Last days at Boston College: Packing up the lab, finding new old stuff on the top of the cabinets, research still continues (!), 120 boxes packed, and the last pizza with the lab.
Touched and honored by the parting gift from our undergrads who named us their scientific mom and dad. Thank you so much Tessa, Christine, Harry, Cassie, Max, and Shannon! You are amazing students!
Kelly hosted a Going Away Dinner Party to say goodbye to Alexa, Remco, Christina, and Justin who will soon start their new adventures at Michigan State University.
At the Veenema lab outing, we went to Fenway Park to watch the Red Sox beat the Orioles 12-2! David Price had 7 wins and we saw David Ortiz hit his 536th homerun to tie Mickey Mantle! Go Sox!!
Justin Smith joins the lab as postdoctoral fellow. He received his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Florida under the direction of Dr. Eric Krause in 2016. Justin is interested in developing a better understanding of the central mechanisms that govern social behavior using circuit-level and molecular techniques. His specific interests lie in determining sex-specific mechanisms related to oxytocin and vasopressin expression in the brain. Welcome to the lab, Justin!
Kyle Gobrogge joins the lab as postdoctoral fellow. He received his PhD in Neuroscience at Florida State University under the direction of Dr. Zuoxin Wang in 2010. He then was a postdoc in Dr. Edward Kravitz lab at Harvard Medical School from 2010-2014 and in Dr. Klaus Miczek’s lab at Tufts University from 2014-2016. Kyle will be using molecular genetic tools to manipulate social play behavior. Welcome to the lab, Kyle!
Zoe Shaw (cutting a rat brain in thin sections at the cryostat), a junior at John Jay High School, works in the lab over the summer to gain hands-on experience in neuroscience research. She is supervised by Tessa Gillespie and they work on a project to determine whether exposure to early life stress alters the oxytocin and vasopressin systems in the brain. Zoe participates in a rigorous 3-year Science Research program at John Jay High School and this internship is an important part of the program.
Julia Kastner (performing immunohistochemistry on rat brain sections), a junior high school student at Concord Academy, works in the lab over the summer to gain hands-on experience in neuroscience research. She is supervised by Harry Cheung and they work on a project led by Brett DiBenedictis to determine the role of vasopressin in sociosexual motivation. Julia participates in the InSPIRE (Interested Students Pursuing Internship Research Experiences) program at Concord Academy which allows students who are interested in research careers to get involved in science.
Celebrating with ice cream that Caroline’s paper got accepted in the Journal Brain Structure and Function. Congrats to Caroline!!
The Veenema lab held its first Bring-Your-Parents-To-The-Lab-Day. Family of Veenema lab members were invited to get an inside look at the research conducted in the Veenema lab. Nineteen family members received live demonstrations (by their own children) of the different behavioral neuroscience techniques carried out in the Veenema lab. This was preceded by a short PowerPoint presentation by Alexa about the goals and impact of the research in the lab and was followed by student poster presentations and a Q & A. It was a great day and a lot of fun!
Alexa and Kelly posing in their doctoral outfits while attending Kelly’s doctoral diploma ceremony in Robsham’s theather at Boston College where Kelly was also honored as 2016 recipient of the Donald and Helene White Dissertation Award for the best dissertation in the field of social sciences.
Annual lab party at Remco’s and Alexa’s celebrating Alexa’s tenure and promotion to associate professor.