Wignall Lab News Feed
The lab is ecstatic to welcome Emily Czajkowski as our newest graduate student!
32 pounds of limes were harmed in the making of the lab’s annual Margarita Party.
Dr. Wignall is officially awarded tenure by Northwestern. FANTASTIC NEWS!
Ian eloquently speaks about his work at the annual Chicago Area Worm Meeting (ChAWM), and Rachel and Nikita present insightful posters.
The lab welcomes Karlin Compton as our spring rotation student.
A rousing congratulations to Dr. Carissa Heath who, in addition to having written the Wignall lab’s latest accepted paper and introducing a new model system to the lab, has successfully defended her thesis. We couldn’t be more ecstatic!
We wish Tim well on his last day as he moves on to the Amon Lab at MIT. We’ll miss you dearly!
Nikita begins an internship with Northwestern’s Innovations and New Ventures office. Busy busy!
A big round of applause to Dr. Timothy Mullen, Ph.D. for successfully defending his thesis and graduating from the lab, additionally receiving the outstanding thesis award. Powerful stuff indeed, Tim!
The lab welcomes Emily Czajkowski as our winter rotation student.
We celebrate the holidays a bit later this year with our annual holiday party.
The lab attends the annual American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) meeting. Tim, Ian, Nikita, Carissa and Jeremy present their research.
The lab dresses as the cast of Bojack Horseman for Halloween, achieving the coveted Best Lab Costume prize.
Sadie gives an excellent keynote address at the September Chicago Cytoskeleton meeting.
Tim and Sadie are awarded the prestigious annual PLOS Genetics research prize for their outstanding work on microtubule organization! Read about it here.
Congratulations to Amanda, Nikita, and our former undergraduate student Rachel on publishing their work on SUMO remodeling in meiosis.
A hearty congratulations to our new graduate student Gabe on his acceptance into the Carcinogenesis Training Program, sponsored by the NIH!
The lab celebrates Amanda’s last day, and wishes her the best as she moves on to The Biggins Lab at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle for her postdoctoral work.
Dr. Amanda Davis-Roca successfully defends her thesis and is awarded her Ph.D, also garnering a distinguished thesis recognition. Congratulations, Doc!
Hannah, one of our newest graduate students, is accepted into and funded by the Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease training program. We’re overjoyed!
The lab’s annual retreat takes us to the international horse racetrack in Arlington Heights.
The lab welcomes two new graduate students, Gabriel Cavin and Hannah Horton. Glad to have you on board!
Ian presents his work at the Northwestern Center for Reproductive Science’s (CRS) annual summit, and is awarded best presentation.
Ian represents the Wignall lab well at the EMBL Microtubules conference.
Sadie’s career and research is highlighted in an ASCB post, and the lab couldn’t be more proud!
The Wignall lab attends the first annual Chicago Area Worm Meeting (ChAWM), at which Amanda gives an excellent presentation and Nikita a superb poster.
The lab celebrates its 7th-year anniversary on April 1st.
We welcome Brett Wisniewski as a rotation student for the spring quarter!
Amanda and Carissa sing as part of the annual NU Keynotes spring a Capella concert. Beautiful!
After presenting an exceptional poster, Nikita gives an invited talk at the Chicago Cytoskeleton meeting.
The lab welcomes Rachel Kadzik, our first postdoctoral researcher, from Sabine Petry’s lab at Princeton. Glad to have you on board!
We welcome Gabriel Cavin as a rotation student for the winter quarter.
The lab is awarded an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The Wignall lab attends the annual meeting for the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), this year in Philadelphia. A special shout-out to Tim and Carissa, who presented their work in symposia talks.
The Wignall Lab welcomes a new rotation student, Hannah, for the fall quarter. Welcome Hannah!
Congrats to Tim for publishing his work on spindle microtubule bundling, and for a powerful presentation at the Northwestern Center for Reproductive Sciences seminar.
Amanda is awarded the Rappaport award for Research Excellence and presents her work to the department.
Sadie presents the lab’s work for an invited seminar at the EMBO conference in Croatia. Way to represent!
Nikita passes her qualifying exam, making her officially a Ph.D. candidate. Congrats Nikita!
Amanda presents her recent work on error detection in C. elegans oocytes at the Northwestern University Center for Reproductive Science’s 2017 summit. Way to go!
Ian skillfully presents his work at the Northwestern University Biophysics Symposium. Great Work!
The Wignall lab’s exceptional undergraduate researchers Rachel, Zach, and Ellie graduate with the Northwestern University class of 2017, and the lab wishes them well as they pursue their respective goals. Keep in touch!
Sadie receives the coveted Distinguished Teaching Award from the Northwestern Molecular Biosciences department!
The lab hosts its annual universally-acclaimed Margarita party.
Tim eloquently presents his work on acentriolar spindle assembly at the Chicago Cytoskeleton symposium. A true star!
Amanda publishes her work on error-sensing in meiosis. Congrats!
Nicholas Sepulveda joins the Wignall lab as a rotation student. Welcome Nicholas!
Ee Phie Tan joins the lab as a visiting scholar from the Slawson lab at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Welcome Ee Phie!
Congratulations to Ian on receiving the American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship!
Carissa, Ian, Tim, Amanda, Nikita, and Sadie attend the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) annual conference, this year in San Francisco.
Congrats to Ian, Tim, and Mike on publishing the Wignall lab’s latest paper.
Michael leaves the lab to start graduate school at Stanford University.
Jeremy Hollis joins the lab as the new lab technician!
Nikita Divekar joins the Wignall Lab as our newest graduate student!
The lab receives funding from The March of Dimes & The Chicago Biomedical Consortium’s Catalyst Grant
Keila passes her Thesis Defense!
Let’s party! The Wignall Lab hosts its annual Margarita Party.
Michael will begin graduate school in the fall at Stanford University. Congratulations!
We are sad to see Chrissy leave the lab for a job in sales. We wish her the best of luck.
The Wignall Lab participated in the 2015 Northwestern Wormlypics and took home First Prize!
We are pleased to welcome our four new undergraduates! Ellie Flaum, Rachel Ng, and Maria Kaufman each received an Undergraduate Research Grant from Northwestern. Zach Rubnitz received the Program in Biological Sciences Grant.
We say goodbye to our undergraduates Bohan Xing, Erica Jepsen, and Tanvi Subramanian. Congrats on graduating and we wish them the best of luck.
The Wignall Lab hosts its third Margarita Party.
Congratulations to Chrissy, Keila, and Mike on publishing the Wignall Lab’s first paper: Kinetochore-independent chromosome segregation driven by lateral microtubule bundles (eLife).
Ian passes his qualifying exam. Good for him!
Our very own Amanda Davis married Antonio Roca in Arizona. Congratulations!
The Wignall Lab participates in the Northwestern University Biology Investigations in Reproduction & Development (NU-BIRD) event for the second time.
Sadie, Tim, Amanda, Ian, and Carissa attend the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) annual meeting in Philadelphia.
The Wignall Lab celebrates with its Annual Holiday Party!
The Wignall Lab holds its first in-house scientific retreat and then celebrates with a boat cruise in Chicago.
The Wignall Lab participates in the Second Annual “Wormlympics” with the Andersen, Morimoto, and Petersen Labs.
Carissa passes her qualifying exam!
Ian is appointed as a trainee of the Molecular Biophysics Training Program.
Tom graduates with a B.A. in Genetics & Molecular Biology.
Bohan and Erica receive Undergraduate Research Grants (URG) for Summer 2014.
Ian returns to the lab, this time as a graduate student.
Amanda passes her qualifying exam!
Amanda is awarded the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Grant from the NSF.
Chrissy Muscat and Keila Torre-Santiago are awarded the Constance Campbell Research Award at the 33rd Minisymposium on Reproductive Biology
Carissa is appointed as a trainee on the Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease (CMBD) Training Grant.
The Wignall Lab participates in a Northwestern University Biology Investigations in Reproduction & Development (NU-BIRD) event for the first time. NU-BIRD is a program co-sponsored by the Center for Reproductive Sciences and is a chance for local High School students to explore university labs.
Sadie, Keila, Tim, Amanda, Ian and Carissa attend ASCB (American Society for Cell Biology) annual meeting in New Orleans.
The Wignall Lab celebrates with its annual holiday party!
Chrissy runs the Chicago Marathon.
The Wignall Lab participates in the First Annual “Wormlympics” with the Andersen and Morimoto labs.
Amanda is appointed as a trainee of the Molecular Biophysics Training Program.
Sadie’s son, Ari, was born on July 4th!
We are thrilled to welcome three fantastic graduate students to the lab – Amanda, Tim, and Carissa!
Mike graduates with honors in Biology and also receives the David Shemin Prize for Undergraduate Research.
Tom receives the Weinberg Summer Grant and Bohan receives the Program in Biological Sciences Summer Grant.
The Wignall lab hosts its second margarita party!
Sadie was awarded a Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Award from the March of Dimes.
Sadie was awarded a Runyon- Rachleff Innovation Award from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.
Sadie was awarded a V Scholar Award by the V-foundation for Cancer Research.
Keila passed her qualifying exam and ran the Chicago Marathon!
Sadie was awarded a Basic Research Grant for Assistant Professors from the American Cancer Society Illinois Division.
The Wignall lab hosts its first margarita party!
Mike received the Undergraduate Research Grant (URG) for Summer 2012.
The lab celebrated our one year anniversary (or as we like to say, “labiversary”) with a trip to Molly’s cupcakes and the Lincoln Park Zoo
We welcomed our first graduate student, Keila Torre-Santiago, to the lab.
The lab was awarded its first grant!! Sadie was awarded an Internal Research Grant from the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.
The first members join the lab. Chrissy Muscat joined as a Research Technician/Lab Manager followed by Michael Tran, our first undergraduate student and baker extraordinaire. Ian Wolff joined as a Research Technician later in the month. July was a big month for the Wignall lab!!
Lab Founded- April 1, 2011– and that’s no joke.