Congratulations to Quy for winning one of this year’s Opportunity Awards from the Center for Complex Biological Systems (CCBS) together with Tao Peng from Qing Nie’s lab at UCI. This award will foster the collaboration between the Nie and Kessenbrock labs on “Understanding the systems-level changes during breast tumorigenesis using single cell RNA-seq”. Each winning proposal will receive $10,000 to be shared between the labs for project expenses; and a $1,000 award for research supplies to be shared between students. The results of this project will be presented at next year’s annual CCBS retreat scheduled for March 31 – April 2nd, 2017, due to be held in Pasadena, CA!
Congratulations to Nick for getting one of the competitive slots on the NIH-T32 Training Grant of the Mathematical, Computational and Systems Biology Program!
Kai gave a talk at the “Stem Cell Niche – Development and Disease” Conference organized by the NovoNordisk Foundation. The aim of the conference is to provide a niche for presentations of the latest basic research in stem cell and developmental biology and to stimulate exchange of ideas by providing ample time for both formal and informal discussions.
The conference took place at the beautiful Favrholm campus, which is situated 30 km north of Copenhagen in lush rural surroundings.
The Kessenbrock lab and the Department of Biological Chemistry is hosting Roberto Zoncu from the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley. His seminar “The lysosome in nutrient sensing and cellular growth control” takes place on May 18th, 2016, 11:00AM-12:00PM in the Hitachi Lecture Hall. Thanks to Andrew Komoto for helping to organize Robero’s visit, and to Selma Alkafeef for serving as student host.
The Lawson and Kessenbrock labs have celebrated their lab openings on Thursday, May 5th 5pm in the court yard between Sprague Hall and Hewitt Hall with drinks and tacos on Cinco de Mayo. Thanks to all lab members in the photo who helped organizing this event – and of course to everyone at UCI who joined us in our fiesta!
Kai was selected to present the labs progress on “Reconstructing the Lineage Hierarchies within the Human Breast Epithelium in Single Cell Resolution”.
Kai accepted his tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Biological Chemistry Department at UCI School of Medicine. He has affiliations with the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center and the Center for Complex Biological Systems.
Here’s a link to Kai’s Faculty Profile.
The NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) helps outstanding postdoctoral researchers complete needed mentored training and transition in a timely manner to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions.
The Kessenbrock Lab studies cellular communication in single cell resolution in the context of normal tissue homeostasis and in breast cancer. We want to understand how stem cell behavior is extrinsically regulated by the microenvironment of the mammary stem cell niche and learn how the molecular composition of the niche changes during tumorigenesis. Our interdisciplinary research approach will identify biomarkers for early detection and may ultimately lead to the discovery of novel therapeutic approaches to treat or even prevent breast cancer before it develops.
Kai Kessenbrock, Ph.D.
University of California, Irvine
School of Medicine
Department of Biological Chemistry
Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Center for Complex Biological Systems
Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center