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Our collaborative paper with the Xiling lab in
Science illustrating a novel method for visualizing embryonic development in utero. April, 2020 Congratulations to our newest graduate, Dr. Aaron Mitchell-Dick on successfully defending his PhD!
March, 2020 Our collaborative paper with the Sherr lab is published in
Neuron discovering new mutations in the RNA binding protein DDX3X in neurodevelopmental disease and interrogating developmental and disease mechanisms! March, 2020 The lab welcomes new postdoc, Camila Musso!
January, 2020 Our paper on Magoh’s role in interneuron development is published in Development!
Debby gives symposium talk at Society for Neuroscience.
October, 2019 Our lab is awarded a Holland-Trice award to study translation in the developing brain!
September, 2019 Our lab is awarded its first R01 renewal from NINDS!
September, 2019 Congratulations to LJ as he moves onto his independent Academic position at Sanford Research. We will miss LJ but are proud and sure his lab will make an outstanding impact in cortical development!
August, 2019 Congratulations Mariah on her F32, which funds her research on DDX3X! Well done on the first shot!
August, 2019 Wishing the best to Charlie as he leaves the lab to pursue a PhD in the Duke CMB program. We will miss you!
July, 2019 Congrats to Bianca on passing her preliminary exam-now a PhD candidate! Great job!
May, 2019 Congratulations to LJ on accepting a new position at Sanford Research Institute! LJ will start his own research lab studying transcriptional and post-transcriptional control of cortical development!
April, 2019 Welcome to Lucas Serdar as our newest Postdoctoral fellow! Lucas is interested in mechanisms of translation in neural stem cells.
April, 2019 Congratulations to Annalise Bracher for becoming an MGM Sure Fellow. This will fund Annalise’s summer research in the lab!
April, 2019 We welcome Jing Liu to the lab as our newest Postdoctoral fellow! Jing will study cortical evolution and RNA localization.
April, 2019 Congratulations to Charlie on accepting a position in the Duke CMB program where he will pursue a PhD!
April, 2019 The lab is awarded an R21 from NIMH with co-investigator Kate Meyer to investigate the role of RNA modifications in RNA localization and translation in the developing brain!
The lab is awarded an R01 from NINDS to study RNA localization and local translation in radial glia!
September, 2018 Congratulations to Fernando for a
best postdoc talk award at the annual MGM retreat. Well done! September, 2018
Goodbye to Ashley! We wish you the best in your new position at CTSI. August, 2018 Debby is elected vice-chair for the GRC Neural Development meeting. Stay tuned for the meeting in 2 years!
August, 2018 Our collaborative paper with the Jabaudon lab is out in
Cell! July, 2018 Our collaborative paper with the Eroglu lab is out in
JCB! July, 2018. Congratulations to Dr. Ashley Lennox on successfully defending her PhD! Great Job!
June, 2018 Welcome our newest postdoctoral fellow, Mariah Hoye, to the lab!
June, 2018 Congratulations to Fernando, on receiving a prestigious Ruke K. Broad Postdoctoral Fellowship!
June, 2018 Congratulations to Mariah, on receiving a prestigious 2 year Duke Regeneration Next Postdoctoral Fellowship!
April, 2018 Congratulations to
Brooke for receiving a prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowship! April, 2018 Welcome 2 new graduate students! Brooke D’Arcy and Bianca Lupan!
March, 2018 Our collaborative paper with the Horner lab is out in
Viruses! February, 2018.
Ashley and Fernando for awards at this year’s MGM retreat! Ashley won a best talk and Fernando won a best poster award! September, 2017. Our review on RNA binding proteins and miRNAs in cortical development is out in
Wires- Developmental Biology! August, 2017. Goodbye to Jeremy Rouanet! Best wishes in your plans to pursue a career in Medicine!
July, 2017 Our review on RNA localization in neural stem cells is featured on the
cover of FEBs Letters! Congrats LJ Pilaz! June, 2017 Goodbye to Caitlyn Mitchell, M.S.- We wish you the best in your new adventure in Genetic Counseling.
June, 2017 Goodbye to John McMahon, Ph.D.-We wish you the best in your new position in Regulatory Science.
June, 2017 Welcome new research technician, Charlie Sheehan, to the lab!
June, 2017 Aaron is awarded an F31 fellowship from NINDS! Congrats to Aaron!!
May, 2017 Debby is officially promoted to
Associate Professor with Tenure!! May, 2017 Welcome new UPGG graduate student, Valerie Gartner, to the lab!! May
, 2017 Welcome new postdoctoral fellow, Fernando Cruz Alsina, to the lab!!
April, 2017 Debby is awarded a Hartwell Foundation Award for 3 year funding into how ZIKA infection causes microcephaly!
April, 2017 Goodbye party to Emily- We wish you the best in your new position at DTRI!
March, 2017 Congratulations to Dr. Emily Miller on successfully defending her PhD. Great job Emily!
March, 2017 Our new paper on roles for EIF4A3 in craniofacial development and disease is online at
Human Molecular Genetics! March, 2017 Our study in
Current Biology is featured on Faculty of 1000Prime! March, 2017 Our study in
Neuron is featured on Faculty of 1000Prime! February, 2017 Watch an interview and seminar with Debby at
Science Mission! January, 2017 Research of lab postdoc Louis-Jan Pilaz is featured by
Duke Regeneration Next! Congrats LJ! January, 2017 Our recent Current Biology is featured by the Simons Foundation focused on Autism research-
spectrum News! January, 2017
Behind the scenes blog by LJ and Debby about our 2016 Current Biology paper on
the Node! December, 2016 A preview article by Michael Kiebler and colleagues in
Current Biology features our recent study! December, 2016 Our paper is out in
Current Biology in which we discover Dynamic RNA transport and local translation of radial glial progenitors of the developing brain. Check out the movies of moving RNA! December, 2016 Our paper is online in RNA!
Mouse models of Casc3 reveal developmental functions distinct from other components of the exon junction complex. October, 2016 Listen to Debby discuss recent PLOS Genetics study on Microcephaly on
Radio ! October, 2016 New R21 is funded with Horner Lab to study ZIKV and microcephaly!
October, 2016 Goodbye party to Helen- We wish you the best in your postdoc in the Zylka lab!
October, 2016 Our new paper is out in PLOS Genetics!
Haploinsufficiency for core exon junction complex components disrupts embryonic neurogenesis and causes p53-mediated microcephaly! September, 2016 Congratulations to John on his Award at the Departmental retreat for best Postdoc poster!
September, 2016 Congratulations to LJ on his Award as a new Duke Regeneration Next Postdoctoral Fellow!
August, 2016 Welcome Aaron Mitchell-Dick to the lab as a new graduate student!
July, 2016 Congratulations to Ashley on her NRSA predoctoral Fellow Award!
June, 2016 Welcome Caitlyn Mitchell to the lab as a new graduate student!
May, 2016 Congratulations to Dr. Hanqian (Helen) Mao on successfully defending her PhD. Great job Helen!
April, 2016 New paper from our lab published in
Neuron! Prolonged mitosis of neural progenitors alters cell fate in the developing brain. January, 2016.
Congratulations to Ashley and LJ for best poster and John for outstanding talk at the MGM Departmental retreat!
September, 2015 Our lab’s discovery of evolutionary divergent functions for HARE5 enhancer in brain development is the subject of a feature story in
Science! July, 2015 Debby receives a two-year Ruth K Broad Scholar in the Neurosciences award to study RNA binding proteins in corticogenesis!
July, 2015 Congratulations to Ashley for her award for best talk at the UPGG student retreat!
May, 2015 Our work on enhancers in evolution is featured in
Current Biology news and views article! May, 2015
The Journal of Neuroscience publication describing requirement of Rbm8a in microcephaly! Our paper is featured on the cover and a preview in the same issue! May, 2015
Science Translational Medicine commentary on our Current Biology Paper! March, 2015 Listen to Debby discuss the
Current Biology paper on NPR! February, 2015 Our
paper is featured in many news forums including Current Biology National Geographic, Science, The Washington Post, NYTimes and the LA Times! February, 2015
Current Biology publication from our lab describing role of a human-accelerated enhancer in corticogenesis! February, 2015
Congratulations to Dr. Lomax Boyd. Lomax is the first newly minted PhD from the Silver lab!
November, 2014 Congratulations to Ashley, for passing her prelim exam!
October, 2014 See pictures here. LJ is awarded “most visually appealing poster” at the Neurobiology Annual retreat!
October, 2014 LJ is awarded one of the top talk awards at the MGM Annual retreat!
September, 2014 Emily is awarded one of the top poster awards at the MGM Annual retreat!
JoVE video protocol for imaging and analyzing neural progenitor mitosis in brain slices published! June, 2014
Genesis publication reporting generation of Magoh conditional mouse! A pril, 2014 Ashley receives an honorable mention from NSF!
Emily passes her Prelim exam!
October, 2013 See pictures here. Welcome new Postdoc John McMahon to the lab!
July, 2013 Helen is awarded a fellowship from the American Heart Asssociation to help support her graduate studies!
June, 2013 Welcome new grad student Ashley Lennox to the lab!
May, 2013 Lab is awarded first R01!
May, 2013 Lomax is awarded best talk at the UPGG Student Retreat!
May, 2013 Lab receives Brain Research Foundation Pilot Grant to study role of RNA regulation in neural stem cells!
May, 2013 Helen is awarded a Broad Research Award to help support her graduate studies!
April, 2013 Emily is awarded an NSF graduate fellowship!
Helen passes her Prelim exam!
November, 2012, See pictures here. Louis-Jan gets award for best postdoc talk at the MGM Annual retreat!
September, 2012 Debby receives Holland-Trice Scholars Award to study genetic mechanisms regulating microcephaly!
August, 2012 Lab receives
DIBs Pilot Grant renewal to study genetic changes regulating brain development and evolution, and Lomax’s thesis! June, 2012
New lab begins!