Lab news

2017 2016


August 17, 2017

Our paper with Elizabeth Jerison and others on genetic variation in adaptability and pleiotropy in yeast now published in eLife.

August 16, 2017

Sandeep’s preliminary analysis of his sequencing data inspires cautious optimism that his method might be working. Work continues.

August 11, 2017

ENLACE high-school students interns Lesly Delgado and Kevin Longoria give their final presentation at the ENLACE symposium and leave the lab. Good job!

August 1, 2017

New postdoc Justin Shaffer (PhD from U. Arizona) and new technician Krypton Carolino join our lab and the Meyer lab to work on gene drive evolution. Welcome!

July 26, 2017

Internal proposal for the Pew Scholars program rejected, of course. Not surprised – there are several exceptional junior faculty at UCSD very much worthy of the nomination – but was curious about the reason. Well, here it is: lack of creativity and independence. Wow. Respectfully disagree.

July 10, 2017

Sergey gave a talk at GRC titled “Epistasis and genetic variation in adaptability in yeast”. Although it is hard to gauge people’s true feelings, many people made positive comments after the talk. One useful critical comment from a respected colleague: properly acknowledge prior work, especially when some of those authors are in the audience.

July 10, 2017

E-mail from Sandeep. Subject: “Data looks good!” Definitely a good day for the lab.

July 10, 2017

We finally got sequencing data from the Phase I of the TnSeq project. The first run was horrible (overclustering), but the data quality after the re-run is great. Will be analyzing over the next few weeks.

July 9, 2017

Sergey arrives at the Gordon Research Conference on Microbial Population Biology. Perhaps the best conference for exchanging ideas about evolution in microbes.

July 2, 2017

We got sequencing data from Sandeep’s genome-wide mutation rate project.

June 26, 2017

The lab welcomes two high-school students Kevin Longoria (Hilltop High School) and Lesly Delgado (Preparatoria Adolfo Lopez Mateos, Mexico) through the ENLACE program.

June 19, 2017

High-school student Joshua Chung joins the lab as an intern for the summer.

June 19, 2017

Sergey submits internal proposal for the Pew Scholars Program. Super-cool project on predicting evolution of antibiotic resistance! So, expecting rejection.

June 16, 2017

Sergey finishes teaching his first undergraduate course, Population Genetics. What a relief!

June 14, 2017

Sandeep finishes the sequencing library prep for his pilot experiment and submits it for sequencing. Fingers crossed!

June 8, 2017

Alena and Shohreh finish Phase I of the TnSeq experiment. Sequencing library submitted. Fingers crossed!

March 29, 2017

Our paper with Elizabeth Jerison and others on genetic variation in adaptability and pleiotropy in yeast is now on the bioRxiv.

March 14, 2017

Sean E. Guy joins the lab as a BS/MS student.

February 21, 2017

Sergey receives the Sloan Research Fellowship in Computational & Evolutionary Molecular Biology.

February 9, 2017

Sergey gives a talk at the San Diego Microbiology Group on the genetic variation in adaptability and pleiotropy – a work with Elizabeth Jerison and others that will soon appear on bioRxiv. Stay tuned!

February 2, 2017

Sandeep establishes a pipeline for full-genome sequence data analysis, largely based on previous work by Jeff Barrick and Ben Good.

January 13, 2017

Sandeep establishes a pipeline for RNAseq data analysis. Sadly, our first data set looks terrible: over 50% of reads map onto ribosomal RNA genes. We do not know why.

January 9, 2017

Nathan Palmer, a qBio student, starts his 10-week Hacker lab rotation in the SK Lab.

January 5–6, 2017

Californian Experimental Evolution Symposium 2017, organized by Sergey and Justin Meyer (with help from many
people), is a success! We had with 21 speakers and a total of 108 participants from all over California.


November 23, 2016

Got our first full-genome sequencing data from the UCSD IGM Genomics Center. Looks great!

October 20, 2016

First Microbial Experimental Evolution and Ecology (MEEE) meeting, a joint meeting between Daugherty, Dutton, Kryazhimskiy, and Meyer labs.

October 11, 2016

First SK Lab meeting! Georg presents his future project.

October 3, 2016

Dr. Sandeep Venkataram arrives from the Bay Area and joins the lab as a postdoc.

September 30, 2016

Hang Su finishes her internship. She made progress on RNAseq data analysis and the epistasis theory project.

September 19, 2016

Dr. Georg Rieckh arrives from Austria and joins the lab as a postdoc.

September 18-19, 2016

UCSD Division of Biology retreat.

September 13, 2016

Application for the Sloan fellowship submitted.

September 5, 2016

PhD student Alena Martsul arrives from Belarus, and joins the lab as a rotation student.

August 31, 2016

Eylul Karagoz finishes her internship in the lab. She made progress on growth curve analysis and constructed some strains.

August 10, 2016

Application for the internal competition for Searle Scholars Program rejected.

August 4, 2016

Hang Su, a visiting student from Shanghai Jiao Tong University joins the lab as a volunteer for 2 months.

July 25, 2016

Application for the internal competition for Searle Scholars Program submitted.

July 12, 2016

Zoe Ge finishes her internship. She calibrated plate-reader OD measurements against the Coulter Counter measurements and CFU measurements.

July 5, 2016

Medical student from Turkey Eylul Karagoz joins that lab as a volunteer for the summer.

June 21, 2016

We can count yeast cells with a Coulter Counter.

June 17, 2016

Marie Adomako finishes her rotation. She will join another lab. Fairwell beer at Rock Bottom Brewery.

June 13, 2016

Sophomore high-school student from Canyon Crest Academy Zoe Ge joins the lab as a volunteer for the summer.

June 9, 2016

Application for the Vilcek prize in Creative Promise in Biological Science submitted.

June 6, 2016

James S. McDonnell Foundation rejects our grant application.

June 1, 2016

We got a Sorensen 96-well plate semi-automated pipettor.

May 27, 2016

We got a Coulter Counter installed and working.

May 19, 2016

We can make electro-competent E.coli cells and transform them.

May 16, 2016

UCSD Biology PhD student Marie Adomako starts her rotation in the lab.

May 16, 2016

UCSD undergraduate Jia Huang joins the lab.

May 10, 2016

We can make RNA-seq libraries.

May 5, 2016

We can extract RNA.

May 4, 2016

Sergey gave his first lecture at UCSD as a guest at the BGGN223 course (Graduate Genetics). Topic: Epistasis and evolution. Slides are here.

April 8, 2016

Another fantastic news! Sandeep Venkataram, currently finishing his PhD at Stanford, also decided to join the lab. He will arrive in late September. With Alena, Georg and Sandeep, the next few years are sure to be very exciting and productive! Will have to start worrying about $$$.

April 7, 2016

We can transform yeast.

April 5, 2016

We can do PCR.

April 1, 2016

Great news! Georg Rieckh, currently finishing his PhD at IST Austria, decided to join the lab in the Fall 2016. We will expect his arrival in September.

March 24, 2016

Alena Martsul, currently at Belarusian State Technological University, will join the UCSD Biology PhD program through the Ecology,Behavior and Evolution section. Alena expressed interest in the SK Lab. So, we are very much hoping that she will join us in the Fall 2016.

March 8, 2016

Incubated shaker I26 arrives from Eppendorf. Heratherm incubator arrives from Thermo. We can now culture liquid and solid cultures of yeast.

March 1, 2016

Benchtop centrifuge 5810R and tabletop centrifuge 5427R arrive from Eppendorf.

February 26, 2016

Application for the internal competition for Packard fellowship rejected.

February 6, 2016

Application for the internal competition for Packard fellowship submitted.

February 2, 2016

Two undercounter freezers (will be kept at –20°C) and one large refrigerator (will be kept at +4°C) arrive from VWR.

January 4, 2016

Sergey arrives on UCSD campus. SK lab begins. Shohreh Hajizadeh joins the lab.