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Dr. Medina in the news

Dr. Medina was recently interviewed and quoted on the state of coral reefs for the Environmental Health News magazine. She and other top coral researchers discussed the importance of using genetic tools to understand corals and call for the cessation of climate change. You can read the article here.

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Summer Internships

Sofia Roitman and Victoria Sharp have embarked this summer on exciting internships to learn new research techniques. Sofia enjoyed her time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology learning to process bacterial metagenomes. Victoria Sharp is in Japan interning with two cnidarian researchers as part of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science program. She […]

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Good luck, Dr. Kerwin!

We wish our post-doc, Dr. Allison Kerwin, all the best as the begins her assistant professorship position at McDaniel University! While she will continue working with us on collaborative projects, her expertise in microbiology and her great sense of humor will be sorely missed.

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Welcome, Leah!

We are so pleased to welcome Penn State alumna, Leah Guizar, to our lab as our jellyfish husbandry expert! Victoria and the undergraduate students have increased the number of jellyfish experiments, so we are happy to have Leah’s aquaria expertise in rearing more jellies. Leah and her family maintain several saltwater tanks in their home, […]

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Welcome, Dr. Crandall!

We are so pleased to welcome Dr. Eric Crandall to Penn State as a research associate professor. He is participating in our lab initiatives as he settles in to research in the Biology Department. He comes to us from Cal State University at Monterey Bay where he was an assistant professor. His research has been […]

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Victoria earns Sloan Scholarship

We couldn’t be more proud of our second Sloan Scholar in the Medina Lab, Victoria Sharp! She has been diligently working on justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) projects at Penn State, in addition to her excellent graduate work on Cassiopea. Her latest achievement has been writing Wikipedia pages about underrepresented minorities (URM) in science […]

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Colin wins at SACNAS!

We congratulate our new Ph.D. student, Colin Howe, on his Outstanding Presentation Award at the Fall 2020 Society for the Advancement of Chicano/as and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) conference. He presented his Master’s degree work on coral nursery transplants. Way to start off your Ph.D., Colin!

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Congratulations, Drs. Avila & González!

Viridiana Avila Magaña and Ana María González Ángel have successfully defended their dissertations and completed their doctorate degrees. Dr. Avila studied the phylogenetic effects of potential coral bleaching survivorship among three divergent species, as well as microRNAs and developmental gene expression of the Upside-Down Jellyfish, Cassiopea xamachana. Dr. González researched the gene expression during spawning […]

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