Myself and other members of the Mydlarz lab as well as collaborators from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have a new publication out now in Royal Society Open Science. The research details transcriptional responses of octocorals (E. calyculata) to infection by a novel disease. Not only do we document the gene expression signatures underlaying the strong observed melanization phenotype associated with the disease, but we also describe a clear trade off between immunity and growth. Check out the detailed findings in Royal Society open: here. We're super excited about it!
I officially received her PhD and graduated on May 11th. I was hooded jointly by my advisor and my grandfather, Frederick Fuess III who holds a PhD in agricultural science. I now get to join a long tradition of Fuess family members with higher education degrees. Additionally over the weekend we had a great reunion of many past Mydlarz lab members at my graduation party! Fun to catch up with past friends and lab-ies!
Lauren Fuess is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Connecticut working with Dr. Daniel Bolnick. Formerly she was a PhD student at the University of Texas at Arlington with Dr. Laura Mydlarz. The opinions expressed here are solely her own.