Lamason Lab News

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August 1st, 2019: Listeria are on the cover of MBoC! Read up on our RNAi screen for cell-to-cell spread regulators and see the MIT News Brief here.

July 25th, 2019: New funding for the Lamason lab!! We were just awarded a Surdna Junior Faculty Research Fund from MIT!

June 26th, 2019: The lab’s first manuscript was just accepted at MBoC! Thanks to Allen, Cassandra, and Arianna, as well as our collaborators Indro and Vida for their help getting us to this big milestone.

June 12th, 2019: Cassandra gave a fantastic talk about her work on the secreted effector Sca4 at this week’s Building 68 MIT Biology retreat.

June 3rd, 2019: Welcome to the lab Julissa! Julissa Burgos will be working in the Lamason lab this summer as part of the MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP-Bio).

May 28th, 2019: This week we welcomed our newest lab member, Yamilex Acevedo-Sánchez! Yami is a first-year graduate student in the Department of Biology who will be joining our quest to explore the mechanisms of pathogen spread. Welcome to the team, Yami!!

May 10th, 2019: CONGRATULATIONS to Desmond! Desmond was awarded the Peter J. Eloranta Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. This award was established in 1969 and is given to select students planning creative and student-led summer research projects.

April 22nd, 2019: CONGRATULATIONS to Emily! Emily was selected to be a Johnson & Johnson UROP scholar. This program will fund her full-time work in the lab this summer, as well as provide scholars with valuable networking and career guidance from MIT faculty.


April 14, 2019: Cassandra and Allen set-up a creative and fun way to describe the work we do in the lab for the MIT Microbial Fair today. Even the littlest Lamason got to join in on the fun and practice her cell-to-cell spread.

April 4th, 2019: The lab’s newest paper is live on bioRxiv. In this paper, we did a targeted RNAi screen focused on host intercellular communication regulators and came up with 22 genes that are important for Listeria cell-to-cell spread. This work reveals novel host factors that are hijacked by pathogens, and highlights how studying the process of spread could help us understand the regulatory mechanisms of host intercellular communication better.

March 12th, 2019: Biology graduate student Elizabeth Hemenway started her second rotation with us this week. Welcome to the lab!

February 19th, 2019: The Lamason Lab keeps growing. This week we welcomed MIT Undergraduate Desmond Edwards to the lab as our newest UROP. Welcome!

February 5th, 2019: Yamilex Acevedo-Sanchez from the Biology department just started in the lab for her first rotation. Welcome Yami :)

January 7th, 2019: New year, new rotons! This month we welcome Microbiology student Mandy Levine to the lab for her rotation.

December 20, 2018: We’re hiring! The Lamason Lab is looking for a lab technician. Applicants should apply using the link here. Please be sure to include a cover letter expressing why you’re interested in the lab and a resume outlining your work experiences in (and out of) the lab.

December 10, 2018: This week we welcomed our newest lab member, Jon McGinn! Jon got his Ph.D. at The Rockefeller University and just joined the lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Welcome :)

September 24, 2018: The Lamason lab welcomes its newest lab member, Emily O’Rourke. Emily is an MIT undergraduate student who has started a UROP position with us. Welcome to the lab Emily!


August 1, 2018: Our new scope is finally here! We are having so much fun playing with our new toy.

July 23, 2018: Becky was selected to hold the Robert A. Swanson (1969) Career Development Professorship in the Life Sciences. We are very grateful to MIT and the Swanson family for this generous gift! See the news story here, and check out this video profile to hear more about what we do in the lab. 

June 8, 2018: New funding for the Lamason lab!! We were just awarded an MIT Research Support Committee grant from the James H. Ferry Jr. Fund for Innovation in Research Education. 

June 1, 2018: Welcome to our newest lab members, and first Lamason Lab graduate students (!) - Allen Sanderlin and Cassandra Vondrak. Allen is a student in the Department of Biology and Cassandra is a student in the Microbiology Program. Keep an eye out for all of the exciting work they'll be doing.

May 3, 2018: Our recent bioRxiv submission reporting our Rickettsia parkeri transposon mutagenesis screen was officially published in PLoS ONE today.

April 9, 2018: We said goodbye to another set of fantastic rotons this week. Thanks Alex and Brian! 


March 9, 2018: First preprint submission to bioRxiv is complete! This new report details the Rickettsia parkeri mutants we found in a transposon mutagenesis screen. See the submission here and stay tuned for the official publication.

March 6, 2018: Round 1 biology department rotations are over and we just said goodbye to our first ever rotons! Thanks for your hard work, Allen and Anna. 

February 13, 2018: This week completes our back-to-back Olympus scope demos. We're finally done with the parade-of-scopes!

December 11, 2017: Nikon is taking over the scope room for demo #3. Getting closer to decision time!

December 1, 2017: Round two of scope demos starts today with the Leica TCS Sp8 Confocal. 

November 20, 2017: Our newest member, Arianna Scricco has joined the lab! Arianna hails from Furman University where she got her B.S. in Neuroscience, and has joined the team as our Senior Research Support Associate. Welcome Arianna!

November 2, 2017: Scope demos are starting! Next week we are testing out the Zeiss LSM 880 with Airyscan. Registration is open for others to test drive the system too. 

October 16, 2017: The Lamason Lab is growing. Gina Lee has started as our new administrative assistant. Welcome Gina!!


September 12, 2017: News feature welcoming the Lamason and Davis labs to MIT! 

September 1, 2017: The Lamason lab opens September 2017! We are looking for new members to join this exciting, multidisciplinary team. Go to the Contact page to see more.