The spring conference season has wrapped up and we participated in some great conferences!
In April, Dr. Pamenter was a Featured Speaker at EB2017 in Chicago where he presented Lisa’s work on the role of HIF in regulating ventilatory responses to hypoxia in naked mole rats. He also presented a poster with the help of the lab’s youngest member, 5 month old Samara. Dr. Pamenter was also awarded the Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology section’s New Investigator Award from the American Physiological Society!
In May, he kicked off the Peter Hochachka memorial satellite symposium of the annual CSZ meeting in Winnipeg and then also presented Alexia, Chelsea, and Aaron’s work examining behavioural responses to hypoxia in naked mole rats at the general meeting. It was an exhausting few weeks and now it’s time to write all that data up!
Sarah Zhang is the newest member of the Pamenter lab, joining us this summer as an NSERC USRA student and then continuing on for her 4th year undergraduate thesis. Sarah’s project will focus on understanding metabolic and ventilatory responses to hypoxia in Damaraland mole rats, a new study species in the lab.
Chau, Max and Chelsea (l-r) have now completed their undergrad honours thesis work in the lab, including fantastic written reports and stellar posters. All three also participated in the annual OCIB meeting and Max and Chau also attended the undergrad research conference at Nipissing, where Max brought home a prize for the top student presentation. Great work guys!!! Now to get to work on those manuscripts for publication!
The lab was well-represented at the latest CSZ annual meeting in lovely London, ON. Excellent presentations from Alexia, Lisa, and Sharn. Great job all!
Kudos go to Lisa for taking home the honours for best grad student oral presentation in the OCIB thesis speed round!! Honourable mention go to Sharn and Alexia for stellar poster presentations.
Congratulations to Alexia and Aaron for completing their undergrad honours theses. Job well done!
Dr. Pamenter’s CRC is now official after the Minister for the Environment and Climate Change handed over an official plaque signed by the PM (and thank goodness it’s the new one as we wouldn’t accept it from the old!).
The lab is officially open for business and boasts an exciting first batch of students!!! While we await CFI approval, early studies in the lab are focused on behavioural and physiological responses to acute and chronic hypoxia in naked mole rats. Check our our research page to learn more about some of these experimental approaches.
Photo Credit: Bob Owen, via flickr
Check out this new article written by Tyler Irving. It highlights the importance of working with naked mole-rats as a model species for studying hypoxia-tolerant brain mechanisms. Naked mole-rats have adapted to life in hypoxic underground tunnels where oxygen levels can drop to approximately 8 per cent. The Pamenter Lab is currently studying these remarkable little rodents.