Our lab is proudly International - Jamaica, Canada, China, USA, and Brazil are all represented in our group of 6! However, that means that many in the lab are a long ways from family members and may not yet have groups to celebrate the Holidays with. But in science you always have a family in your lab-mates! So, the Blanco lab joined up with our neighbors, the Chakrabarti lab, and had a big potluck-style Thanksgiving celebration. If nothing else, it was a good introduction for many to the great American Holiday tradition of eating way, waaaay too much - and loving it!! See pictures for some good shots.
After a long wait for his visa, Dr. Ricardo Petroni arrives to the lab from Sao Paulo, Brazil! Ricardo will be a Research Specialist in title, but in reality he’ll be doing a little bit of everything, from research to technical work to lab managing. He can do it all, and the lab is thrilled to have him on board! Welcome, Ricardo - to the United States, to Philly, and to the Blanco lab!!
We pulled it off! In late August the lab rented a big ol’ van and road tripped it up to Boston and Cape Cod for a two-day retreat in Massachusetts! Fueled by music and coffee, we made it up North in great time. The lab spent Day 1 seeing Boston and Cambridge and meeting with colleagues, collaborators, and some old friends. At night we debated science and philosophy till the wee hours of the morning, nearly causing Yumi to quit the lab! Day 2 was spent relaxing on the beach in Cape Cod…see the pictures section for some fun action shots!
The lab is getting a more distinctly Canadian flavor! Joshua Rico and Shayan Rastgou, both undergraduates at the University of Ottawa, are doing summer internships in the Blanco lab. Josh is working on AML screens with Yumi, and Shayan is working on an epigenomics-based bioinformatics project. Welcome to Philly, USA, Josh and Shayan - have a great summer!
The Lenger lab and Blanco lab are teaming up! Zvi is interested in the epigenetic regulation of intestinal stem cells and colorectal cancers, so he'll join both labs for a dual-adviser PhD project. Now that's synergy! Welcome, Zvi, and cheers!
After an outstanding rotation, Yumi decided to join the Blanco lab for her PhD thesis research. She will study the role of the histone demethylase LSD1 in acute myeloid leukemia cell fate decisions. How exciting, cheers!!