2016 Events
October: New Baby
Recently we got to celebrate with Postdoctoral Fellow Rahul Yadav and Laboratory Assistant Archana Mishra who are expecting a baby girl very soon!
September: Welcome to Archana Mishra
Archana Mishra joined the Scott lab as a temporary Laboratory Assistant. Archana recently completed her Ph.D. in Colloidal and Surfactant Chemistry in the English Lab at Wichita State University.
August: Scott lab moves to Michigan
In July the Scott lab shut down experiments, washed up all those beakers and flasks, crated up our equipment, and said goodbye to friends and colleagues in Malott Hall, our lab home at KU for the last 12 years. Early August we moved into our new space at the University of Michigan. Although we were a bit worried the lab equipment truck wouldn't clear the College of Pharmacy building (see bottom middle), all was delivered and put to rights. We're up and running again, so come visit us in Ann Arbor!
July: Cara poster presentations
Undergraduate Cara Davis presented a poster describing her work in the Scott lab at the KU Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session in Spooner Commons. Earlier in the summer Cara also presented this poster at the NIGMS 6th Biennial National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence (NISBRE) in Washington D.C.
June: Moving up to the big leagues
The Scott lab celebrated a valuable team player moving up to the big leagues: Postdoc Fernando Estrada left the Scott lab to take a position as an Assistant Professor at SUNY University at Buffalo. We marked the occasion by watching the Kansas City T-bones baseball team take on the Wichita Wingnuts at Community America Ballpark.
May: Panda cupcakes
Panda cupcakes: Just because Fernando is such a big fan of pandas. Save the Panda
May: Eder graduation
Undergraduate Eder Dávila-Contreras (right) has been working in the Scott lab under the mentorship of postdoc Fernando Estrada (left), but now he's graduating and is heading off to work for Teach for America at the Pinole Valley High School in Pinole, CA. Congratulations and best wishes, Eder!
April: Nick Martinez undergraduate research award
This spring undergraduate Nick Martinez (right) has been presenting a poster summarizing the techniques he has learned working in the Scott lab with his graduate student mentor Aaron Bart (left). The poster was first presented at the KU-Haskell University Undergraduate Research Symposium sponsored by the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) program. The second event was the KU Undergraduate Research Symposium, at which Nick's poster was selected for an Outstanding Presentation Award AND the 3rd place Sigma Xi poster award. Congratulations Nick!
April: SSRL Crystallization Workshop
Indeed, you can teach an old dog new tricks. I attended the SSRL Crystallization Workshop, to learn about using the X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) to perform time-resolved crystallography.
March: Nick Martinez selected for Brandeis REU Program
Undergraduate Nick Martinez was recently selected for the REU program at Brandeis University in Cell and Molecular Visualization. Congratulations Nick!
March: Fernando attends Vitamin D Workshop
Postdoc and K99 recipient Fernando Estrada attended the 19th Vitamin D Workshop held as a satellite meeting preceding the Endocrine Society meeting in Boston, MA.
February: Cara Davis selected as KINBRE Scholar
Honors undergraduate student Cara Davis was awarded a $6000 KINBRE scholarship for research in the Scott laboratory during the 2016 spring and summer semesters. Congratulations Cara!
January: Ice Skating at Crown Center
The Scott lab celebrated research productivity and publication by ice skating at the outdoor Crown Center rink in Kansas City. It was a first for Cara, Dhanushka, Fernando and Malika and a very cold day, but we enjoyed it nonetheless.

Afterwards we warmed up while attending an excellent seminar at the KU Medical Center campus by Tim Tracy titled "The Role of Protein-Protein Interactions in Modulating Cytochrome P450-Mediated Drug Metabolism".
January: Dhanushka accepted to Chemistry graduate program
Dhanushka Weerasekara, a M.S. student from Sri Lanka has been developing his research skills in the Scott lab since August and recently was accepted into the KU Chemistry Ph.D. program. Way to go, Dhanushka!