Neil's Goodbye Celebration

Neil began in the lab as part of the Presidential Scholar program during his freshman year at Temple. He was a tour de force in the lab for 4+ years. To celebrate his acceptance into Rutgers Medical School we ventured out to the German beer garden, Frankford Hall, for happy hour. Congratulations Neil on your acceptance in to medical school!

Kentucky Derby Party

Andrew performed his this thesis work at the University of Louisville where he began a tradition of watching the Derby with friends. The tradition now continues in Philly!

POOJA WINS ELIOT STELLAR AWARD

Temple University hosted the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. Postdoctoral fellow, Pooja Jadiya, presented a poster on mitochondrial calcium efflux in Alzheimer’s disease and won the Eliot Stellar Research Award for her 1st place poster. Congratulations Pooja ! 

 Pooja (second left) with other award winners. 

Pooja (second left) with other award winners. 

ALYSSA DEFENDS THESIS

Alyssa Lombardi (MD/PhD student) defended her thesis "Mitochondrial Calcium Exchange links Metabolism with Epigenetic Changes to Control Cellular Differentiation" on April 25th. The lab celebrated her successful defense at 1 Tippling Place a speakeasy in Center City. Alyssa is now onto year three of medical school. Congratulations Alyssa!

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 in Cincinnati where many of Jeff's past and present trainees presented their current work and reminesced about the good old days.

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The Molkentin Family Reunion

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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 2nd 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. 

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 (PhD student) 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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Translational Research in Mitochondria, Aging and Disease (TRiMAD) - POOJA WINS AWARD

The lab attended the 6th annual 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!

 Pooja accepts the award for best scientific poster. 

Pooja accepts the award for best scientific poster. 

4th Annual Temple Science Symposium - John, pooja and jonathan win awards

Temple hosted its 4th Annual Science Symposium with invited award lectures from Temple and Fox Chase Cancer Center. Dr Elrod presented his work on mitochondrial calcium signaling in heart disease and won the Early Research Investigator Award. Pooja (Postdoc), Jonathan (PhD stuent), and Alyssa (MD/PhD student) all presented as well. Pooja presented a poster on mitochondrial calcium efflux in Alzheimer’s disease, Alyssa presented her work on myofibroblast transdifferentation in myocardial infarction, and Jonathan presented his work on MCUB and calcium overload. Pooja won the postdoctoral award and Jonathan won the student award for their top scoring posters.