The Day Lab receives a 2-year R21 research grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to understand the molecular mechanisms in dopamine neurons that underlie the role of these cells in reward learning.
Day lab undergraduate student Saakshi Thukral receives poster prize at the 2nd Annual World Congress for Undergraduate Research held at the University of Oldenburg in Germany. Saakshi’s abstract was chosen from hundreds of abstracts for a poster presentation, and her poster won top honors in the “Create” category. Congrats Saakshi!
Katherine successfully defends her PhD Dissertation! Katherine is now moving on to a postdoctoral fellowship with Bruce Hope at the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. Day receives UAB School of Medicine Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research. Link
Dr. Day receives UAB Graduate School Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentorship. Link
Day lab undergraduate student Natalie Simpkins receives summer fellowship as part of the UAB Clinical Innovations Program. Congrats Natalie! Additionally, lab undergraduate Nicholas Southern was selected for a summer internship at Q-State Biosciences in Boston. Congrats Nick!
Day lab undergraduate student Jasmin Revanna selected as a 2019 recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award. This award is given to the top student in the college, following a highly competitive nomination process from within each academic program. Congrats Jasmin!
Our paper on adaptation of CRISPR activation for neuronal systems has been accepted for publication in eNeuro. This work was headed by Katherine Savell and Svitlana Bach, but was a team effort involving a substantial fraction of the lab. This manuscript details significant alterations to available CRISPR/dCas9 tools in order to achieve robust and efficient gene regulation in neurons. This system provides a specific, modular, and multiplexable platform for titratable upregulation of selected genes both in vivo and in vitro, without the need for a specific transgenic animal. The plasmids outlined in this manuscript are available on Addgene. Congrats to everyone that assisted in completion of this manuscript!
Day lab undergraduate student Jasmin Revanna selected as a 2019 Outstanding Student for the Undergraduate Neuroscience Program. Congrats Jasmin!
Nancy’s review on genomic enhancers is published in Genes. Congrats Nancy!
Day lab PhD student Nancy Gallus receives a 2018 Trainee Professional Development Award from the Society for Neuroscience. In addition to support to attend the 2018 Neuroscience meeting in San Diego, this award gives recipients a chance to present an abstract in a poster session, meet peers, and network with senior scientists. Congrats Nancy!
The Day Lab receives a grant supplement from NIDA and the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health to expand our studies on transcriptional and epigenetic changes following drug experience to female animals. We are excited to continue this work with additional support and begin examining sex differences in drug abuse models. Congrats to postdoctoral fellow Jennifer Tuscher for her outstanding contribution here.
Day lab MD/PhD students Corey Duke and Morgan Zipperly receive competitive spots on institutional T32 training grant. Corey was awarded his second year on the Neurobiology of Cognition and Cognitive Disorders T32, and Morgan was awarded her first year on the Cellular and Molecular Biology T32. Congrats Corey and Morgan!
Lab graduate student Nancy Carullo was selected for an IBRO fellowship to attend the 2018 EMCCS and FENS meetings in Berlin, Germany. As part of this fellowship Nancy will give a research presentation at EMCCS. Congrats Nancy!
The Day Lab receives a 5-year R01 research grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to understand the role of enhancers and enhancer RNAs in neuronal function.
Lab undergraduate student Jasmin Revanna wins third place award in UAB's inaugural Video Research Award competition. Following this, Jasmin won an outstanding poster prize at the Stanford Research Conference. Congrats to Jasmin on both accomplishments!
Lab undergraduate students Natalie Simpkins and Saakshi Thukral both received UAB Presidential Summer Fellowships to participate in lab research projects this coming summer. Congrats to Natalie and Saakshi!
Lab undergraduate student Guan-En Graham accepted into Ph.D. Neuroscience program at Rutgers University. Congratulations Guan-En!
Lab undegraduate student Aaron Salisbury and lab REU student Julia Burke were both selected for year-long post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Awards at the NIH. These prestigious awards offer stipend support and research training at NIH intramural research campuses. Congrats to Aaron and Julia!
Lab undergraduate student Jasmin Revanna selected for prestigious WAVE Fellowship. Jasmin will temporarily leave us in the summer of 2018 to pursue a research project at CalTech. Congrats Jasmin!
Lab REU student Julia Burke wins NSF REU travel award to attend the 2017 Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington, DC. Congrats Julia!
Postdoctoral Fellow Jen Tuscher joins the lab. Jen received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in Karyn Frick's lab, where she studied estrogenic regulation of hippocampal learning and memory. In the Day Lab, Jen hopes to study molecular and epigenetic mechanisms that regulate the effects of 17B-estradiol on memory. Welcome Jen!
Day lab PhD student Katherine Savell is named a recipient of a 2017 Trainee Professional Development Award from the Society for Neuroscience. In addition to support to attend the 2017 Neuroscience meeting in Washington, DC, this award gives recipients a chance to present an abstract in a poster session, meet peers, and network with senior scientists. Congrats Katherine!
Day lab PhD student Nancy Gallus wins the 2017 Whit Mallory Award, the top student award given by the Civitan International Research Center's Emerging Scholars program. The award comes with $25,000 in stipend and research support. Congratulations Nancy!
Summer Program in Neuroscience (SPIN) student Julia Burke wins top presentation award in SPIN presentation symposium. This makes her eligible for additional NSF resources for travel funding. Congrats Julia!
Day lab MD/PhD student Corey Duke receives a competitive spot on the institutional T32 training grant in Neurobiology of Cognition and Cognitive Disorders. Congrats Corey!
Corey's paper on transcriptional and DNA regulatory modifications in hippocampus-dependent memory formation is published in Learning & Memory! Corey's Circos plot is featured on the cover of the journal edition as well. Congrats Corey!
Lab MD/PhD student Corey Duke selected to attend the 2017 CSHL course on Chromatin, Epigenetics, and Gene Expression. Corey was awarded the CSHL Helmsley Charitable Trust Scholarship to attend this selective course.
Day Lab undergraduate student Michael Vivian awarded a prestigious spot in the UAB-Genentech Scholars program, which will allow him to pursue a full-time research project in the lab this summer. Congratulations Mike!
Day Lab undergraduate student Jasmin Revanna accepted to the 2017 Amgen Scholars Program. Jasmin will temporarily leave us in the summer of 2017 to pursue a project at CalTech. Congrats Jasmin!
Congrats to Day Lab graduate student Katherine Savell, who received a 3-year National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institute on Drug Abuse!
Dr. Day listed as "Scientist to Watch" by The Scientist magazine.
CRISPR/Cas9 research in the Day Lab featured in UAB magazine.
Congrats to Day Lab undergraduate student Jasmin Revanna on receiving the first place poster award in the natural sciences and mathematics division at the 2016 National Collegiate Honors Council.
Postdoctoral fellow Kendra Bunner joins the lab. Kendra received her Ph.D. training in George Rebec's lab at Indiana University, where she used electrophysiological tools to characterize glutamate dysregulation in animal models of Huntington's Disease. Welcome Kendra!
Congrats to Day Lab postdoctoral fellow Svitlana Bach on her funded F32 NRSA application from the National Institute of Mental Health.
Congrats to Day Lab postdoctoral fellow Faraz Sultan for his funded F32 NRSA application from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Congrats to Day Lab undergraduate student Rhiana Simon on receiving the Undergraduate Speaker Award at the 2016 Civitan Simpson-Ramsey Neurodevelopment Symposium! Rhiana's talk focused on her work on non-coding RNAs that arise from genomic enhancers.
Congrats to Day Lab graduate student Katherine Savell on receiving an honorable mention distinction on her NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program proposal.
Congrats to Day Lab undergraduate student Rhiana Simon on accepting offer to attend graduate program in Neuroscience at UNC-Chapel Hill!
Congrats to Day Lab undergraduate student Rhiana Simon on winning a best poster award (and cash prize) at the UAB Spring Research Forum!
Day Lab member Corey Duke starts podcast to share stories and history from the UAB School of Medicine.
Day Lab undergraduate student Rhiana Simon is awarded the Civitan International Research Center Honors Collegiate Research Fellowship. The Scholarship was established to enable outstanding undergraduate researchers to attend the annual conference for Council for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) April 7th – 9th in Asheville, NC. Congratulations Rhiana!
Dr. Day selected as Pittman Scholar by the UAB School of Medicine. The Pittman Scholar Award was created to honor the legacy of Dr. James A. Pittman, Jr., the longest-serving dean in UAB’s history.
Dr. Day quoted in Nature perspective on epigenetic editing.
Graduate rotation student Nancy Gallus re-joins the lab. Nancy is in the Neuroscience theme of GBS and received her B.S. in Molecular Medicine from the University of Tubingen. Nancy is working on using single molecule RNA FISH and optogenetic tools. Welcome Nancy!
Day Lab postdoctoral fellow Svitlana Bach awarded a Civitan Emerging Scholar award from the Civitan International Organization. The $25,000 award will provide research and support costs for Svitlana's work. Congratulations Svitlana!
Day Lab graduate student Katherine Savell awarded a Graduate Student Scholarship from HHMI/Janelia Research Campus to attend the upcoming conference "Behavioral Epigenetics - Conserved Mechanisms in Diverse Model Systems". Congrats Katherine!
Graduate rotation student Kaela Kelly joins the lab. Kaela is in the Neuroscience theme of GBS and received her B.S. in Chemistry from Mary Baldwin College. Kaela is working on using optogenetic tools to understand circuit function in brain reward pathways. Welcome Kaela!
Day Lab graduate student Katherine Savell awarded Carol Herd Greenisen Women in Science Memorial Fellowship. Congrats Katherine!
Dr. Day receives an Early Career Travel Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.
Jasmin Revanna joins the lab. Jasmin will be a freshman at UAB in the fall of 2015.
Andrew Brane joins the lab as a research technician. Andrew received his B.S. in Zoology from Auburn University. Welcome Andrew!
Dr. Day receives an Avenir Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The 5-year, $2.2 million grant will support our research on epigenetic regulation in brain reward circuits.
Medical student Corey Duke joins the lab. Corey received a fellowship through the Medical Student Summer Research Program at UAB to use whole-genome sequencing approaches to study epigenetic reprogramming in animal models of addiction. Welcome Corey!
MSTP student Morgan Zipperly joins the lab. Morgan is entering her second year in the UAB Medical Scientist Training Program and is working on monitoring single unit activity in the brain with electrophysiology and optogenetics. Welcome Morgan!
Undergraduate student Roxanne Robidoux joins the lab. Roxanne is a Chemistry major at UAB and is working on single-cell epigenetic profiling and epigenetic targeting using CRISPR/Cas systems. Welcome Roxanne!
Postdoctoral fellow Svitlana Bach joins the lab. Svitlana received her Ph.D. from Wake Forest in 2015, where she studied epigenetic roles of the proteasome in long-term synaptic plasticity in Ashok Hegde's lab. Welcome Svitlana!
Congrats to Day Lab graduate student Katherine Savell for winning a poster award at the Abcam-sponsored conference "Epigenetics: bridging development and disease" in Boston.
Congrats to Day Lab graduate student Katherine Savell for winning a travel grant from the UAB Graduate School. This award will support Katherine's travel expenses for presentation at an upcoming conference.
Undergraduate student Arthi Reddy joins the lab. Arthi is a rising junior in the Neuroscience Program at UAB and will be working on molecular cloning and engineering of CRISPR/Cas systems. Welcome Arthi!
Undergraduate student Lauren Silverwood joins the lab. Lauren is a Chemistry major at UAB and is working on epigenetic targeting using CRISPR/Cas systems. Welcome Lauren!
Congratulations to Day Lab undergraduate student Rhiana Simon, who was one of 4 UAB students to win poster presentation awards at the 14th Annual University of Alabama System Honors Research Conference. UAB students won awards in 4 of the 8 categories, and Rhiana's poster was selected as the top presentation in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics category.
New editorial with Erik Roberson in Neurology discusses a recent paper describing the effects C9ORF72 gene DNA methylation in frontotemporal demetia.
Congrats to UAB medical student Corey Duke, who received a summer research fellowship through the Medical Student Summer Research Program (MSSRP) to support his summer 2015 research in the Day Lab.
Rotation student Jennifer Davis joins the lab. Jennifer is in the Genetics theme of the Graduate Biomedical Sciences program, and received her B.S. fromMichigan State University. Welcome Jennifer!
Congrats to Day Lab undergraduate student Rhiana Simon on her admission into the UAB Summer Program in Neuroscience (SPIN). Rhiana will join other undergraduate students from across the country for a hands-on research experience during the summer of 2015. Admission to this competitive program includes a summer stipend and one-on-one preparation for graduate studies.
Congrats to Day Lab postdoc Faraz Sultan for his presentation award at the annual UAB Postdoc Research Day. Faraz's work focuses on the role of the DNA methylation-related enzyme Gadd45b in brain reward systems.
New UAB Mix story on our work.
Rotation students Ben Henderson and Christian Stackhouse join the lab. Ben is in the Genetics theme of the Graduate Biomedical Sciences program, and received his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Christian is in the Neuroscience theme of GBS and received his B.S. from North Carolina State University. Welcome Christian and Ben!
Faraz Sultan joins the lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Faraz is an MD/PhD graduate from UAB, and is interested in the role of DNA demethylation enzymes in reward-related learning, addiction, and plasticity.
Our new paper in Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience describes new tools for site-directed and temporally precise epigenetic editing.
Our new paper in Annual Reviews in Pharmacology and Toxicology discusses potential therapeutic implications of targeting DNA methylation for neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders.
The Day Lab receives 3-year Pathway to Independence award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
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The Day Lab welcomes JJ O'Malley to the lab. JJ received his undergraduate degree and a master's degree from James Madison University.
The Day Lab welcomes Katherine Savell to the lab. Katherine is a rotation graduate student in the Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics theme of GBS. Katherine received her undergraduate degree from the University of Montevallo.
The Day Lab welcomes Mary Katherine Osborn to the lab. Mary Katherine is a rotation graduate student in the Behavioral Neuroscience program at UAB. Mary Katherine received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Alabama.
The Day Lab is official. Many thanks to lab members Esther Song, Rhiana Simon, Will McLean, Rhiana Simon, Nancy Gallus, and Jordan Brown for getting everything off the ground.