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July 10, 2024

The Valdez Lab is out and about this summer! Dr. Valdez is giving a talk at the International Symposium on Neurobiology and Neuroendocrinology of Aging in Austria in mid-July. Robert Louis Hastings and Emma Suneby are also presenting posters at this meeting. Dr. Valdez is also giving a talk at the Mechanotransduction, Muscle Spindles, and Proprioception meeting in Germany at the end of July.

June 7, 2024

Big congratulations to Emma Suneby for being awarded the Charles Dana Graduate Fellowship in the Graduate Awards in Brain Science through Brown University!

June 5, 2024

Dallis passed the PhD qualifying exam for the pathobiology graduate program! We are so proud of you and excited for you, PhD candidate Sergio!

May 17, 2024

Work by Devin Juros and others on changes to muscles and neuromuscular junctions in a mouse model of MEGF10-related myopathy was just published in Skeletal Muscle! Check it out here!

April 24, 2024

Robert Louis Hastings is on a roll and just published again! Check out their new review paper on the diverse types and functions of terminal Schwann cells which was published in Trends in Neuroscience! See it here!

March 13, 2024

Congratulations to Mikayla for passing the PhD qualifying exam for the MCB graduate program! Excited to see what you do next, PhD candidate Lopes!

November 15, 2023

Six Valdez lab members presented posters at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. this year!

September 28, 2023

Check out a new paper by Robert Louis Hastings and others on changes to synaptic Schwann cells at aging neuromuscular junctions. See the Aging Cell paper here!

September 22, 2023

Ryan Castro and others just published another paper! This one in Glia is about changes to microglia-motor neuron interactions in the aging spinal cord. Read it here!

June 7, 2023

Congratulations to Emma Suneby and Mary Flordelys Avila for completing their PhD qualifying exams! We are excited to see your theses continue to develop!

May 8, 2023

Work by Ryan Castro and others on the aging of spinal motor neurons in mice was recently published in JCI Insight! Check it out here!

March 30, 2023

Congrats to three Valdez Lab undergraduate students, Mia Kantorovich, Liam Wilson, and Jinho Kim, on being awarded summer UTRA (Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award) fellowships from Brown University! This award will help fund their room and board as they work in the lab this summer.

August 19, 2022

Congratulations to Ryan Castro for successfully defending his PhD thesis! Ryan is planning to accept a post-doctoral fellowship in the Tanzi Lab at Harvard. We are so excited to see all that you will accomplish in the coming years!

July 20, 2022

Congratulations to former Valdez Lab post-doctoral researchers Elizabeth Allen and Ryan Massopust for starting scientist positions at Sanofi and AskBio, respectively. We will miss you both!

July 13, 2022

Robert Hastings was selected for a post-doctoral fellowship on the Brown Molecular Biology of Aging T32 Training Grant. Well-deserved, congrats Robert!

June 28, 2022

Emma Suneby, a new PhD student in the Valdez Lab, was selected as Frederic Poole Gorham pre-doctoral fellow for 2022. We are excited to see all you will accomplish during your PhD!

March 17, 2022

Work by Dillon Shapiro and others on changes in Argonaute 2 expression at the neuromuscular junction was recently published in Scientific Reports! Check out the article!

February 3, 2022

Congratulations to lab manager Mikayla Lopes on being accepted into Brown's Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry PhD Graduate Program!

January 20, 2022

Check out our new article in Neurobiology of Disease on the role of KLF15 in ALS here. Congrats to co-first authors Ryan Massopust and Devin Juros!

October 26, 2021

The work by Thomas Taetzsch and others on the role of miR-133b in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) pathogenesis was recently published in the Journal of Physiology. See it here!