welcome to Katie!

The Goessling lab is thrilled to announce the official addition of graduate student Katie Lee Hwang to our group!  We are all excited to have Katie join the lab, and welcomed her in true Goessling style last week with an embryo cake.

 
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ASH Annual Meeting

Trista and Mauricio recently attended the American Society of Hematology annual meeting held in Atlanta, Georgia.  Postdoctoral fellow Mauricio Cortes gave a talk on his abstract titled “Vitamin D3 Modulates Definitive Hematopoiesis by Two Distinct Mechanisms in the Developing Zebrafish Embryo.”  In addition of his abstract being selected for an oral presentation, Mauricio received an ASH Abstract Achievement Award for his work.

Continuing tradition, we attended Len Zon’s Zebrafish Myeloid lunch, where we shared our recent work with other zebrafish blood colleagues and discussed the latest advances in zebrafish hematology research.  We enjoyed our time in Atlanta listening to exciting science and meeting new people.  After four days of outstanding science, we culminated the meeting over dinner and drinks with our friends.

See you in New Orleans in 2013!

visit from Masconomet High School students

A group of Masconomet High School freshmen and seniors recently visited the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, presenting Dr. Thomas Abrams and Dr. Wolfram Goessling with a $37,000 check for the Liver Cancer Fund.  The students helped to plan and take part in an annual community fundraising event, the "Masco in Motion" walk, which they dedicated this year to a member of the Masconomet HS community with intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma.

 
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After their tour at the DFCI, the students came to visit Wolfram's lab so they could see liver research in action!  We showed them some zebrafish lines from our satellite facility, talked about the importance of the zebrafish embryo, and made great connections between liver development and cancer treatments.  The students were very enthusiastic and we were thrilled to help them feel a personal connection to the scientific research community here in Boston!

Hematology Meeting

In August, several members of the North Lab traveled to Amsterdam to attend the International Society for Experimental Hematology Annual Meeting.  All three members who submitted abstracts were selected to give talks at the meeting!  Graduate student Kelli Carroll gave a talk entitled “Exposure to Exogenous Estrogens Impairs Formation of the Hematopoietic Niche in Embryonic Zebrafish,” while postdoc Virginie Esain’s talk was titled “Regulation of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Formation by Eicosanoids.” Trista also gave a talk on the “Metabolic Regulation of Hematopoietic Stem Cells”.  We had a great time at the meeting and enjoyed getting to hear some interesting science while making new friends and catching up with old ones.

 
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In addition, we spent some time exploring the sites in Amsterdam.  We visited the Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House, and took a cruise on the canals through the city.

AASLD Liver Meeting

Several members of the Goessling lab recently attended The Annual Liver Meeting, a large conference sponsored by the AASLD.  The conference this year took place at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA, so we were close to many friends and colleagues.

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Postdoc Andy Cox presented a poster entitled "S-nitrosothiol signaling regulates liver size during development and is hepatoprotective following acetaminophen injury."  Graduate student Leah Liu ("Endocannabinoid receptors have divergent roles during liver development and steatosis") and postdoc Sahar Nissim ("Prostaglandin E2 regulates endodermal fate decisions and organ growth during liver and pancreas development") also displayed posters in the Cell and Molecular and NASH: Basic categories, respectively.  Graduate student Maija Garnaas exhibited a more recent project, "Estrogen exhibits dual roles during liver development to inhibit hepatoblast differentiation and enhance hepatocyte proliferation in an Esr2-dependent manner."

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We all enjoyed a great talk by Dr. Michael Pack concerning a plant toxin and models of biliary atresia in the zebrafish.  Several also attended a parallel session on Stem Cells in Liver Diseases and Cancer.