The lab is bidding a fond farewell to its senior Postdoc, Matt Menendez, as he leaves to pursue an exciting opportunity as the Scientific Consultant for the NYC-based law firm Siri & Glimstad. We have benefited greatly from Matt’s creativity and hard work for the past six years and are wishing him the best in […]
Congrats to Bridget Parrish, who won an Outstanding Poster Award at her first annual NAVBO meeting in October. Based on her poster, Bridget has been further honored by being selected to present at an online NAVBO research forum in January. We’re so proud of you, Bridget!
The Griffin lab has been delighted to host Andrianna Buxton this summer through the new Langston Biomedical Research Scholars program at OMRF. Andrianna has spent two months working closely with Dr. Chris Schafer studying inflammatory factors that increase lung vascular permeability. We’re grateful for Andrianna’s hard work and hope to welcome her back to the […]
The lab has had the pleasure of hosting Erika Willis, a rising Senior at the U.S. Air Force Academy, as our Saxon Scholar this summer. Erika spent a month working with Chris Schafer studying inflammation-induced vascular permeability in the lung. We are proud of Erika’s accomplishments in the lab this summer and wish her the […]
Congrats to Rahul Rajala for his OMRF Predoctoral Scholarship, which will fund his research on protease-activated receptors for the next academic year.
The lab is pleased to announce another publication about RIPK3 biology in endothelial cells. Siqi Gao led a study showing that components of the NF-kB signaling pathway work to suppress excessive endothelial Ripk3 transcription and cell death after TNFα stimulation. This provides more evidence that Ripk3 must be tightly transcriptionally regulated to maintain vascular homeostasis.
We are so proud of Dr. Chris Schafer for landing an American Lung Association Catalyst Award. Chris will use this career development award to study pulmonary vascular permeability under inflammatory conditions. Well done, Chris!
Congratulations to Sarah Colijn for winning the “Outstanding Paper Prize of 2020” from Disease Models & Mechanisms! We are so proud of Sarah’s rigorous research into cell-specific roles for RIPK3 in atherosclerosis progression.
The lab extends its sincere congratulations to Bridget and Rahul, who both successfully passed their qualifying exams last week and advanced to Ph.D. candidacy in OUHSC’s Department of Cell Biology. Courtney also thanks the lab’s postdocs for helping the students prepare so effectively.
The lab is proud of Siqi’s new manuscript published in Angiogenesis that describes novel pro-angiogenic roles for RIPK3. This study adds to our lab’s growing evidence that RIPK3 can play beneficial roles in endothelial cells, in addition to detrimental ones when it is overexpressed.