Isabelle Heifetz Ament Joins the Lin Lab as a PhD Student

The Lin Lab is delighted to announce that Isabelle Heifetz Ament, a PhD student in the Biology Graduate Group at the University of Pennsylvania, has joined the lab to complete her thesis research. Isabelle will be studying the role of endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) in neurodegenerative diseases, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Welcome, Isabelle!


Lin Lab Receives Award from CHOP Diagnostic Innovation Fund

The Lin Lab received an award from the CHOP Pathology Diagnostic Innovation Fund. This 1-year, $100,000 award was designed to accelerate development of new diagnostic tests, with the overall goal of encouraging translation of promising bench research to clinical tests. Dr. Lin will use the funding to develop an RNA-guided diagnostic technology for inborn errors of immunity (IEI), using the efficient and cost-effective TEQUILA-seq method for targeted long-read RNA sequencing of IEI genes.


Dr. Lan Lin Awarded CGTC Seed Grant

The Lin lab was awarded a CHOP Cell & Gene Therapy Collaborative (CGCT) Seed Grant. CHOP Seed Grants are intended to promote early-stage development of new ideas, with the goal of achieving preclinical proof-of-concept by the end of the 2-year grant period. Dr. Lin will use the funding to further develop her lab’s microfluidic single-cell TCR screen, which is designed to develop novel therapies for pediatric AML.


Dr. Lin Awarded Prestigious Grant from W.W. Smith Charitable Trust

Dr. Lan Lin was awarded a Medical Research Grant from the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust. The Grant provides 1 year of funding for basic research projects with high potential for direct impact in the fight against heart disease, cancer, and AIDS. Dr. Lin will use the funding to develop a novel microfluidic single-cell T-cell receptor (TCR) screen for pediatric acute myeloid leukemia (AML).


Noah Smith Joins the Lin Lab as a Research Technician
Noah Smith joined the Lin Lab after leaving a position at Johns Hopkins University. Noah is interested in third-generation/long-read sequencing technologies. Welcome, Noah! 


Dr. Lan Lin Awarded Pilot Grant from the Frontiers in CDG Consortium

Dr. Lan Lin was awarded a Pilot and Feasibility Grant of $40,000 from the Frontiers in Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation (CDG) Consortium. The Grant provides 12 months of funding for “High Risk, High Reward” projects in CDG. Dr. Lin’s project will study the potential role of endogenously N-glycosylated RNA (glycoRNA) in samples from pediatric patients with CDG.


Nick Galambos Accepted to the University of Pennsylvania

Our Research Technician, Nick Galambos, was accepted into his first-choice PhD program in Cell & Molecular Biology at the University of Pennsylvania. Congratulations, Nick!


Welcome, Baby Alex!

Dr. Lan Lin gave birth to her second child, a healthy baby boy named Alex, on December 12th.

Congratulations, Lan!


Dr. Siwei Luo Joins the Lin Lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow

The Lin Lab gained a new postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Siwei Luo. Siwei received his BS and PhD from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). He is interested in using interdisciplinary methods to study complex biological systems, especially biomacromolecular interactomes. His current research focuses on developing microfluidic technology to study single-cell RNA-protein interactions. Welcome, Siwei!


Nick Galambos Joins the Lin Lab as Research Technician

Nick Galambos joined the Lin Lab after leaving a Lab Coordinator position at Delaware County College. Nick hopes to gain research experience in the lab and plans to apply to graduate school in the future. Welcome, Nick!


Scientific Writer, Dr. Kate Kadash-Edmondson, Joins the Lin Lab

Dr. Kate Kadash-Edmonson joined the Lin Lab after 18 months in the biotech industry and over a decade working as a scientific writing consultant. She received her Bioengineering PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a postdoc in Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics. Kate will help mentor trainees and provide scientific writing support for the Lin Lab. Welcome, Kate!