A great way to kick off the new year!

The lab welcomes Gentry Decker as the newest lab technician. On the same day, the lab received news that NSF would fund a research proposal. At this age of impossible funding environment we are very pleased with this outcome and thankful to NSF and to our reviewers and colleagues for their support!!

Before the holiday break we learned that Phillip’s paper had been accepted by Traffic. Congrats to Phillip and co-authors!

P. A. Vanlandingham, M. Padash-Barmchi, S. Royer, R. Green, H. Bao, N. Reist and B. Zhang (2014). AP180 couples protein retrieval to clathrin-mediated endocytosis of synaptic vesicles. Traffic (in press).

And Mizzou football team won the Cotton Bowl Championship!

Tori and Bing were invited to showcase fruit fly research at NSF’s Science and Engineering Careers Fair

On Sept 27 and 28, Tori and Bing participated in National Science Foundation (NSF)’s “Change the World: Science & Engineering Careers Fair” at Dulles Town Center in VA. Our theme was “What Small Fruit Flies Can Tell Us About Our Big Brain“. We demonstrated temperature-sensitive paralytic shibire flies to about ~500 elemental school children, mid and high school students, and their teachers and families.  They loved the flies and we had fun talking to them about using flies to study basic and clinical aspects of the brain.

Flies are the new best friends of girls, boys, women and men!

Flies are the new best friends of girls, boys, women and men!

The lab was moved smoothly from OU to Mizzou

Packing was not fun, neither was saying goodbye to dear friends and colleagues at OU and in Norman.

With help from movers at Ryder, we moved the lab equipment to Mizzou on August 5, 2013. Thanks to Diane Wyatt (who oversaw the lab renovation) our new lab home was ready (well, 98%)!