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!
Dr. Gaffney and his team would like to welcome our newest GPiBS rotation student, Jennifer Nichols!
The Gaffney lab would like to welcome two new members to our research team. Robert Kwapich is participating in a Visiting Research Graduate Traineeship Program from the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland, and will be working on some of our newest research in investigating the diversity of the microbiome in health and disease. Dr. Yao Fu is our newest post-doctoral fellow. She is a familiar face at OMRF as she joins our group by way of Dr. Tim Griffin’s Lab. We are delighted that she has accepted the challenge of investigating 3D genome architecture and how they influence gene expression and disease phenotypes. The Gaffney Lab is thrilled to have you both Robert and Dr. Fu.
Caroline Say is an Oklahoma City native and an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Caroline has joined us for the summer to learn about functional genomics and the methodologies used to investigate them. She will be working with Dr. Nair and Dr. Wu to design a CRISPR/Cas9 system to disrupt the enhancer region of TNFAIP3, a SLE risk variant. Welcome Caroline!