We attended the HTAN meeting in Boston hosted by the Broad. We went through rainy evenings, flight delays, lobster sandwiches, and intense imaging and single cell technology discussions. Li gave a talk representing the Wash U HTAN effort. Punch that Cancer!
Yige passed her QE and we had a (proportionally-sized) cake to celebrate! Congratulations Yige!
Starting this Fall, four of our lab members are moving on to the next step in their careers. Lan will pursue a PhD in bioinformatics and integrative genomics at Harvard, Clara will go to medical school at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Alla will pursue a PhD in biomedical engineering at Wash U, and Erik will pursue a PhD in computational and systems biology at Wash U. Congratulations and good luck Lan, Clara, Erik, and Alla!
Dr. Bryan Welm from the University of Utah visited Wash U to give a fantastic talk on organoid research and precision medicine. He is Matt Bailey’s boss!
We watched another Cards win at the annual Siteman Cancer Center baseball game. Not only did the team win and scored several home runs, but many of us showed up in the big screen! Yize was particularly excited. May 6, 2019
Yige, Matt, Yize, Dan, Bobo, Alla, and Song went to the Spring 2019 CPTAC meeting at the NIH near DC for 2 days of intense proteomics discussions. Yige and Matt did an outstanding job by giving a talk that summarized the lab’s current efforts and contributions to the consortium.
We are really excited to welcome our very first Chemistry PhD student into the lab! Welcome Wagma!
Reyka, Sohini, Erik, Lijun, and Ruiyang attended the annual AACR conference in Atlanta. The conference went from March 29 to April 3, with an attendance of more than 22,500! They enjoyed workshops and presentations given by outstanding scientists from diverse fields in cancer research. It was Erik, Lijun, and Ruiyang’s first time at an AACR conference. Exciting! It was also great to chat with Ding lab alumnus Kuan, who is now an assistant professor at Mount Sinai in NYC. March 29-April 3, 2019
We went out to celebrate several events with our usual Froyo! Dan passed his QE part 2, Ruiyang’s belated QE celebration (winter is too cold for froyo!), and Mamatha and Kazu joining the lab. Our usual location (tuttifruti) was closed, since they haven’t opened for Spring yet, so we went to the eponymous Froyo location further north. Congrats everyone and welcome Mamatha and Kazu!
Dan passed his QE! Congratulations Dan. We had cake (not pictured) to celebrate!
We held our first ever wet lab olympics (load 5 micrograms of dye into 10 wells as fast as possible). Julia won with a speed of <3 secs per well. Keep an eye out for wet lab olympics part 2 with the entire lab!
Spring is almost here as we warmly welcome two new lab members. Julia is a CSB student and Kazu is a postdoc researcher. Welcome both!
Over the past decade, the Cancer Genome Atlas contributed greatly to understanding tumors across 33 cancer types. To further characterize tumor progression and microenvironment as it grows, The Human Tumor Atlas Network (HTAN) was initiated. WashU researchers led by Dr. Li Ding got $9 million support from the NIH to investigate breast and pancreatic cancers in HTAN. Through local collaborations with project co-leads (Dr. Ryan C. Fields, Dr. William Gillanders and Dr. Samuel Achilefu) and researchers across HTAN, this project will help us dive into tumor invasion and drug resistance in cancer. Jan 11, 2019
Alla defended her Master's thesis titiled "Acetylation profiles of histone and non-histone proteins in breast cancer" and Ruiyang passed her QE smoothly. Alla is the first Master's student to graduate from the Ding Lab! Congratulations! We celebrated this with champagne and cake! December 18, 2018.
We had a lab holiday party at Li and Feng's house. Reyka just got her PhD degree on Friday and Bobo proposed to his girlfriend on Tuesday night! Congrats, Reyka and Bobo! After a nice lunch, people exchanged white elephant holiday gifts and played games. December 15, 2018.
Congratulations to Dr. Reyka Jayasinghe! Her thesis was titled "The splice is not right: splice-site-creating mutations in cancer genomes". She did brilliant work not only in science but also in student leadership positions across campus. We will miss you! Meow~~~ December 14, 2018.
Fernanda and Steven represented the Ding Lab at the 2018 meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) in San Diego, CA. Steven presented his work titled “Comprehensive Multi-Omics Analysis of Gene Fusions in a Large Multiple Myeloma Cohort”, while Fernanda presented twice: one invited talk titled “Germline Variants in Multiple Myeloma”, and a poster titled “Characterization of Germline Variants in Multiple Myeloma”. They enjoyed meeting new colleagues, collaborators, and exploring San Diego! Chris Yoon, representing his lab at KAIST, also presented his work with multiple myeloma samples from Korea. November 30 - December 4, 2018.