Limericks in Honor of Departing Lab Members
(What is a limerick? A 5-line poem with a strict rhyme scheme. Click here to find out more.)  

Rhonda Feinbaum

Rhonda came to the lab to do plants,
But Arabidopsis did not have a chance.
Worms grow so fast;
Plants did not last.
She chose worms then with no backward glance.

But Rhonda’s life picking worms is now done.
Can one say that it’s always been fun?
If not, that’s OK--
Life’s funny that way--
But she sure had her day in the sun.

Rhonda found small RNAs;
They’re now an international craze.
But honored or not,
We love Rhonda a lot;
She deserves a whole lot of praise.

Rhonda’s role has been often to teach;
Many times she has stepped in the breach.
And kids grow up fast--
We won’t dwell on the past--
Her new dreams are not out of reach.

To genetics she gave her best years,
Much admired by all of her peers,
But she’s not finished yet,
It’s a surefire bet:
She’ll excel in her counseling career.

--Fred Ausubel and Stephanie Bird, 7/31/16

Rhonda, I'll miss your warm smile.
I love that you're still running miles.
I hope for my sake,
I'll see you at the lake,
Keeping fit with your healthy lifestyle!

--Pauline Lim, 7/31/16

Annie Conery

Although Annie is shorter than most
She walks faster than all - she can boast.
She gets lots of things done
While still having fun.
We’re hoping she’ll learn how to coast.

--Fred Ausubel, 12/13/15

We all need to thank Annie Conery
For making our worm screens so easy
She keeps the sorts going,
M9 and worms flowing,
making chemical genetics breezy!

--Grace Yuen, 4/13/16

Annie’s talents were in high-throughput assays,
Testing C. elegans in myriad ways.
Her computers did tabulate
As her worm met their fate,
And her colleagues sang loudly her praise.

--Jonathan Urbach, 12/13/15

Eliana Drenkard

As NPR plays all the while,
She counts RSCVs in style.
Regulatory modules that switch partners
Are not for innocent kindergartners --
Even if they’re not an alternative lifestyle.

--Grace Yuen, 4/13/16

Eliana has worked here for years
On a microbe that everyone fears.
Pseudomomas is tricky;
It’s also quite sticky;
Its resistance can drive you to tears.

--Fred Ausubel, 12/13/15

Eliana studied biofilm formation
Of PA14 during microaerobic respiration
And antibiotic resistance
That could cause CF lung persistance
Dependent on Iron-Sulfer Cluster Regulation.

--Jonathan Urbach, 12/13/15

Jonathan Urbach

Urbach’s mind is stuffed full with a code--
N B S, L R R, what a load!
We all hear him hum,
From where did they come?
The motifs are convergent, he showed.

--Fred Ausubel, 12/13/15

Urbach climbs phylogenetic trees
To trim them and make them more pretty.
Will show you by far
Convergent evolution -- you see.

--Grace Yuen, 4/13/16

Grace Yuen

When Grace finished her thesis, we cheered,
And into our brains it was seared:
Faecium kills worms;
It’s a serious germ--
It is just as bad as we feared.

--Fred Ausubel, 12/13/15

Grace studied how C. elegans could fight back,
When pathogenic Enterococci attack
With faecium worm guts did fill,
But meanwhile faecalis could kill
Yet worm gene expression followed roughly the same track.

--Jonathan Urbach, 12/13/15

Cara Haney

When Cara dug down to the roots,
Not surprising she found they're not shoots.
The field she did rile
As she said with a smile,
I S S , I S R, her horn toots.

--Fred Ausubel, 12/13/15

Mi-seq reveals to us the wealth
Of microbes that dictate host health,
Bacteria that harbor
Brassicaceae and arbors
Control with molecular stealth.

Fluorescens sticks to the roots
Protecting precious small shoots,
But some strains aggress
And cause ISS,
So plants must be very astute.

--Grace Yuen, 4/13/16

Cara’s thale cress commensals did abound,
And P. fluorescens was a great model, she found.
With TnSeq there did appear,
Genes (required) for survival in the rhizosphere,
And Cara’s prospects for future study were sound!

--Jonathan Urbach 12/13/15

Zhenyu Cheng

Zhenyu is so nice it’s unreal;
Always grateful he makes others feel.
New pathways he found
In journals renowned.
As a biochemist he is the real deal.

--Fred Ausubel, 12/13/15

Zhenyu showed Protease IV
Cuts pattern receptors galore.
But as receptors are cleaved,
Pseudomonas is deceived
So plants can resist and grow more.

--Grace Yuen, 4/13/16

Zhenyu searching for an immune elicitor
In PA14’s secretome found Protease IV
That activated G-protein pathways
Leading to MAP Kinase cascades
‘Twas novel and exciting for sure.

--Jonathan Urbach 12/13/15

Julia Plotnikov

Microscopes are Julia’s best friends.
She’s stayed true and ignored the new trends.
What you see with your eyes
Can still give you highs.
What she has is a truth-telling lens.

--Fred Ausubel, 12/13/15

Julia knows her EM,
Sectioning those who have stems.
A wonderful baker,
And rose bouquet maker,
This is why she is a gem!

--Grace Yuen, 4/13/16

Julia’s studied C. elegans paralysis
Caused by delicious Pleurotus ostreatus.
Upon contact, toxin released,
Worms first paralyzed, are then deceased,
By a compound still mysterious.

--Jonathan Urbach, 12/13/15

Xuecheng Zhang

Xuecheng Zhang pursued projects galore:
J A, C O R and many more.
Juggling three at a time
He was in his prime.
It was never for him a big chore.

--Fred Ausubel, 12/13/15

Read Pukkila-Worley

There was a young doctor named Read
Whose life was defined by his creed:
“At noon he does eat,
He keeps his bench neat,
His experiments run at high speed.”

He runs every day to keep fit;
He plays cello: that way he can sit.
His talks are on time,
He treats patients with Lyme,
He picks worms now and then for a hit.

Mediator was Read’s pride and joy
'Til surpassed by the birth of his boy
iPhone 6: just passé,
Eli’s now here to stay
To outshine Read’s next new-found toy.

--Fred Ausubel, 1/11/15

The physician scientist named Read,
Who is multi-talented indeed,
Play cello he can;
He cures both worm and man,
Hits baseballs and runs long races with speed!

 --Annie Conery, 1/11/15

There once was a doctor named Read
Who saw very sick patients in need.
He'd tell this to police
And from tickets was released,
But we know he's normally chunking worm feed.

He could have rejoined the medical field,
But with this new job his fate was sealed:
Pick worms in his sleep
And pour plates by the heap,
All day hoping grants will be revealed.

 --Deborah McEwan, 1/11/15

Read chases RPW24;
Bench is neat as if he never worked.
Lab, life, music and sport--
He manages everything like a CPU with quad-cores.

 --Shen Peter Yu, 1/11/15

Read’s interest and focus were keen,
For anti-infectives from a high-throughput screen,
RPW-24 conferred resistance
In Pseudomonas-infected C. elegans,
Dependent on MDT-15.

 --Jonathan Urbach, 1/11/15

Jonah Larkins-Ford

Larkins-Ford was a man with a robot.
Sorting worms is what he did a lot.
Jonah’s his name;
Fantasy football his game.
It’s what he played more often than not.

 --Fred Ausubel, 6/4/14

Slavica Djonovic

Slavica was all smiles from the start
You knew that she had a big heart
Trehalose was her key
And now she is free
At Symbiota to play a new part

She used to played chess with the pros
In the lab her data just flows
A mom she was soon
And now a tycoon?
What’s next? – only Slavica knows

PA14 is a powerful bug
But Slavica gave a big shrug
It may cause disease
But for her it's a breeze
Let’s give that brave girl a big hug

There once was a girl from Belgrade
Plant-pathogen wars were her trade
Symbionts are now in
And it’s a win-win
Plant and microbe now both have it made

 --Fred Ausubel, 2/8/14

Slavica came from Serbia, via Texas,
And found a mystery in TreY, Z, and S,
With a little trehalose, a
Pathogen, P. auruginosa,
Could defeat the defenses of thale cress.

 --Jonathan Urbach, 2/8/14

Slavica’s work was on trehalose,
An uncommon twinning of glucose.
Bugs use it to acquire
Their nitrogenous desire
So they can grow in the leaves of their hosts.

 --Grace Yuen, 2/8/14

By deleting a kilobase or 42,
without trehalose no bacteria grew.
Then she added some nitrogen,
and it became a pathogen.
Why is that? I wish we knew.

 --Brent Cezairliyan, 2/8/14

Slavica’s work in our lab was on trehalose,
Pseudomonas growth requires a good dose,
PA14’s trade in sugars it does ply,
Arabidopsis doesn’t like to die,
So, this disaccharide makes plants morose.

 --Daniel Kirienko, 2/8/14

Slavica discovered a mutant called delta block,
Without it, Pseudomonas infection is a crock,
Now she’s in industry,
Developing her ability,
And we wish her the best in her new work.

 --Natasha Kirienko, 2/8/14

Slavica, our Serbian rose,
What eyes, cheeks, lips and nose!
So pretty and charming,
With a smile so disarming,
Now see her career as it grows.

 --Pauline Lim, 2/8/14

Cristian "Colo" Danna

Argentina is Colo’s home state.
In Boston he had a long wait.
Virginia comes soon;
Colo’s whistling a tune.
UVA is bound to be great.

Colo’s a man with red hair.
He loves malbec and sausage, I swear.
He loves Eyleen, too.
They are a good crew,
And I must say they make a good pair.

Lux reporters are Colo’s delight.
They’re useful all day and all night.
What’s all the fuss?
Why, they’re better than GUS;
They make protocols turn out just right.

Colo solved a nutrient puzzle:
Amino acids are what bad bugs guzzle.
Plants suck them up;
Pathogens can’t sup--
That’s how plants the pathogens muzzle.

 --Fred Ausubel, 12/3/13

Colo sought in exudates of plants,
Antimicrobials elicited by MAMPS,
But amino acids, held fast,
Made a less hospitable apoplast,
And that was Colo’s big advance!  

--Jonathan Urbach, 12/3/13

When pathogen and plant have a meeting,
there is typically a cold sort of greeting.
A host in the know
won't let bacteria grow
by leaving nothing out for the eating.

 --Brent Cezairliyan, 12/3/13

There was a young fellow named Colo
Who did not play polo,
But he liked fishing,
And while fishing he was wishing
To become principle investigator solo.

--Slavica Djonovic, 12/3/13

Colo was quite a good sport.
On the football pitch or the squash court
He played sports with a fire
One would always admire,
Until kids came and cut that life short.

--Pauline Lim, 12/3/13

Colo’s work was on FLS2,
Now in Virginia, he’ll make his debut
“What we see is what we don’t see”,
With that, no one could disagree,
As his career is tried and true.

--Natasha Kirienko, 12/3/13

What Colo desired to do
Was ask, "Why does flg22,
When you add it to plants,
Then its exudate grants
Less growth to bacterial brew?"

He noticed that following flg,
The sugars reducing did lag.
And intriguingly this:
That some amino acids,
Did spike while still others did lack.

--Grace Yuen, 12/3/13


Mark Rosenzweig

Mark Rosenzweig’s great with the queries;
It’s usually just one of a series;
He’s always on call
To be on the ball
And to come up with thoughtful new theories.

Mark Rosenzweig hoped proteins bound
The experiments went round and round.
Promoters are tough,
And Mark had enough
Of factors long-sought but not found.

 --Fred Ausubel, 2/18/13

Science should study Mark's brain,
'Cause it's thinking on a higher plane.
With a problem in mind,
A solution he'll find.
Our loss is industry's gain.

 --Brent Cezairliyan, 2/18/13

Mark, the friendly guy, is indeed a great adventurer,
He became fascinated with the central role of promoter
Each individual element
Was thrown into protoplast
GVG, LexA, Gal4, are eventually blended in cell culture.

 --Xuecheng Zhang, 2/18/13

I know a smart guy named Mark;
He often made many scientific remark.
Mostly very critical,
Sometimes not practical;
Overall he left a huge benchmark.

 --Hakkim Rahamathullah, 2/18/13

Mark Rosenzweig was a postdoc who
Studied transcriptional responses of plants to
Various pathogen assaults, and stresses,
Persevering through lysates and protoplast messes,
And he’s a hell of a nice guy too!

 --Jonathan Urbach, 2/18/13

There once was a post-doc named Mark,
Whose eyes could light up with a spark
Thinking 'bout worms or DAF-12,
Into which he could easily delve,
He would sing “epistasis!” like a lark.

At lab meetings, Mark was on fire
With ideas that awed and inspired.
Well, maybe some were a bit kooky,
But they were rarely that fluky,
So we followed those that were less dire.

Mark is an excellent geneticist;
And Fred has often acknowledged this.
Providing ideas we respect
For everyone’s projects,
He ought to receive co-authorship.

His project was on plants (…well, kind of)
But flies were his definite true love.
So with valiance galore,
He fought in their honor:
“Flies were #1,” did he have to prove.

But Mark is a truly great guy,
(Even though he has worked on flies).
And we’re glad you’ll be close,
So for now, just “Adios!”
We’ll find an excuse to come by.

--Grace Yuen, 2/18/13

UAS, GVG, and TAP-tag--
Mark had them all in the bag,
His constructs were complex,
To study immune effects,
With protoplasts on his flag.

Mark was a great fellow postdoc;
He developed his methods ad hoc,
He surveyed promoters
To get timely reports on
How infection is blocked.

--Natasha Kirienko, 2/18/13

Mark switched from flies to plants,
And we heard his anti-worm rants,
But someday he'll realize,
Worms are better than flies,
And finally he will recant.

--Daniel Kirienko, 2/18/13


Julia Dewdney

Julia joined the lab long ago
And challenged the lab status quo.
With mildew and arrays,
She had new trails to blaze,
Bringing projects to help the lab grow.

EDS, EDR and their kin--
They’re so many they make your head spin.
Finding out how they work
Could drive you berserk,
But to Julia, it just made her grin.

And now a new life on your skis.
No more SA, PR1, plant disease.
Glucosinolates – passé,
Glutathione – no way!
Think of us as you zip past the trees.

 --Fred Ausubel, 12/17/11

A researcher named Julia Dewdney
studied a gene called EDS3
to discover the way
the plants hastened decay:
What's the cause of their susceptibility?

 --Brent Cezairliyan, 12/17/11

There was a young girl who loved plants.
She joined Fred in the fight for grants.
She summoned her senses
To study plant defenses:
How mustard mounts a response that counts.

 --Christine Kocks, 12/17/11

Julia studied how MAMPs
Elicit defence response in plants,
The eds3 mutant modulates
The profile of glucosinolates
And allows pathogens to advance...

 --Jonathan Urbach, 12/17/11

Christine Kocks

When I heard that Christine had found “Eater”
And there was no one in flies who could beat her,
Her work opened doors
In host-pathogen wars,
I vowed then and there that I’d meet her.

She then joined our lab, as you know;
I was no longer a one-person show.
She helped write the grants,
And though I wore the pants,
She really brought in all the dough.

Berlin has now lured her away;
We’re all sad that she just cannot stay.
And when all’s said and done,
Who’s lost and who’s won?
Who will keep us from going astray?

 --Fred Ausubel, 12/17/11

A great German scientist named Christine
Spent years of research without caffeine.
She came to Boston hoping to do well,
Discovered Eater and landing the cover of Cell,
Now she is leaving the Town of Bean.

In Boston she took on me,
And helped me to get a degree.
By working with flies,
We reached research skies,
And now we party, yippee!

--Yoon-Suk "Alex" Chung, 12/17/11

Christine studied phagocytosis,
And Eater was her primary focus,
AMPs could assist in
Gram negative recognition,
But weren’t needed for Enterococcus.

 --Jonathan Urbach, 12/17/11

I pity her Eater null fly,
that despite its efforts to try
to fight off sepsis
with phagocytosis,
will inevitably much sooner die.

 --Brent Cezairliyan, 12/17/11

Yves Millet

Yves observed ethylene signalling induced,
When he applied MAMPS to roots
Callose production did ensue,
Requiring glucosinolates and PEN2
And Camalexin meanwhile was produced.

Yves, était étudiant diplômé,
De Strasbourg, il avait un oeil poché
De rugby, il était joueur très capable,
À l’heure de bière, il dansait sur la table,
Aujourd’hui il est père, et marié.

 --Jonathan Urbach, 10/29/11

Un étudiant qui s’appelle Millet,
Les defenses des plantes l’intérressait.
Il a découvert comment les racines
Sont affectés par coronatine,
Après quoi ils deviennent infectés.

 --Brent Cezairliyan, 10/29/11

Yves started as a fresh with flagellin,
Later became fascinated with camalexin.
Mass spec was the technique of his favorite,
But he was often frustrated by compound conjugates--
Still, this won't quench his passion for this phytoalexin.

Here is another adventure of Yves with flagellin
Which make him get hands wet on coronatine:
He is determined to figure out the mechanism;
The long commitment will eventually boost up his enthusiasm,
And last, don't forget the bestest of his favorite, a boy named Sebastien.

 --Xuecheng Zhang, 10/29/11

Yves wrote a lot of rhymes;
At farewell parties he is really a gem.
Now his time is coming too
For the others to say something “good”:
The time we have you is overall pretty cool.

Dr. Millet like the roots;
Somehow he don’t care about the shoots.
He said with the help of GUS,
It’s about MAMP response,
But the real reason may be he secretly brews.

 --Shen "Peter" Yu, 10/29/11

There was a young man from France
Who got a chance
To get his PhD degree
A plant resistance expertee.

He came alone;
Now he has a little clone,
Sebastien - a baby boy,
Caroline's and Yves's bundle of joy.

 --Slavica Djonovic, 10/29/11

Yoon-Suk "Alex" Chung

Alex Chung was a whiz with the flies.
Without eater they were destined to die.
With hemocytes munching--
I don’t mean just lunching--
Beware pathogens:  you’ll never get by.

Alex Chung studies bugs with a passion;
Receptors are always in fashion.
Batting 3000 like Jeter,
It was all due to Eater,
And now Alex prepares to cash in.

 --Fred Ausubel, 8/6/11

There was a young chap from Cologne,
Who came to Boston alone.
He found a fiancé
And obtained a degree.
Future adventures are still unknown.

Unlike other guys, Alex worked with flies,
Which gave him all these lows and highs.
Endless hours he ran
Bugs through the FACS Scan.
What prize might be gained for this exercise?

The process was long and full of distress,
He never wavered or went on recess.
Eater and AMPs
revealed their mysteries.
And a paper with cover went into press!

 --Christine Kocks, 8/6/11

Alex studied Eater, which flies
required to phagocytize,
And with AMPs assistance,
Led to disease resistance,
And a front cover that pleases the eyes...

 --Jonathan Urbach, 8/5/11

The Drosophila receptor Eater
Is a PRR, EGF-like repeater.
It aids in phagocytosis
So flies can be in bliss
And bacterial numbers can peter.

“But what is its natural ligand?”
Asked Alex, pipettor in hand.
So with the Eater-Fc fusion,
Alex came to a conclusion
That was as interesting as it was grand.

Eater binds Gram-positives with ease,
But it’s Gram-negatives that really tease.
It takes AMPs and some damage
To give Eater its fine edge,
Making phagocytosis a breeze.

Alex, your leaving should just be postponed,
So I won’t be a grad student here alone!
And now who will come by our bays
To say "How about lunch today?"
We may just have to bring food from home.

 --Grace Yuen, 8/6/11

The question that Alex posed:
"Why does Eater bind these but not those?"
Went unanswered until his finding
That peptidoglycan is what it was binding,
And allowing the cells to phagocytose.

 --Brent Cezairilyan, 8/6/11


Gang Wu

There once was a man named Gang Wu,
Who thought about what he should do.
He followed Jianping
But did his own thing
And then became part of our crew.

With computers he gathered great skills,
Which is nice for it helps pay the bills.
With great databases
He was off to the races
In quest of new digital thrills.

Gang Wu wrote up Perl scripts galore,
But we always kept asking for more.
In a snap he could muster
Pipelines for the cluster--
This proved that Gang Wu was hardcore.

And now Gang is about to be gone.
We can’t replace him with any old John.
To us it’s too cruel
That he loves biofuel,
But we wish him a rosy new dawn.

 --Fred Ausubel,7/20/11

There was a young man named Gang Wu
Whose programming few could outdo,
He wrote code “off the cuff”,
Made pipelines from raw stuff,
So that tons of data could flow through, directly on to peer review!

Gang Wu, we’ll miss you!

 --Christine Kocks, 7/20/11

On Sparc, 2010, and Pseudomonas,
Gang Wu has worked with all of us,
But every night and every morning,
Problem alert, RAID is Warning!
Gang would rush to restore working status...

Gang Wu could save the day,
By rebuilding a RAID Array,
And in a flash, he'd apply
Some new Java or Perl API,
What to do, when he leaves, better pray...

 --Jonathan Urbach, 7/20/11

Survival curves can make anyone glum,
But thanks to Gang, they now can be fun!
He can cast codes like a spell
To save us pain in Excel,
So we can have pretty figures in Prism.

Gang knows his CS by training,
And is extremely good at his feigning
To be a chill guy—
(But it’s a terrible lie!),
As you’ll learn after some of my explaining.

For as he tucks young Amy into bed,
He realizes something: “Time for piano!” Gang said.
So to avoid any flack,
She’ll play 10 pieces back-to-back.
So watch out, he’s a Tiger DAD!

 --Grace Yuen, 7/20/11

You've got data analyses to do,
And you need to write a program or two.
Don't try to hack,
'Cause Gang has the knack.
That's why he's a coding guru.

 --Brent Cezairilyan, 7/20/11


Nicole Mammarella

The goal of Nicole was to foster
A smooth running lab – and we toast her.
She demanded compliance
And discouraged defiance,
And now we are sad that we’ve lost her.

French beans are Nicole’s favorite treat,
A veggie that’s sure hard to beat.
She showed peroxidases rule--
You won’t learn that in school--
And oxidases take a back seat.

R.O.S. is what plants use to fight
The bad guys that stealthily alight,
But Nicole changed her plans
To the joy of her fans,
And her future in I.P. is bright.

Nicole’s future in law firms will bloom;
Patent filings and I.P. now loom.
Wearing suits and high heels
Filing briefs and appeals,
Watch out, or she’ll lower the boom!

 --Fred Ausubel (a.k.a. Useful Beard), 1/24/11

There once was a girl named Nicole.
Chemical safety was her role:
Bottles in the bin
With clear labelin’,
A clean and safe hood was her goal.

Nicole had in charge radiation;
She fills forms, no hesitation.
She looked on my bench,
"Where’s the badge of that French?!
"Such a mess will cost him salvation!"

Nicole has a passion for knitting
That she likes to couple with stitching.
Needles would fly
As time would pass by
While she and her friends are bitching.

Nicole works on peroxidase,
Whose role in defense is a haze.
ROS dispersed
In Oxidative burst.
It creates infection delays.

Nicole M. is an early bird.
8 in the lab is standard
After I stepped out of bed,
While toasting my bread,
Bacteria are being numbered.

 --Yves Millet, 1/24/11

Nicole had some mean frontier skills.
Wild Alaska and Maine gave her thrills.
She could spin her own yarn
From that sheep in the barn,
And then knit herself beautiful frills.

A frontierswoman with all her wits,
Nikki kayaks, ice-fishes and knits.
Now she's leaving the lab
For a job twice as fab,
Where she'll need patience, hard work and grit.

 --Pauline Lim, 1/24/11

Nicole studied a line called H4,
Suppressed of peroxidases galore.
Using that French bean trick
Her plants got sick quick,
And SA could save them no more.

 --Brent Cezairliyan (a.k.a. Bizarrely Ancient), 1/24/11

We hear Nicole has a new employer.
It seems she will soon become a lawyer.
She won't work with plants,
Or have to write grants,
But she will be a great legal warrior.

 --Natasha Kirienko, 1/24/11

There was a girl named Nicole
Who was in a total control
Of the Ausubel lab movement
For its improvement,
But then Nicole set a higher goal.

Nicole got her doctorate degree
On peroxidases - a major key
Of a plant defense
Which of course makes sense,
But now she is a law-firm appointee

 --Slavica Djonovic, 1/24/11

A French Bean cDNA was Nicole's ace
To knock down Arabidopsis peroxidase.
Callose deposition and Flg22 response were unaffected,
But sensitivity to fungi and P. syringae was detected,
And coronatine's advantage was erased.

 --Jonathan Urbach, 1/24/11


Javier Irazoqui

He was a young student of yeast
Who found a more glorious beast
Round worms are his love
And with Staph he gets tough
When it’s trying to feast on his beast.

Staph turns worms sick and into a mess
The hunt’s on for pathways to convalesce
The genes egl and bar
Made Javier a star
For his own lab we wish him success in excess!

 --Christine Kocks, 12/12/09

Javier studied worm defense
And his expertise was immense
His insight on bar1 was great,
Signalling independent of p38
A new trick for an old pathway in C. elegans.

 --Jonathan Urbach, 12/12/09


Noah Whiteman

There was a young man from the west
To mine forests was his quest
He left no leaf unturned
And all those leafminers churned
Now he moves on to the desert – who would have guessed?

 --Christine Kocks, 12/12/09

Noah studied leaf-boring flies, a
Drosophilia named Scaptomyza
The flies' eggs they placed
In leaves with the most mustardy taste
Giving Noah data to analyze-a.

 --Jonathan Urbach, 12/12/09

Attention Model organisms! Please stop and take notice!
Especially you Thale Cress, Leaf Miners, and Pseudomonas!
How you employ your defenses,
Noah is trying to make sense of!
Using natural history, molecular biology, and genomics.

 --Jenifer Bush, 12/12/09


Wisuwat "Fu" Songnuan

Once a teen from Thailand arrive-end;
Twelve years pass, and how she thrive-end.
A Ph.D. was got
By one named "Wisuwat",
Who returns as Professor of Science.

Smarts and hard work-- she never lacked.
Some projects don't work-- that's just fact.
To know when to stop and start another one
Is a lesson that Fu would wish on none,
Yet discoveries don't come from only one track.

 --Jen Bush, 7/7/09

There was a grad student named Fu,
Who took a genomic view:
By analyzing microarrays
In many different ways,
She found many things new to be true.

 --Brent Cezairliyan, 7/7/09

Fu found defense gene expression in roots,
Is decidedly different from shoots;
In shoots, showed her arrays,
SA induces peroxidase,
And ABC transporters to boot!

--Jonathan Urbach, 7/7/09

There once was a researcher named Fu
Who like me is beginning anew.
So between our two nations
Let's start collaborations.
In advance, khapkkun kha and thank you.

 --Allison Adonizio, 7/7/09

Fu was a bright, charming Thai girl,
So I'm sad that she's now a Goodbye Girl.
She's trading the John Hancock
For a new gig in Bangkok,
But in my mind, she'll always be My Girl.

 --Pauline Lim, 7/7/09

Fu once contended with Vivanco and metabolomics
Until she mined gold with Affymetrix, MAMPs, and genomics.
She collected root exudates
And grew roots on vertical plates.
Now she’s homeward-bound with a Ph.D. for her heroics.

 --Nicole Clay, 7/7/09

Jennifer Powell        

She has so many talents and gifts:
Teaching science, researching "fsh"* ;
Bakes better than anyone--
How very lucky for her new son,
Who will grow on all of this. 

*i.e., FSH1

 --Jen Bush, 7/7/09

It was Jennifer Powell's wish
To study a receptor called FSH ("fish").
She did lots of genetics
And killing kinetics
With worms crawling 'round in a dish.

 --Brent Cezairliyan, 7/7/09

Jen studied FSHR-1 in worms
Required for innate immunity, she learned.
Though double mutants did abound,
No epistasis was found,
And a pathway parallel to p38 confirmed.

 --Jonathan Urbach, 7/7/09

To Jen Powell, my former baymate:
In your science you truly are great,
So I wish you the best,
Moving slightly southwest
To the beautiful Keystone State.

 --Allison Adonizio, 7/7/09

Jen made incredible cakes
That gave this dessert addict "the shakes".
With amazing control
She made roses and scrolls
So exquisite, it made your heart break.

 --Pauline Lim, 7/7/09

There once was a fair, soft-spoken gal named Jen Powell,
Who did slow-kill assays on sterile worms very well.
Although she resembles the first Queen Elizabeth,
She is a mom working on the genetics of FSH
And now is a professor whom we wish, “Fare thee well!”

 --Nicole Clay, 7/7/09

Allison Adonizio

It is a very special circumstance:
Off to Belize to study medicinal plants.
Alli is most ready
To trade microscope for machete.
Who wouldn't jump at that chance?!

 --Jen Bush, 7/7/09

Alli's image-based immune modulator screen,
Had C. elegans reporters in green;
With Pseudomonas, cherry red,
And blue worms that were dead,
Every image was a marvelous scene!

 --Jonathan Urbach, 7/7/09

Thanks to a quirky rich guy,
She'll go to the tropics and try
To find plants exotic,
Mix up a tonic,
And see if her worms will still die.

 --Brent Cezairliyan, 7/7/09

Alli was a lab malcontent.
At grant deadlines, she'd chafe and lament.
So she fled to Belize
And found relief in the trees
And the life for which she was meant.

--Pauline Lim, 7/7/09

For all three (Jen, Fu and Alli)

There were three young ladies – so bright,
Their intellects shining white light.
Fu, Alli and Jen,
Who could not be a fan?
Your departure brings darkness and plight!

--Christine Kocks, 7/7/09

Emily Troemel

There was a young lady with a passion 
Who turned worm hunting into a fashion
All over the place
At very fast pace
She collected worms that were smashin’.

There soon was a problem: too many worms
The husband called for conditions and terms
She ruled out execution
Found a better solution
And infected her worms with germs.

The sight of sick worms was hard to endure
The lady went far in search of a cure.
Her husband took pity
And both left our city -
The worms - be sure - never lose their lure!

--Christine Kocks, 10/3/08. Note: English is Christine's second language-- kudos, Christine!

Her focus as sharp as a laser,
Her intellect keen as a razor,
On a job search so hellish
One need not embellish,
Emily did not let challenges faze her.

Her credentials are truly stellar,
And she married the nicest feller.
Emily and John,
We’ll be sad when you’re gone
But I’m sure you won’t miss your umbreller.

I will miss riding bikes with you two;
Your high spirits carried me through
The long trip to the Cape--
We got whipped into shape,
Then ate brunch til our faces were blue.

--Pauline Lim, 10/3/08

Miss Emily’s a woman quite green,
Working on microbes most often unseen,
But in the Lab of the Troemel
The competition she’ll pummel;
From knowing her much better I’ve been.

 --Sean Curran, 10/3/08

There are some who might be embarrassed
And others who might find it garish:
The discovery of the germ
Naturally killing the worm
Comes from a compost pit in Paris.

Patience is a necessary trait,
Perseverence when obstacles are great.
It is Emily’s style
To continue on and smile:
Fall down seven times, stand up eight.

 --Jen Bush, 10/3/08

For the Ausubel Lab

This lab is a very fine crew,
Led by Fred, our hallowed guru.
He has a wise owlish stare
And not a lab bench to spare--
The thought of leaving you guys makes me blue.

--Emily Troemel, 10/3/08

Dan Lee

Dan Lee was our IT support,
Responding to pleas of all sort:
"My Mac won't reboot!"
He fixed all our loot,
And without him disaster we court.

IT was Dan Lee's forte;
He fixed our computers all day.
He'd come up with a smile
Thinking all the while,
"I wish it would all go away." 

There once was a trio of guys
Who oft dined on whoppers and fries.
Dan, Andrew and Fu
Ate a burger or two,
But it never did go to their thighs.

--Emily Troemel 

Andrew Diener 

Andrew Diener a fungus explores
Though he talks much, he's never a bore,
But if he stops by your scope,
You have not a hope
To ever get rid of the spores.

Our Andrew will go to LA,
A land where the Red Sox don't play.
He'll go slightly mad
And be ever so sad,
Missing the games at Fenway. 

--Emily Troemel 

Nicole Liberati-Moore

Nikki is a real go-getter;
She is the world's fastest pipettor.
She makes a library
So fast that it's scary,
And each one gets better and better.

Nikki made libraries and smiled;
Despite problems, she never got riled.
Many copies she made
And sent them away,
Even though the bastards didn't appreciate them.

--Emily Troemel 

Sachiko Miyata

Sachiko's been studying resistance
With dedication and lots of persistence.
When she'd get in a rut,
She'd cry out with, "Whaaaat"?
But then solve her problem with little assistance.

Sachiko-san gambarimashta
Haka-segou yoku dekimashta
Raigetsu yasumimasu
Omedeto gozaimasu

--Emily Troemel, 9/29/07

Terence Moy

Terry Moy searched for anti-infectives;
From his boss he would take his directives.
Many compounds he screened
Tho' his bench wasn't cleaned,
But he easily reached his objectives.

Terry Moy drove a very fast car
And played hockey and was a big star.
We hope those concussions
Won't have repercussions;
Now at Cubist we're sure he'll go far.

--Emily Troemel 

A certain young Dr. Moy,
Whom I'm sure I must sometimes annoy,
Moves on to great things;
The future will bring
Lots of expensive new toys.

Our friend, the good Terry Moy,
Whose sweet demeanor you cannot destroy,
Has designs to leave us--
It cannot but grieve us!--
For his kind presence is one we enjoy.

--Pauline Lim