April 2018

Apr 05, 2018
Stefan Heller

Another year went by.  Here are some highlights.

Postdoc Mirko Scheibinger got the February cover of JARO with his paper describing the time course and the characterization of hair cell regeneration in chicken balance epithelia.  This research is just the beginning of a series of papers that our laboratory will be publishing in coming years about the mechanisms of hair cell regeneration in the chicken inner ear.  It is important to fundamentally understand hair cell regeneration in a vertebrate animal that has robust capability to replace lost hair cells.

Postdoc and Instructor Jörg Waldhaus left the laboratory and accepted a faculty position at the University of Michigan!  We wish Jörg good luck and success with his new endeavor.  Please email him if you want to do a postdoc in a promising new laboratory!

We welcome three new laboratory members:  Marie and Nesrine are new postdocs; both come with inner ear biology background and I am happy that they chose my laboratory for their continuing career.  Both work on exciting new projects that will advance our field.  Also, CIRM Bridges student Ben Woodruff joined us for a collaborative project with Kyle Loh’s laboratory in the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at Stanford.

It seems that our research projects are becoming more complex.  The papers are quite extensive, such as two stories that are currently in review – apologies to the brave reviewers who have to read these long and complex papers, but I feel that Biology is becoming more and more multidisciplinary.  Our approach of utilizing computational methods to study development and regeneration is very much reflecting this revolution that is happening.