Jennifer joins the Teves lab as our newest co-op student. She is currently a 3rd year Biology major at UBC. As a co-op student in the lab, she will examine how mESCs differentiate into Neural Progenitor Cells. Welcome!
To cap off the end of 2021, the Teves lab went on an outing to see the fantastic Festival of Lights at the VanDusen Botanical Garden. The park is transformed into a wintry fairy-tale garden, with each area showcasing different themes through magical show of lights. Highly recommended!
November 23, 2021. It’s been over a year since we last gathered for a group photo. So here we are! Still growing stronger together.
From left to right: James Kwan, Thomas Nguyen, Quintin Towert, Marek Budzynski, Sheila Teves, Rachel Price, Hazel Cui, Iris Shen, Sehee Shin
We’re very proud to announce that James was recently awarded one of UBC’s 4-Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF) to support his graduate research in the Teves lab. Congratulations!!
UBC Biochemistry undergrads Iris Shen, Quintin Towert, and Sehee Shin start the fall term as student researchers in the Teves lab. Welcome!
For our 3rd year anniversary, the Teves lab enjoyed a beautiful hike to Eagle’s Bluffs on Friday July 9, 2021.
A tradition in the making …
Our lab birthday present? A brand new, custom-built TIRF/HILO microscope with high power laser launch and photomanipulation module for single molecule imaging in live-cells. WooHOO!
BCRegMed held a “Dragon’s Den” competition last month to support trainees in British Columbia working on projects related to Regenerative Medicine.
Graduate student Rachel Price was selected as one of six winners this year. Congratulations to Rachel!
Thank you to BCRegMed for this honor and support.
Ever wonder how Pol II transcription starts? So did many several decades ago. Works from Roeder, Hahn, Buratowski, Tjian (and so many more) have ironed out the mechanism of Pol II recruitment and initiation in eukaryotic cells. And these are literally in the textbooks.
At the center of it all is this one protein called TBP. An essential gene, TBP is conserved throughout Archaea and Eukarya. Without it, you don’t get transcription… Or do you???
Well, for reasons we won’t get to for now, we decided to revisit TBP, even though it seemed like it was all figured out a while ago. What we found blew our minds. Turns out, at least in mouse embryonic stem cells, Pol II doesn’t need TBP to transcribe genes!
mouse ES cells don’t even need TBP to induce transcription of silent genes! So what is going on? Read all about it here!
Congratulations to all members of the Teves lab, especially James and Thomas who spearheaded this project together.
Almost exactly one year ago, UBC closed all non-essential research and moved all classes online. It’s been a heck of a year, but we’re all lucky to be safe and healthy.