Lab News

September 2020: The Shell lab and a team of collaborators are awarded an NIH grant to study the mechanisms of antimycobacterial activity by Artemisia plant extracts (NIAID 1 R21 AI151481-01).

September 2020: Our paper on the role of the DNA methyltransferase MamA is published. This paper is the culmination of work by two WPI undergrads as well as PhD student Ying Zhou and postdoc Carla Martini. Congratulations to the team! You can find it here.

September 2020: Our paper on Regulation of mRNA Stability During Bacterial Stress Responses is published. Congratulations to Diego Vargas-Blanco and Scarlet Shell! You can find it here.

 

August 2020: Undergrads Catherine Masiello, Justin Moy, Jessica Kelly, and Adrian Orszulak complete summer bioinformatics projects – the science goes on, in spite of covid!

July 2020: The Shell lab together with a team of collaborators across the country are awarded an NIH program project grant to study pathways required for stress tolerance and antibiotic tolerance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (NIAID 1 P01 AI143575-01A1).

July 2020: Congratulations to Carla Martini (postdoc) on the birth of her new baby, Lucas!

July 2020: Our paper on the antimycobacterial properties of Artemisia plant extracts is published. This project is an exciting new collaboration with the lab of Pam Weathers. Congratulations to first author Carla Martini (postdoc) and the rest of the team! Check it out here.

June 2020: Grad students and postdoc are back in the lab and dancing joyfully from the freezer to the RNA bench!

June 2020: Congratulations to Shell lab alum Alexa Davis (B.S., 2020) on her new position as a research associate at Abcam Life Sciences!

June 2020: Congratulations to Shell lab alum Joe Dainis (B.S., 2020) on his new position as a research technician at Brown University!

April 2020: More exciting news in April. Scarlet was awarded the WPI Sigma Xi Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award! Congratulations!

April 2020: Congratulations to Karina Franca (B.S., 2020)! Karina will be attending the Boston University School of Medicine for a Masters of Science in Genetic Counseling Program starting Fall 2020.

April 2020: Our newest paper is out and it is our first paper to have an undergraduate as co-first author. Congratulations Tien Nguyen (B.S.) and Diego Vargas-Blanco (Ph.D. candidate). Check it out.

April 2020: While our weekly meetings changed format, we are still eager to do science and share our findings… though we can’t help but feel nostalgic about the RNA bench.

 

Feb 2020: Ying, Diego and Huaming at the WPI’s Graduate Research and Innovation Exchange poster celebration day. Ying and Diego made it to the finals!

Feb 2020: Ying, Diego and Huaming at the WPI’s Graduate Research and Innovation Exchange poster celebration day. Ying and Diego made it to the finals!

GRIE 2020

 

Nov 2019: lab game night!
Lab party time

 

Fall 2019: welcome to Julia, our newest PhD student!

Summer 2019: recent WPI grads Sam and Tien get exciting jobs as research technicians.

July 2019: Scarlet is elected to chair the Gordon Research Conference on Mechanisms of Microbial Transcription in 2023.

July 2019: Diego is elected to chair the Gordon Research Seminar on Tuberculosis Drug Development in 2021.

June 2019: Lunch to celebrate Diego’s mBio paper.

Celebrating Diego's paper

June 2019: Sam gives a lightening talk at the Boston Bacterial Meeting and wins the prize for best undergraduate poster.

Sam BBM lightening talk

 

May 2019: Three fantastic students – Oscar, Tien, and Sam – receive their Bachelor’s degrees.

Sam, Tien, and Oscar

 

May 2019: Sam, Tien, and Oscar present their senior projects.

Tien at PPD

Sam at PPD

Oscar at PPD

 

May 2019: Celebrating Scarlet’s WPI Board of Trustees Award for Outstanding Academic Advising.

Advising award dinner

April 2019: Diego wins best life sciences poster the the WPI Graduate Research and Innovation Exchange, and Sam wins the Salisbury prize for excellence in Biology and Biotechnology (with WPI president Laurie Leshin and WPI provost Wole Soboyejo).

GRIE and Salisbury Sam Salisbury award

 

April 2019: WPI undergrads contribute to the Shell lab’s research mission in a course-based research experience (with Associate Teaching Professor Lou Roberts).

BB3527 poster session BB3527 poster session announcement

 

 

 

April 2019: lab game night!

 

Lab party

 

March 8, 2019: Carla’s paper is accepted for publication by Frontiers in Microbiology. Time for a celebration lunch!

2019 Carla paper celebration lunch

March 7, 2019: Diego presents his work at the Boston TB Meeting

February 6, 2019: Diego and Huaming present their work at WPI’s Graduate Research and Innovation Exchange

Diego GRIE 2019 Huaming GRIE 2019

 

January 2019: Ying gives a talk at the Pioneer Valley Microbiology Symposium

Ying PVMS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 2019: Scarlet gives a talk and Carla presents a poster at Keystone Tuberculosis in Banff, Alberta

 

Banff 2019 Carla Keystone 2019Scarlet Keystone 2019 program