Summer of 2014!

Hello from the beautiful and sunny Mount Desert Island!

View from the Williams summer lab at MDIBL

View from the Williams summer lab at MDIBL

It has been a busy winter and spring for me, as I taught a short term course in the Galapagos (http://www.bates.edu/biology/academics/bio-s32-galapagos-blog/). For the first time I led an international off-campus course. We had a great time!

Bios32: Galapagos

Bios32: Galapagos

A week after I returned to the states, I packed up parts of my research lab (and about 100 adult zebrafish) and headed up to the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (http://www.mdibl.org/). I am teaching a short course for eight Bates students on “Comparative Biomedical Models” (https://my.mdibl.org/display/courses/Bates+-+2014). This week we are exploring different facets of zebrafish in science (development, toxicology, bioinformatics, and behavior). Next week, the students will take classes from numerous PIs at the Jackson Laboratory (http://www.jax.org/), located right down the road in Bar Harbor.

On June 8th, my four undergraduate research students arrive and we begin a 8 week research project assessing chemical sensitivity in zebrafish embryos. I received a Visiting Scientist Fellowship from MDIBL (http://www.mdibl.org/VisitingProgram.php) which has generously paid for my housing, lab space, and funds for supplies. Stayed tuned for student updates on our research!