May 2019

Undergraduate Lena Weber graduates with a B.S degree in Neuroscience. She will be attending the Indiana University School of Medicine in the fall. Best of luck Lena, we will miss you!

 

April 2019

Justin presented a seminar on the lab’s research within the Department of Ophthalmology at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

 

March 2019

Justin presented a seminar on the lab’s research within the Joint Seminars in Molecular Biology series at the University of California, Davis.

 

January 2019

The Kumar lab welcomes its newest graduate students - Haley Brown and Alison Smith!

 

November 2018

Bonnie Weasner, Alison Ordway, Gary Teeters, and Lena Weber presented their research at the Midwest Drosophila Research Conference in Allerton, IL

Gary Teeters was awarded a Program in Neuroscience Travel Award to present his research at the Midwest Drosophila Research Conference in Allerton, IL

 

June 2018

Bonnie Weasner and Gary Teeters presented their research on eye development at the Gordon Conference on Visual System Development in Tuscany, Italy

Our manuscript “Eyeless/Pax6 initiates eye formation non-autonomously from the peripodial epithelium” has been accepted for publication in Development.

 

May 2018

Justin, Bonnie, and Gary attended the Gordon Conference on Visual System Development in Tuscany, Italy. Bonnie and Gary presented posters at the meeting.

Indiana University undergraduate Rachel Blair joins the Kumar lab. Welcome Rachel!

Congratulations to Lena Weber and Athena Nagel for receiving summer research grants from the Hutton Honors College (Lena and Athena), the IU STARS program (Lena) and the Wells Scholar program (Athena).

Congratulations to Luke Baker for successfully defending his graduate PhD thesis!

 

April 2018

Congratulations to Alison Ordway for receiving the Robert W. Briggs fellowship in developmental biology.

Congratulations to Gary Teeters for receiving a Program in Neuroscience Travel Award to present his research at the Gordon Conference on Visual System Development.

The Kumar lab presented their research at the 59th Annual Drosophila Research Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

Justin presented a seminar on the lab’s research within the Department of Biology at the University of Dayton.

 

March 2018

Justin presented a seminar on the lab’s research within the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University.

 

February 2018

Our manuscript, “Polycomb group (PcG) proteins and Pax6 cooperate to inhibit in vivo reprogramming of the developing Drosophila eye” has been accepted for publication in Development.

Congratulations to Athena Nagel. She was selected to study abroad at St. Anne's College at the University of Oxford!

Congratulations to Jinjin Zhu for successfully defending her graduate PhD thesis!

 

January 2018

Our manuscript, “Allocation of distinct organ fates from a precursor field requires a shift in expression and function of gene regulatory networks”, has been accepted for publication in PLoS Genetics.

 

December 2017

The Kumar lab welcomes first year GCDB graduate student Claude Jean-Guillaume Bernard to our lab!

Congratulations to Sneha Palliyil for successfully defending her graduate PhD thesis!

Luke Baker presented his research in the GCDB seminar series.

 

November 2017

Sneha Palliyil presented her research in the GCDB seminar series.

 

October 2017

Jinjin Zhu presented her research in the GCDB seminar series

Gary Teeters passed his preliminary exam. Congratulations Gary!

 

September 2017

Lena presented a poster on her research at the IU STARS Research Symposium.

 

August 2017

Justin’s review article entitled “The Fly Eye: Through the Looking Glass” has been accepted for publication in Developmental Dynamics.

Bonnie, Jane, and Justin’s book chapter entitled “FLPing genes on and off in Drosophila” has been published in Methods in Molecular Biology. Our image of an eye-antennal disc containing mosaic clones is on the cover.

Bloomington High School South student Barbara Granicz joins the Kumar lab. Welcome Barbara!

 

July 2017

Justin presented a talk at the Evolution and Core Processes in Gene Expression meeting which took place at the Stowers Institute in Kansas City, Missouri.

Justin received a pilot grant from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) to determine the transcriptional profile of the eye-antennal disc.

 

June 2017

Jane and Ali presented posters at the Gordon Conference on the Generation and Regeneration of Biology Tissues Through Cellular Diversification and Cooperation.

Congratulations to Jane. An image from her paper is on the cover of the June 6th edition of PNAS.

 

May 2017

Congratulations to Lena Weber for winning an IU STARS Summer Research Scholarship to continue her studies on the role that the SAGA epigenetic complex plays in Drosophila eye development.

 

April 2017

The Kumar lab attended the 58th Annual Drosophila Research Conference March 29 - April 2 in San Diego, California. Luke, Ali, Sneha, Gary, Bonnie, and Jane presented posters at the meeting.

 

March 2017

Congratulations to Jane, Sneha, and Ali for receiving an "Indiana University Provost’s Women in Science Travel Fellowship” to present their research at the 58th Annual Drosophila Research Conference in San Diego, California.

 

February 2017

Our manuscript, “Drosophila Pax6 promotes development of the entire eye-antennal disc thereby ensuring proper head formation”, has been accepted for publication in PNAS.

 

January 2017

Indiana University undergraduate Athena Nagel joins the Kumar lab. Welcome Athena!