Wow so much to celebrate!

Spring 2021

  • Congratulations to Julia Meng for her nomination from the CMB program for the BSD Harper Fellowship (for best PhD thesis)
  • Congratulations to Marie Greaney and Maxime Lehman for winning the best presentation prize at the 2021 CNRS-Chicago symposium.
  • Congratulations to Julia Meng who accepted a post-doc in the Lyon’s lab
  • Congratulations to Yiqin Gao for her acceptance into the Neuroscience Honors Program!
  • Congratulations to Bianca Campagnari on her DNUFO summer fellowship.
  • Congratulations to Juan Zuniga for submitting his Neuroscience thesis!
  • Zarion Marshall joins the lab (CON graduate program)
  • Conor Lee-Smith, CMB Graduate Student Rotation
  • Talia Friedman, undergraduate joins the lab

Winter 2021

  • Congratulations to Marie Greaney for her NRSA F31 Fellowship
  • Congratulations to Julia Meng for the publication of her review article: Development of Motor Circuits. Meng JL, Heckscher ES (2021). Current Topics in Developmental Biology. Special issue on Neural Development, Greg Bashaw editor. Elsevier. 142:409-442.
  • Rio Salazar, CMB Graduate Student Rotation
  • Anali Migueles, DRSB Graduate Student Rotation

Fall 2020

  • Welcome Deeptha Vasudevan, post-doctoral researcher
  • Our very own Zarion Marshall rotates as part of the CON Graduate Student Rotation

Summer 2020

  • Jake Henderson selected for the Developmental Biology Training Grant for a second year
  • Yiqin Gao awarded BSCD Summer Research Fellow
  • Juan Zuniga awarded a Metcalf Summer Fellow
  • Good-bye Yi-wen Wang, PhD. Congratulations on your new job in Taiwan!
  • Good-bye to Zarion Marshall, good luck as a UChicago graduate student in the fall.

Spring 2020

  • Congratulations to Julia for publishing her manuscript “Temporal transcription factors determine circuit membership by permanently altering motor neuron-to-muscle synaptic partnerships.” Meng JL, Wang Y, Carrillo RA, Heckscher ES (2020). eLife; 9:e56898
  • Congratulations to Hannah Carr for graduation from UChicago and being accepted at UChicago Pritzker School of Medicine.
  • Sean Corcoran, DRSB Graduate Student Rotation (socially-distanced)

Fall 2019

  • Congratulations to Julia for publishing her manuscript “How prolonged expression of Hunchback, a temporal transcription factor, re-wires locomotor circuits” in eLife;8:e46089

Summer 2019

  • Jake Henderson (DRSB graduate student) joins to the lab
  • Jake Henderson selected for the Developmental Biology Training Grant
  • Elise Paniel graduates with MS from University Paris, Diderot
  • 2019 CSHL course: Drosophila Neurobiology: Gene, Circuits & Behavior. Ellie- Lecturer/Lab Coordinator; Marie and Yi-wen- TAs.
  • Hannah Carr awarded International REU Program Fellow
  • Omar Kassem awarded a Odyssey Scholar and Summer Fellow
  • Yiqin Gao awarded a Developmental Neurobiology Undergraduate Fellow

Spring 2019

  • Congratulations Marie Greaney on her honorable mention for an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!
  • Congratulations to Alden Hererra for graduation from UofC
  • Anthony Osuma, CON Graduate Student Rotation

Winter 2019

  • Jake Henderson, DRSB Graduate Student Rotation
  • Rosteen Mansouri-Rad, CON Graduate Student Rotation

Fall 2018

  • Welcome and Yi-wen Wang (post-doc) to the lab
  • Heckscher lab R01 officially starts!
  • Welcome Marie Greaney (Neuroscience Grad Student)  to the lab.
  • Elaine Kushkowski, DRSB Graduate Student Rotation

Summer 2018

  • Welcome undergrads,\ Annie Ullyot and Noah Brookes to the lab.
  • Congratulations to Alden Herrera and Hannah Carr on their DNUFO summer fellowships

Spring 2018

  • Congratulation to Julia Meng fo her  NSF GRFP graduate fellowship.
  • Congratulation to Julia Meng on her re-selection for MGCB training grant
  • Welcome Elise Paniel to the lab
  • Our own Katie Bell will be attending graduate school at USC this fall
  • Grace Schultz, DRSB Graduate Student Rotation
  • Erica Mezias, CON Graduate Student Rotation

Winter 2018

  • Marie Greaney, CON Graduate Student Rotation
  • Khoi Nguyen, DRSB Graduate Student Rotation

Fall 2017

  • Congratulations to Julia Meng passing her qualifying exam
  • Meike Lobb-Rabe, CMB Graduate Student Rotation.
  • Congradulations to Julia Meng for being selected to be on the MCB training grant.
  • Congratulations to Julia Meng, who gave talks at Drosophila Neurobiology Meeting, at Cold Spring Harbor and at the UChicago Molecular BioSciences Retreat

Summer 2017

  • Julia Meng, CMB Graduate Student joins the lab
  • Machiah Gill, University of Miami Undergraduate, Summer Project
  • Luis X. de Pablo, University of Chicago Lab School, Science Summer Link
  • Alden Herrera, U Chicago Undergraduate joins the Heckscher Lab

Spring 2017

  • Johnathon Hall, CMB Graduate Student Rotation
  • Ellie is featured in The Atlantic article “Fly larvae help scientists understand and treat diseases. An Object Lesson” by Robin Tricoles
  • Wreden et al., 2017 “Temporal cohorts of lineage-related neurons perform analogous functions in distinct sensorimotor circuits” published in Current Biology

Winter 2017

  • Julia Meng, CMB Graduate Student Rotation
  • Roy Morgan, CMB Graduate Student Rotation
  • Hirono et al., 2017 , “The Hunchback temporal transcription factor establishes, but is not required to maintain, early-born neuronal identity” published in Neural Development

Fall 2016

  • Harry Feng, DRSB Graduate Student Rotation
  • Hannah Carr, U Chicago Undergraduate joins the Heckscher Lab
  • Anthony DiGiovanni, U Chicago Undergraduate joins the Heckscher Lab
  • Sun and Heckscher 2016, “Using linear agarose channels to study Drosophila larval crawling behavior” published in JoVE
  • Ellie gives a talk at Janelia Research Campus for the Behavioral Neurogenetics of Drosophila Larva meeting
  • Ellie gives a talk In Ann Arbor, MI for the Midwest Society of Developmental Biology Regional Meeting
  • Ellie gives a talk in Chicago, IL for the Molecular and Cellular Biology Training Program, University of Chicago

Summer 2016

  • Wanhao Chi, GGSB Graduate Student Rotation
  • Katie Bell, U Chicago Undergraduate joins the Heckscher Lab
  • Zarion Marshall joins the lab as Technician
  • Clark et al. 2016 “Functional genetic screen to identify interneurons governing behaviorally distinct aspects of Drosophila larval motor programs” published in G3

Winter 2016

  • Xiao Sun, DRSB Graduate Student Rotation

Fall 2015