The interesting year 2020
Well, when 2020 rolled around, we certainly couldn’t have envisioned the challenges it would bring to us all. However, in these uncertain times, we have managed to be healthy (touchwood) and productive.
In March, Natalie successfully defended her Research Proposal, in what would later be known as “The last time we all gathered together in person without masks.” Later, her abstract to the ASBMB annual meeting was chosen for a podium talk, only for the meeting to be canceled. However, Natalie gave an excellent virtual seminar on her work on intestinal desaturases at the ASBMB Spotlight Session in June. Check it out here (for a limited time): https://www.asbmb.org/meetings-events/2020-annual-meeting/regulation-of-lipid-metabolism
Priyanka’s abstract to the ASN annual meeting was also chosen for a podium talk, as a finalist for the “Emerging Leaders in Nutrition” award – way to go, Priyanka! Hopefully, we will have a chance to present this work in person next year.
Tasleenpal Akal completed her MS thesis in Nutritional Sciences, which was conferred by Rutgers in May of 2020. Nice job, Tas!
Sai Komakula defended his Ph.D. thesis, supervised by Harini and Dr. Agnieszka Dobrzyn of the Nencki Institute in Warsaw, Poland. Sai defended his thesis via a virtual Zoom meeting, attended by over 75 participants from around the world. Following a grueling defense, Sai earned his doctoral degree, and we celebrated with multiple virtual celebrations. Thanks to all who attended his defense and the after-parties. Congratulations Dr. Komakula, and best wishes for your postdoctoral fellowship at University of Wroclaw.
Harini was awarded an American Heart Association Career Development Grant to pursue a role for intestinal desaturases in regulating whole-body metabolism. We are excited to use this timely award to increase our understanding of the intestine as a critical organ that regulates whole-body health.
In addition to staying productive and keeping essential strains and experiments going, lab members have descended fully into backyard gardening and homesteading activities.
As we take a deep breath (through a mask) and resume our research activities in full swing, the lab is now making plans for a socially-distanced celebration of lab birthdays that were missed during this shutdown. Happy birthday wishes to Deeptha and Bhavya.
We wish you all a happy holiday season, and a great start to the New Year.
Priyanka presents the lab’s findings at the inaugural IFNH Research Day
Harini presents a talk at the annual RCLR Lipids Symposium, and several of the students and postdocs all present posters. Sai wins a poster award for his work on OGG1 and adipocyte differentiation. Great going Sai!
A lab tradition continues…Halloween 2019.
The lab receives a Pilot grant from the NIH-Rutgers/PBRC Botanicals Research Center to study the mechanisms underlying sexual dimorphism in metabolic effects of a dietary flavonoid.
The lab receives a New Jersey IFNH Seed Grant to study the dietary and genetic modulation of intestine-derived lipoproteins. Co-Investigators on this grant include Drs. Judith Storch (Rutgers, Nutrition), Loredana Quadr (Rutgers, Food Science), and Joseph Dixon (Rutgers, Nutrition)
Priyanka presents her work regarding sexual dimorphism in metabolic responses to a dietary flavonoid at the Big10 Lipids Conference at the University of Minnesota
Sai passes his doctoral qualifying exams at the Nencki Institute! Congratulations Sai!
Harini and Anupom present lab findings at the Gordon Conference on the Molecular Biology of Lipids, held in beautiful Waterville Valley, NH.
Rutgers RiSE undergraduate scientist Gloria Awuku presents her summer work from the Sampath lab and wins a 5-minute presentation award! Congratulations Gloria.
Harini’s invited review in DNA Repair is published
“Roles of OGG1 in Transcriptional Regulation and Maintenance of Metabolic Homeostasis”
Harini is inducted into the Scientific Steering Committee of the International Conference on the Bioscience of Lipids (ICBL).
Priyanka and Sai both receive travel awards from the Rutgers’ Center for Lipid Research to travel to meetings this year. Great going!
Sai presented the lab’s work and parts of his thesis at the 12th Annual Nutrition, Endocrinology, and Food Science Graduate Student Conference, as an invited speaker. Well done, Sai!
Graduate student Tasleen got married! And the whole lab was glad to attend a lovely reception hosted by Tas’ parents. Thank you for having us, and best wishes to the happy couple!
At a cake and ‘champagne’ reception in the lab.
The whole group in Indian (and Chinese) attire, at the wedding reception. Sampath Lab (above) and the extended lab (below).
Postdoctoral Associate Dr. Priyanka Sharma and Harini Sampath publish an invited review in a Special Edition of the journal Cells, focused on mitochondrial DNA integrity and its role in health and disease. https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4409/8/2/100/htm
2019 is off to a great start, with Dr. Anupom Mondal being chosen as an INSPIRE associate. The INSPIRE Postdoctoral Program at Rutgers provides mentorship in teaching and career development for postdoctoral fellows. More about the program here: http://rwjms.rutgers.edu/research/postdoc/inspire/ Congratulations and best wishes to Anupom!
Graduate student Bhavya Blaze joins the lab as a doctoral-track student of Nutritional Sciences. Welcome Bhavya!
December 2018: The lab celebrated many many holiday parties and events and made plans to travel and relax with family and friends for a few days, before beginning anew in 2019! We wish you all a happy and safe holiday season!
November 2018: Sai successfully completes his doctoral qualifiers – Congratulations Sai on officially graduating to be the first doctoral candidate from the Sampath Lab!
November 2018: The lab presents 2 posters at the Rutgers Center for Lipid Research Lipid Symposium
October 2018: Harini receives a Research Innovation grant from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation.
October 2018: The graduate students dress up as C57Bl6 and obese Agouti mice for the departmental Halloween event.
October 2018: The lab bids a fond and teary farewell to Dr. Mary Falduto – we will miss you!
October 2018: Harini appears on TV Asia’s Center Stage to talk about Nutrition Trends – How to Interpret Nutrition Guidelines for a Healthier You
October 2018: Sai has a first-author publication in Nature Scientific Reports on the role of mitochondrial DNA repair in adipose tissue and its contribution to body weight regulation. Great work!
September 2018: Harini co-chairs Session on Metabolism at the 3rd Central European Biomedical Congress in Krakow, Poland and gives a talk on DNA repair as a novel player in metabolic regulation.
August 2018: Tas passes her gruelling qualifiers. Hooray Tas!
August 2018: Sai and Dr. Sampath attend the Kern Lipid Meeting in beautiful Vail, CO. After a day of altitude adjustment, Sai presents his work both as a poster and an oral presentation.
July 2018: Sai receives a Travel Award from the Kern Lipid Symposium and is chosen to give a short oral presentation. Great going, Sai!
July 2018: Natalie passes her qualifiers with flying colors. Congrats Natalie!
May 2018: Dr. Sampath presents the lab’s findings on OGG1 and metabolic disease at the Columbia Lipids Sympsium in NYC.
November 2017: Sai receives a travel award for his poster presentation at the RCLR Symposium. Yay for Sai!