Showing posts from August, 2018

47th Annual Scientific Meeting - Thank you!

The 47th Annual International Society for Experimental Hematology meeting took place in sunny Los Angeles, California, August 23-26th. The exciting program ( ) included career and technology sessions, as well as talks and poster presentations from trainees, new investigators and leaders in the field. On behalf of the ISEH Board of Directors, volunteers and staff, we'd like to thank our 2018 sponsors and exhibitors, seen below. We hope to see you all in Brisbane in 2019! Thank you to our 2018 Platinum Sponsors Thank you to our 2018 Gold Sponsors   Thank you to our 2018 Silver Sponsor Thank you to our 2018 Educational Support Sponsors   ANONYMOUS DONATIONS MADE IN MEMORY OF: Dr. Michael Lill , Dr. Ihor Lemischka Thank you to our 2018 Exhibitors                    

Lab Spotlight: Ding Lab

Each month, Simply Blood spotlights a lab focused on the research of basic hematology, immunology, stem cell research, cell and gene therapy, and other related aspects.  Get to know these different labs around the world! This month, we are featuring the Ding Lab at Columbia University. How long have you had your lab? I started in February 2013. So a little over 5 years. How many members make up your lab? Students/postdocs? There are four graduate students and one postdoc in the lab currently. I would like to have another postdoc or two. That will be the ideal composition of my ‘dream’ lab. What is the major research theme of your lab? We investigate the molecular and cellular mechanisms, particular extrinsic mechanisms, that regulate hematopoietic stem cell function. We also study how these mechanisms contribute to hematological diseases. What's your best approach to mentoring students in the lab? Everyone is different. I try to tailor my mentoring style to each s

When do you feel like you have ‘made it’ in academic science?

A funny thing happened to me the other day – I got the official notice that my promotion to Associate Professor of Medicine with tenure was approved (Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis).  It was all very anticlimactic, just a letter that showed up in my internal mailbox.  There was no phone call from the Dean or the Chair of the Department of Medicine, no big party, no fanfare – just a signed letter staring back at me.  It was a very surreal experience.  This is something most of us strive for and work so hard towards and then when the moment arrives, it was all very … meh. Sometimes it still doesn’t seem real, I keep waiting for someone to tap me on the shoulder saying … oops we made a mistake.  I go to meetings and conferences and see all the amazing work being done by my colleagues, contemporaries and collaborators and it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed.  So much of the world’s cutting edge research is being done in hematology that as a young investigator it is