Quick 2021 Updates...
Perhaps it is telling that I am not updating the blog for 2021 until the first week of 2022... First and foremost, I am full of gratitude for my incredible team as they continued to rally together and support one another in lab and life during the pandemic. I could not ask for a smarter, more compassionate, creative, or thoughtful group than the 2021 Hamilton lab team! We gained multiple team members- Kaitlyn and Gloria are two exceptional research specialists, Noor- our newest GI fellow, and Daana- veterinary student, in addition to three (!) summer undergraduate researchers- Hritik, Jenna, and Catherine. We pushed our next major paper, led by postdoc Patrick, across the finish line and are currently awaiting news about our revised manuscript submission. We were awarded an additional year of funding from the Lisa Dean Moseley foundation to study stem cells in human IBD and are awaiting news on a couple more pending proposals. The lab had our 4th annual retreat around the birthday of the Hamilton lab (July 1), which included a 2-day "retreat" with a state-of-the-lab address, goal setting exercises, a picnic celebration, and an enlightening team-building session in which we learned our "bird-types" (eagle, owl, parrot, dove). Spoiler-alert: we have a lot of "owls" in the group, a couple "parrots", and one "eagle" (me). We really enjoyed the exercise and learned a lot about each other's communication styles. On a bitter-sweet note, we were excited to see Lauren off to her new job as a nurse at CHOP after completing her accelerated BSN degree. We are also bursting with pride at Patrick's new position in the American Association for Cancer Research executive office as a Research Analyst. As two of the lab's founding members, it was hard to see them go. But there is nothing more satisfying than helping folks learn, grow, and "fly" after their time in the Hamilton lab. So far, I can share that 2022 will bring multiple new papers from the lab, a new lab manager, some rotation (and hopefully permanent) PhD students, more funding, collaborative projects, and some new directions. Cheers, and happy new year!
Kate is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She is the main author of this blog, where she shares updates from her research lab.