Lab Outing to Nomad Pizza

To celebrate the end of summer the lab went out to Nomad Pizza on South Street for a fantastic dinner. Afterwards the lab headed to Tattooed Mom for drinks and some great games of pool. 

Seminar by Guest Speaker Jörg Heineke

 Dr. Jörg Heineke (left) and Dr. Doug Tilley at dinner after the seminar. 

Dr. Jörg Heineke (left) and Dr. Doug Tilley at dinner after the seminar. 

Jörg Heineke - Professor at Hannover Medical School and Molkentin alum, gave an excellent talk as part of the CTM Seminar Series on the Molecular Mechanisms of Heart Failure. 

BCVS 2017 - Portland, Oregon

 Alyssa presenting her poster on myofibroblast transdifferentiation

Alyssa presenting her poster on myofibroblast transdifferentiation

Dr. Elrod and lab members Jonathan and Alyssa attended the AHA-BCVS conference in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Elrod participated as a judge for the New Investigator Award competition and as a panel member of a special session. Alyssa presented two abstracts, one on myofibroblast transdifferentiation and a second on a novel necrotic cell death pathway, and Jonathan presented his work on MCUB regulation of mitochondrial calcium uptake. 

 Dr. Elrod during the New Investigator competition questioning. 

Dr. Elrod during the New Investigator competition questioning. 

 Jonathan presenting his poster on MCUB regulation of mitochondrial calcium uptake.

Jonathan presenting his poster on MCUB regulation of mitochondrial calcium uptake.

 Panel members for the "Next Big Thing in CV Sciences" session. From left to right: Rui-ping Xiao, MD, PhD; Jennifer Davis, PhD; John W. Elrod, PhD; Steven R. Houser, PhD, FAHA. 

Panel members for the "Next Big Thing in CV Sciences" session. From left to right: Rui-ping Xiao, MD, PhD; Jennifer Davis, PhD; John W. Elrod, PhD; Steven R. Houser, PhD, FAHA. 

 "Next Big Thing in CV Sciences" session. Audience during the New Investigator Competition

"Next Big Thing in CV Sciences" session. Audience during the New Investigator Competition

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 Temple trainees take a break break from the conference to enjoy Portland's beautiful rose gardens.  

Temple trainees take a break break from the conference to enjoy Portland's beautiful rose gardens.  

Molkentin Lab Reunion 2017

Dr Elrod attended the Molkentin Lab reunion where he met many of the Molkentin lab's new members and reconvined with many associates he worked with in the past. 

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The Molkentin Group

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16th Annual Dawn Mark's Day - Alyssa wins award

Temple's Lewis Katz School of Medicine held its 16th Annual Dawn Mark's Day student research showcase. This years event featured 44 student poster exhibits and 10 oral presentations. Jonathan gave an oral presentation on MCUb regulation of mitochondrial calcium uptake and Alyssa presented on new mechanisms of myofibroblast differentiation and won second place in the poster competition. Congratulations Alyssa!

 Alyssa, right, with her award. 

Alyssa, right, with her award. 

 Alyssa, second on right, with the other winners of the oral and poster presentations. 

Alyssa, second on right, with the other winners of the oral and poster presentations. 

Dr Barrie Ashbys Retirement Party

Dr Barrie Ashby, an esteemed member of the Temple science community, retired this spring. He greatly advanced the knowledge of prostaglandin structure and function. Happy Retirement Dr Ashby! 

 Temple Faculty and Staff celebrating Dr Barrie Ashby

Temple Faculty and Staff celebrating Dr Barrie Ashby

Tim's Last Day - Onward to upenn

The lab went out to celebrate Tim's last day at Temple.  Tim accepted a position as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Joe Baur's lab at the University of Pennsylvania. Congrats and best of luck!

 

 

 

 Devin, Tim and Neil celebrate Tim's defense of his thesis. 

Devin, Tim and Neil celebrate Tim's defense of his thesis. 

 Tim, Alyssa and Trevor take a selfie to commorate the happy moment. 

Tim, Alyssa and Trevor take a selfie to commorate the happy moment. 

Tim Defends Thesis

Tim successfully defended his thesis "The Role of Mitchondrial Calcium Exchange in Cardiac Physiology and Disease". Afterwards the lab went out to celebrate his success. Special thanks to Dr. Tish Murphy for serving as the outside expert reader.

 The lab celebrates Tim's successful defense of this thesis.

The lab celebrates Tim's successful defense of this thesis.

 Neil, Alyssa, and Devin enjoying the festivities. 

Neil, Alyssa, and Devin enjoying the festivities. 

Holiday Party 2016

The lab ended 2016 with the annual CTM-CVRC karaoke blowout. Tim was hard at work with his selfie stick.

 

 Jonathan and Tim along with other Temple associates

Jonathan and Tim along with other Temple associates

 Wally, John and Tim during karaoke. 

Wally, John and Tim during karaoke. 

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 Tim and Emma during karaoke. 

Tim and Emma during karaoke. 

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6th Regional Translational Research in Mitochondria, Aging and Disease (TRiMAD) in Philadelphia - 2016

The lab attended the TRiMAD conference held at CHOP. Pooja, Jonathan and Alyssa all presented. Jonathan presented on MCUb gating in calcium uptake, Alyssa presented on myofibroblast transdifferntiation in myocardial infarction. and Pooja presented her work on mitochondrial calcium efflux in Alzheimer’s disease. Pooja was awarded the Best Scientific Poster Award. Congratulations Pooja!

 Pooja accepts the award for best scientific poster. 

Pooja accepts the award for best scientific poster. 

15th Annual Dawn Mark's Day - 2016

Tim, Alyssa, and Jonathan presented at Temple's 15th annual Dawn Mark's Day. Alyssa presented her work on myofibroblast transdifferentaiton in myocardial infarction and Jonathan presented on MCUB modulation of mitochondrial calcium uptake. 

 Tim uses his selfie stick to take a pictures of the lab during the Dawn Marks Day poster presentation 

Tim uses his selfie stick to take a pictures of the lab during the Dawn Marks Day poster presentation 

Experimental Biology Conference (EB) - San Diego - Tim & Alyssa Win Awards

John, Alyssa, Tim and Jonathan attended the Experimental Biology Conference in San Diego, California. Alyssa presented her work on mechanisms of myofibroblast differentiation; Jonathan presented his wok on MCUB regulation of mitochondrial calcium uptake; Tim presented his work on the role of NCLX in heart failure. Tim and Alyssa were both awarded the APS Cardiovascular Research Recognition Award for their top scoring abstracts. Congratulations Tim and Alyssa!

 Alyssa and Tim with their APS Research Recognition Awards

Alyssa and Tim with their APS Research Recognition Awards

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 Tim and Alyssa in front of Alyssa's poster 

Tim and Alyssa in front of Alyssa's poster 

 Alyssa, Tim, Jonathan and other Temple scientists visit Ballast Point for a drink

Alyssa, Tim, Jonathan and other Temple scientists visit Ballast Point for a drink

61st Biophysical Society (BPS) Conference - Alyssa & Pooja win awards

The lab attend the Biophysical Society Conference in New Orleans, Lousiana. Pooja presented her work on mitochondrial calcium efflux in AD and won the Committee for Professional Opportunities for Women (CPOW) Travel Award.  Alyssa presented her work on myofibroblast transdifferentiation in myocardial infarction and won the Biophysical Society Education Travel Award. Congratulations Pooja and Alyssa! 

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 Pooja and Alyssa at dinner after the conference. 

Pooja and Alyssa at dinner after the conference. 

 Café Du Monde in New Orleans. 

Café Du Monde in New Orleans. 

Scientific Sessions 2015

The Lab attended Scientific Sessions in Orlando and had a great time.  The highlight was Fede Accornero (former Molkentin trainee) winning the Katz Basic Science Research Prize.  By chance, three former Lefer trainees were all featured in the same session 'Cardiac Cell Death - Prevention and Recovery'.

 Fede after winning the Katz.

Fede after winning the Katz.

 Calvert, Jones, and Elrod

Calvert, Jones, and Elrod

NCX Meeting in Jerusalem and Visit to Technion in Haifa

I was lucky to travel to Israel to visit my good friend Izhak Kehat in Haifa and give a talk at Technion.  The highlight of the trip was the personal tour by Izhak to various religious landmarks in the North of Israel.  From there it was onto Jerusalem for the 7th International Conference on Sodium Calcium Exchange thanks to a lecture invite from our friend and collaborator, Israel Sekler. Beyond the great science presented at this meeting, I had the intense experience of spending significant time touring Jerusalem. 

 View from the Kehat Lab - not sure how you get any work done with this out your window.....

View from the Kehat Lab - not sure how you get any work done with this out your window.....

 Izhak at the Jordan River baptismal site

Izhak at the Jordan River baptismal site

 Southern Wall of Temple Mount

Southern Wall of Temple Mount

 Looking out from the Old City

Looking out from the Old City