Sofia’s stellar study, performed with Medina Lab collaborators, on the microbiomes of transplanted corals in reefs in and around Varadero has been published in Coral Reefs! Learn more about how the reef environments influenced the microbial community and survivorship here
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.
At the Science Writers’ conference hosted by Penn State in October 2019, Dr. Medina presented her labs research and fielded questions about the future of coral reefs. She was interviewed by a science writer for the Nature magazine and gave a sobering reminder about maintaining hope for reefs while avoiding a sense of complacency. Read […]
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 […]
Sofia Roitman has received the prestigious Sloan Scholarship for founding Penn State’s chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and her all-around academic excellence. These scholarship fund will help advancer her research and career in science. More information can be found in this article.
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 […]
Victoria Sharp received a scholarship from the International Women’s Fishing Association for her work on Cassiopea xamachana. Julia Stewart is one of the recipients of the coveted National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP) this year. Well done, ladies!
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.