Jaanam Gopalakrishnan received the OMRF Retreat Graduate Student Travel Award and Yao Fu received the OMRF Retreat Postdoctoral Research Travel Award at the 2018 Annual OMRF Retreat for their wonderful poster presentations! Way to go ladies! You two are both great representatives of the groundbreaking work we do in the Gaffney lab!
Ladies and gentlemen, she has done it again! We couldn’t be more proud of our graduate student, Jaanam Gopalakrishnan, for her excellent presentations at the 2018 OUHSC Graduate Research, Education, and Technology (GREAT) Symposium. She is the recipient of the Graduate Student Association Award for Outstanding Research Travel Award. Congrats again, Jaanam!
Jaanam Gopalakrishnan has been award the 2018 Kimmelstiel Award from the Pathology Department at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. The award is presented to the Pathology Graduate Student who demonstrates exceptional productively in the laboratory, and excellence in both research and presentation skills.
We are so proud of you, Jaanam! Congratulations!
The Gaffney Lab would like to welcome our newest postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Jim Warner. Jim received his Ph.D. under the mentorship of Dr. Gaffney. After venturing out into the world of Pharmaceutical Industry and returning to academia via as a postdoctoral fellowship at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Jim has now returned to our lab to continue his investigations into the vexing molecular mechanisms of IRF5. We are so glad to have you back Jim!
In July, Dr. Gaffney was appointed as the Head of the new Division of Genomics and Data Science in the Arthritis and Clinical Immunology Program at OMRF. His new position is a testament to his internationally recognized scientific accomplishments and his leadership within the foundation. Dr. Gaffney’s vision for the new Division includes facilitating ongoing and cultivating new collaborations within the division, the institution, and beyond to further strengthen the role of genomics and data science research at OMRF. Dr. Gaffney and Division team members are committed to making OMRF an institution renowned for its genomics and data science research.
Congratulations to Dr. Kandice Tessneer on the birth of her new baby boy!
Dr. Gaffney and everyone on the Gaffney team want to congratulate Jaanam Gopalakrishnan! She is the recipient of the 2017 OMRF Pre-doctoral Scholarship endowed by the Barrett Scholarship Fund. A job well done, Jaanam!
Dr. Gaffney and his research team would like to welcome OUHSC MD/PhD rotation student, John Woods, and OMRF Fleming Scholars, Kari Hall and Henry (Hank) Unterschuetz, to our research program.
John is a MD/PhD student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. We are delighted that he selected Dr. Gaffney’s research team for his first laboratory rotation. John will be exploring the ins and outs of CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing under the mentorship of our Staff Scientist, Dr. Satish Pasula.
Kari and Hank are undergraduate students at the University of Oklahoma. They were selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants to participate in OMRF’s 2017 Fleming Scholar Program. Kari and Hank will be investigating the complexities of cellular stress pathways as they pertain to SLE while under the mentorship of our Assistant Staff Scientist, Dr. Mandi Wiley.
Jaanam Gopalakrishnan was awarded a highly competitive 2017 GREAT Symposium Graduate Student Travel Award for her oral presentation of her recent work on the “Identification of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus causal risk variant candidates spanning UBE2L3 haplotype”.
Yao Fu was awarded a competitive 2017 OMRF Retreat Travel Award for her poster presentation introducing “Protein-mediated 3D Genome Architecture by HiChIP”. Yao is spearheading the development of innovative HiChIP technologies for primary cell applications.
Way to go ladies! Keep up the hard work.
Congratulations and celebrations are in order! Dr. Ajay Nair welcomed his beautiful baby girl into the world this weekend!