Our lab has published a study showing that CD47 protects synapses from elimination by microglia during development. You can read more about the work here. Congratulations to Emily and everyone else who worked on the study!
Soyon Hong has left the Stevens lab for UCL, where she is starting her own lab. We’ll miss Soyon, but we’re looking forward to seeing all of her exciting future research. Read more about her new lab here.
Daisy Robinton just started her post doc in our lab, after working with George Daley (also at Harvard/Boston Children’s Hospital) for her PhD. Welcome to the lab Daisy!
Nicole Scott-Hewitt started a post doc in our lab this January. Welcome to the lab Nicole!
Beth, Dr. Mike Carroll (HMS/BCH) and Dr. Steve McCarroll (HMS) together received the 2016 Scientific Research Award of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Congratulations Beth, Mike and Steve!
Hear about Beth’s work in this interview with IMHRO Brain Waves.
Summer fun in Westport, MA!
Our lab has published a study indicating that the classical complement cascade promotes early synapse loss in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease. Congratulations to Soyon Hong and everyone else in the lab who participated in this exciting work!
Our lab has co-authored a study together with the McCarroll and Carroll labs (at HMS and BCH, respectively) suggesting a link between schizophrenia, complement, and aberrant synaptic pruning. Congratulations to everyone who contributed to this work!
Or maybe the best MacArthur award celebration is dinner and karaoke?
Sushi: the best way to celebrate a MacArthur award!
We’re proud to announce that Beth is a 2015 MacArthur fellow! According to the MacArthur Foundation website, these fellowships are awarded to “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. There are three criteria for selection of Fellows: exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment, and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work”. Congratulations Beth!
See the MacArthur Foundation’s summary of Beth’s work here.
Read about the other 2015 fellows here.
Dori Schafer, founding member of the Stevens lab, has moved to UMass Medical School to start her own lab. There she will be continuing the work on the roles of neuron-glia interactions in synaptic development and plasticity that she pioneered while in the Stevens lab. We will miss her, but wish her the best of luck for the future! Here is more information about her lab at UMass: http://profiles.umassmed.edu/Profiles/display/11500747
Our student Bianca Nfonoyim was awarded the 2015 Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize for her undergraduate research on the role of microglia and complement in Alzheimer’s Disease. Congratulations Bianca!
Congratulations to our excellent students Cheta Emba, Christopher Gordon, and Bianca Nfonoyim, who just received their bachelor’s degrees from Harvard. Best of luck for the future!
Congratulations to Jenelle who passed her qualifying exams with flying colors!
The Stevens Lab is excited to announce a new publication by Dori Schafer, Emily Lehrman, Chris Heller, and Beth Stevens. In “An engulfment assay: a protocol to assess interactions between CNS phagocytes and neurons“, published in JoVE, the authors explain how to perform the microglia engulfment assay developed in the lab. Click the link to see the video and read the protocol!