NEWS

2024

  • June 2024 – Another year, another INBRE REU student. We welcome Erin McCarty to our lab this year.
  • May 2024 – Our work that describes Hox loci epigenetic marks in homeostatic and regenerating axolotl limb is now published in Developmental Cell. Congratulations to all authors. This work was led by Akane Kawaguchi and Jingkui Wang.
  • February 2024 – Check out an exciting preprint from our lab. Great collaboration with Elly Tanaka, Wouter Masselink, and many others. We describe resident stem cells’ presence and their role in axolotl tail regeneration.
  • January 2024 – We welcome Dr. Yury Nikolaev as a visiting scientist in the Murawala lab.
  • January 2024 – We welcome Kalen Windels as an undergrad INBRE intern in the Murawala lab.
  • November 2023 – We welcome Dr. Katia Del Rio-Tsonis as a visiting scientist in the Murawala lab.
  • November 2023 – We welcome two new graduate students in team. Welcome Omar and Damian.
  • November 2023 – Our team member Samuel is awarded 2023-2024 CUGR Fellowship of Uni Maine. Congratulations Sam.ūüĎŹ
  • October 2023 – Our team member Marko wins 2nd position in BINA (Bio Imaging North America) imaging contest. Congratulations Marko.ūüĎŹ
  • October 2023 – We welcome Erik Figura (medical student, Hannover Medical School) as a visiting student on a BMEP fellowship to our lab.
  • September 2023 – Our student Sofia-Christina Papadopoulos presents her work on mechanisms of axolotl metamorphosis at the first International Society of Regenerative Biology (ISRB) meeting in Vienna. Congratulations on an excellent talk.
  • August 2023 – We received NoA for our application to Administrative Supplements to IDeA Awards to Fund Team Science Development Projects. Congratulations to the team of Drs. HernandezGraber and Murawala.
  • August 2023 – We welcome Dr. Fabian Voigt as a visiting scientist in the Murawala Lab.
  • July 2023 – We welcome Dr. Karen Crawford as a visiting scientist in the Murawala Lab.
  • July 2023 – We receive NoA for our application to the DFG.
  • July 2023 – Congratulations to Erik Figura of the Hinze lab for receiving a BMEP fellowship to visit our lab for 6 months (Oct 2023 – March 2024), looking forward to an exciting collaboration. 
  • June 2023 – We welcome Elinor Tierney-Fife as a Lab technician in the Murawala Lab.
  • May 2023 – We welcome Dr. Moshe Khurgel as a visiting scientist in the Murawala Lab.
  • March 2023 – One bioinformatic position (as a graduate student, or postdoc)  is available in our lab.
  • March 2023 – Our article on transgenesis in axolotl received enough downloads to be a #top-downloaded-article in @Developmental Dynamics journal.
  • March 2023 – We have a new lab opening. If you are interested in lab tech position, please apply. 
  • March 2023 – Our RA, Minjoo Kim is moving on to the next career step. Thank you for all the work over last one and half year to keep our lab running. All the best for your future.
  • December 2022¬†– 19th mesoSPIM microscope is successfully constructed by our lab with support from NIGMS, Dr. Voigt (Harvard University) and Dr. Helmchen (University of Zurich). This custom built microscope will enable 3D view of large samples and strengthen research at MDIBL.¬†
  • November 2022¬†– Check out this exciting manuscript where we describe Hox loci epigenetic marks in homeostatic and regenerating axolotl limb.
  • October 2022¬†– Check out this new manuscript where we describe the production and infection of baculovirus in axolotl.
  • October 2022¬†– Damian Garcia from the Chimal-Monroy lab will spend the next 3 months studying tissue regeneration in the axolotl. Welcome, Damian.
  • October 2022¬†– Check out this cool manuscript from the Fei group in Frontiers of Genetics. Congratulations to all involved.
  • October 2022¬†– Dr. Murawala will travel to attend the First Annual Maine Research Symposium on Biomedical Science and Engineering, Portland, Maine, USA.¬†
  • August 2022¬†– Dr. Murawala will travel to attend the 4th Salamander meeting hosted at Medpol University, Istanbul, Turkey.¬†
  • August 2022¬†– Dr. Murawala will give a seminar at the iCARB meeting hosted at MDIBL, Bar Harbor.¬†
  • August 2022¬†– Dr. Murawala will give a seminar at the 16th Limb meeting hosted at Harvard University, Boston.¬†
  • June 2022¬†– Prof. Catherine McCusker will spend two weeks in our lab as a visiting scientist. Welcome Prof. McCusker. We look forward to learn NM-ALM model of regeneration from you and hope to find new avenues of collaborations.¬†
  • June 2022¬†– Skeletal muscle lineage is dispensable during appendage regeneration in axolotl. Beautiful work by Ji-Feng Fei and team. Congratulations to all authors.
  • May 2022¬†– Katelyn White joins as a Research Assistant in our lab. Welcome Katelyn.
  • April 2022¬†– The¬†NIGMS¬†has approved our request to build¬†mesoSPIM¬†at MDIBL. Thank you NIGMS. The mesoSPIM will be built under the leadership of Dr. Drummond and Dr. Murawala and will be built by¬†Dr. Marko Pende¬†and¬†Dr. Fabian Voigt. We look forward to this exciting collaborations with Dr. Voigt and¬†mesoSPIM community¬†led by¬†Dr. Helmchen,¬†University of Z√ľrich. Once built, the mesoSPIM will be placed under the care of¬†MDIBL-LMF¬†led by Dr. Frederic Bonnet and it will benefit entire INBRE network.
  • April 2022¬†– Prof. Hillary Maddin will spend one month in our lab as a visiting scientist. Welcome Prof. Maddin. We look forward to learn paleontology from you and hope to find new avenues of collaborations.¬†
  • March 2022¬†– #JobAlert – We are recruiting Research Assistant in our lab.¬†
  • March 2022¬†– Dr. Murawala will give a 5-minute genius talk at Main Science Festival.¬†
  • March 2022¬†– The Murawala lab receives R21 funding from ORIP, NIH to develop cell ablation tools in axolotl.Skeletal muscle lineage is dispensable during appendage regeneration in axolotl. Beautiful work by twitterless Ji-Feng #Fei and team.
  • September 2021¬†– Check out the cool preprint from Glaser et al describing hybrid light-sheet with tons of beautiful images. Congratulations Adam. Looking forward to the peer reviewed version of this manuscript.
  • August 2021¬†– Vijayishwer Singh Jamwal joins our lab as a graduate student. Welcome, Vijay.
  • July 2021¬†– Minjoo Kim joins our lab as a research assistant. Thank you to everyone who applied for this position for your interest in our lab. Welcome Minjoo.¬†
  • June 2021¬†– We are hiring for a Research assistant position. Apply – https://mdibl.org/careers/research-assistant-murawala-lab/.¬†
  • June 2021¬†– The¬†Developmental Dynamics¬†perspective on gene nomenclature received a cover image.¬†
  • May 2021¬†– The¬†Developmental Cell¬†paper received a cover image. Congrats to all once again.¬†
  • May 2021¬†– Wondering about the pros and cons of generating a transgenic axolotl for your research!!! Read our recent review article @¬†Developmental Dynamics¬†that lists things to consider before investing in axolotl transgenesis. Further, it highlights what is achieved so far in the field and what lies ahead.¬†
  • May 2021¬†– Fibroblast’s dedifferentiation is a key to successful limb regeneration. In continuation of our previous work (Science, 2018), we now show that the failure of¬†Xenopus¬†limb regeneration is due to the failure of dedifferentiation of fibroblasts. Read our paper in¬†Developmental Cell. Congratulations to Tzi-Yang, Tobi, Yuka and all co-authors.¬†
  • April 2021¬†– While transcriptome, genome, and transgenics in axolotl are scaling new heights, the axolotl community lacked systemic gene and transgenic nomenclature in this highly regenerative species. Read nomenclature guidelines in our recent perspective at¬†Developmental Dynamics. We thank all authors and entire axolotl community for their inputs and support.¬†
  • April 2021¬†– Johannes Roeles joins our lab to learn the basis of tissue clearing and light-sheet microscopy. Johannes is a resident physician at MHH. Welcome Johannes.
  • Jan 2021¬†– One Ph.D. position through¬†GSBSE¬†or the¬†MBS¬†program is available in our lab. Contact us, if you are interested to learn more about the position.
  • Oct 2020¬†¬†Sofia-Christina Papadopoulos will join MHH as a graduate student from Nov 2020. Welcome Sofia, you are our first graduate student.¬†
  • Oct 2020¬†– Dr. Murawala finally crosses the Atlantic to officially join MDIBL which was delayed due to the pandemic.
  • Sep 2020¬†¬†Dr. Marko Pende will join our lab as a postdoc. With his expertise in tissue clearing, we will continue our journey to understand the mechanisms of tissue regeneration in axolotl. Welcome, Marko.
  • Jul 2020¬†¬†The NIH has approved our grant on “The role of thyroid pathway in axolotl limb regeneration” through COBRE (Center Of Biomedical Research and Excellence).
  • Jul 2020¬†¬†The DFG has approved the very first grant for the lab. The grant money will be used to discover underlying cellular and molecular principles of tendon regeneration in axolotl.¬†
  • Jul 2020¬†– Dr. Murawala is appointed at der Medizinische Hochschule Hannover¬†(MHH-Hannover Medical School). He will hold dual positions shared between MDIBL and MHH.
  • Jun 2020¬†– We received more than 50 applications for the post of Research Assistant (advertised in March 2020). After much deliberation, we have offered a job to Lydia Tilley, which she has accepted. We would like to thank all the applicants for their interest in our lab and we wish them the best for their career ahead. Lydia becomes the first member of our lab. Welcome, Lydia!!!
  • Jun 2020¬†– Our collaborative work on axolotl tail regeneration is selected for the Hilde Mangold symposium in the 79th annual SDB meeting. Stay tuned for the talk by Dr. Wouter Masselink (Tanaka Lab).
  • May 2020¬†– Check out our latest manuscript on whole-body clearing and imaging of axolotl and other non-conventional models.¬†
  • Apr 2020¬†– Bangor Daily announcing our lab’s operation at the MDIBL.
  • Mar 2020¬†– We are recruiting a research assistant.
  • Mar 2020¬†– The Murawala lab begins its operations from June 2020 at the MDIBL.
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