News

  • August 2016 – The PNAS paper on how the RPE protects itself from complement attack is published!
  • August 2016 – Kim is onto a new adventure with Zeiss Microscopy after 5 years in the lab as a post-doctoral associate and an assistant scientist.  Congratulations and all the best, Kim!
  • July 2016 – The popular press takes note of Li Xuan’s PNAS paper: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/uow-mdi071516.php  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3695795/Leading-cause-blindness-elderly-cured-anti-depressants-sale.html
  • July 2016 – Gulpreet Kaur from the CMB graduate program joins the lab.  Welcome, Gul!
  • June 2016 – Li Xuan’s PNAS paper is accepted!!
  • April 2106 – Girijha Rathnasamy from the National University of Singapore joins the lab as a post-doctoral associate.  Welcome, Girijha!
  • March 2016 – Kim’s Retinal Research All-Stars wins the Cycle for Sight fundraiser for MERI!
  • March 2016 – Aparna speaks at the Ophthalmology Grand Rounds.  “Repurposing FDA-approved drugs to treat macular degenerations.”
  • January 2016 – The AEMB paper on apolipoprotein E isoforms in AMD is now online!
  • December 2015 – Aparna speaks at the MERI Research Seminar Series.  “Acid sphingomyelinase inhibitors to treat macular degenerations.”
  • October 2015 – Li Xuan wins the MERI Research Day poster award!
  • October 2015 – Lab dinner at Pasqual’s – there’s much to celebrate – new people, new grants and new ideas!
  • October 2015 – Aparna speaks at the Class of 1965 Reunion.  “Healthy vision for a lifetime.”
  • September 2015 – Li Xuan wins the Vilas Travel Award for a dissertator to attend the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) annual meeting in Seattle!
  • August 2015 – Nilsa La Cunza joins the lab as a Research Intern.  Welcome, Nilsa!
  • August 2015 – Aparna and Kim speak at the Midwest Eye Research Symposium.  Kim wins the Best Presentation Award!!  “The garbage catastrophe in the retinal pigment epithelium.” and “Complex anomalies in late endosome and lysosome trafficking in stressed RPE cells
  • July 2015 – Our NIH R01 application is funded for five years!
  • July 2015 – Colin Germer joins the lab as a Research Intern.  Welcome, Colin!
  • July 2015 – Our grant application to the Macular Society UK is funded for three years! Their first ever award outside the United Kingdom!
  • June 2015 – Sara Amirahmadi joins the lab as a Research Specialist.  Welcome, Sara!
  • June 2015 – Aparna is an invited speaker at the FASEB Summer Conference on the Biology and Chemistry of Vision. “Organelle biogenesis and trafficking in the RPE”
  • June 2015 – Aparna receives the Rebecca Meyer Brown Professorship from the McPherson Eye Research Institute and the Retina Research Foundation for an additional three years.
  • May 2015 – Li Xuan passes her prelim exam and becomes a dissertator!  Well done, Li Xuan!!
  • May 2015 – Aparna receives the The Charlotte and Alexander Danilevsky Memorial Award from the BrightFocus Foundation at their ARVO breakfast.
  • April 2015 – Aparna speaks at the Ophthalmology Grand Rounds.  “Can exosomes released by the retinal pigment epithelium contribute to sub-retinal drusen?”
  • April 2015 – Aparna speaks at the Spring Vision Research Symposium.  “Reuse, retain and restore: From cell biology to therapy for macular degeneration.”
  • March 2015 – The Lakkaraju lab is featured in the Andor newsletter.
  • March 2015 – Kim wins the Walsh Travel Award from the McPherson Eye Research Institute to attend the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) annual meeting in Denver!
  • March 2015 – Kim’s Retinal Research All-Stars wins the Cycle for Sight fundraiser for MERI!
  • March 2015 – Aparna speaks at the MERI-at-a-glance symposium.  “The three princes of Serendip: on the road to drug discovery for age-related macular degeneration.”
  • March 2015 – Our BrightFocus Foundation grant application for macular degeneration research is funded!
  • February 2015 – Our NIH R01 application is scored well by the Biology of the Visual System study section.  Since everyone else is on vacation, Kim and Aparna celebrate with a few piscoritas!
  • February 2015 – Aparna speaks at the Université de Montréal Centre de recherche de l’Hopital Maisonneuve-Rosemont.  “Stuck in traffic: how organelle dynamics modulate inflammation in the retinal pigment epithelium.”
  • February 2015 – The first RPE Cell Biology retreat takes place at Joshua Tree.
  • January 2015 – Our Molecular Biology of the Cell paper is in press!
  • December 2014 – The Wisconsin Partnership Program awards us a New Investigator grant to identify FDA-approved drugs that can be repurposed for age-related macular degeneration.
  • December 2014 – Drs. Gamm, Eells and Lakkaraju are awarded an Research to Prevent Blindness Catalyst award to develop stem cell therapies forage-related macular degeneration.
  • September 2014 – We are awarded one of two grants from the James Christenson Estate Macular Degeneration Research Fund!
  • July 2014 – International Society of Eye Research Annual Meeting in San Francisco.  Aparna co-chairs the RPE Cell Biology session and is an invited speaker. “Reduce, reuse, recycle: mechanisms of cellular clearance in the RPE.”
  • June 2014 – Kim is awarded a National Eye Institute travel award to attend the Retinal Degeneration Symposium in Asilomar!
  • June 2014 – Aparna speaks at the MiniMedical School “Your Vision in Finer Focus” event.  “Live imaging lights the way to novel therapies for age-related macular degeneration.”
  • April 2014 – Our Methods in Eye Research paper is accepted by Experimental Eye Research!
  • March 2014 – Li Xuan wins the Walsh Travel Award from the McPherson Eye Research Institute to attend the American Society of Cell Biology Annual Meeting!
  • March 2014 – The Schuette-Kraemer family gives a generous gift to support the spinning disc/TIRF microscopy system that is administered by the Lakkaraju lab.
  • January 2014 – The AEMB paper on how cells cope with complement attack is now online!
  • December 2013 – Aparna speaks at the Ophthalmology Grand Rounds.  “Unclogging the garbage disposal in the retinal pigment epithelium”
  • November 2013 – We are awarded a grant from the Reeves Foundation for Macular Degeneration Research!
  • September 2013 – Aparna speaks at the National Eye Institute: “The garbage catastrophe in the retinal pigment epithelium.”
  • July 2013 – Summer lab party on one of the coldest July days ever! Whatever happened to our Indian Summer?
  • July 2013 – Toops and Lakkaraju addendum in Commun Integr Biol is online.
  • June 2013 – Our American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) grant application is funded!
  • June 2013 – Charles is awarded a Fight for Sight Summer Fellowship!
  • June 2013 – Jin leaves for her residency program in Pathology at UW-Madison and Max is off to Optometry School in Memphis. Our first lab alumni!

 

  • March 2013 – The Lakkaraju lab relocates after the major fire in the Medical Sciences Center. Many thanks to all the kind, thoughtful folks who pitched in with the cleaning, moving and reorganizing!
  • January 2013 – Aparna is invited to speak at the Aravind Eye Institute in Madurai, India. “Insight into the cell biology of age-related macular degeneration.”
  • January 2013 – Li Xuan Tan, our first PhD student, joins the lab. Welcome, Li Xuan!
  • December 2012 – Xu et al J Cell Science paper is in print and is featured in the journal’s “In this issue” write-up.
  • September 2012 – Aparna speaks at the Ophthalmology Grand Rounds. “Apolipoprotein E in the retina: a riddle wrapped in an enigma?”
  • July 2012 – Kim wins a best presentation award at the Midwest Eye Research Symposium!
  • May 2012 – Aparna is named the Retina Research Foundation Rebecca Meyer Brown Professor.
  • May 2012 – Aparna is an invited speaker at the Diagnostic Applications of Exosomes meeting in London. “Polarized secretion of exosomes by epithelial cells in health and disease.”
  • March 2012 – Aparna speaks at the Lions Club Regional Conference.  “Age-related macular degeneration: How genes and lifestyle choices affect our vision.”
  • December 2011 – Winter lab party is a success!
  • November 2011 – The Andor Revolution XD spinning disk/TIRF microscope is fully functional!
  • October 2011 – Kimberly A. Toops joins the lab as a post-doctoral associate. Welcome, Kim!
  • September 2011 – Aparna speaks at the Eye Research Institute Capital Campaign.  “Insights into age-related macular degeneration.”
  • September 2011 – The Reeves Foundation grant for partial support of the microscope is funded!
  • August 2011 – Aparna speaks at the Madison Central Lions Club.  “Age-related macular degeneration: from cells to prevention and potential cures.”
  • July 2011 – Aparna speaks at the Midwest Eye Research Symposium.  “Function and regulation of HDL-modulating proteins apolipoprotein E, hepatic lipase and lipoprotein lipase in the retinal pigment epithelium.”
  • June 2011 – Aparna speaks at the Wednesday nite @ the lab.  “Eyeing cells to understand age-related macular degeneration.”
  • April 2011 – Aparna speaks at the Ophthalmology Grand Rounds.  “Is cholesterol a culprit in age-related macular degeneration?”
  • April 2011 – Aparna speaks at the Women’s Health Series Initiative.  “Seeing clearly: exploring age-related macular degeneration.”
  • March 2011 – Aparna is invited to speak at the Distinguished Lecturer Series at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA.  “Cholesterol homeostasis and organelle dynamics in RPE health and disease.”
  • January 2011 – Aparna is invited to speak at the International Workshop on Exosomes in Paris. Polarized exocytosis of late endosomes and lysosomes in epithelial cells.”
  • October 2010 – Jin Xu joins the lab as an associate research specialist. Welcome, Jin!
  • August 2010 – Aparna speaks at the Vision for the Future event. “A story of cholesterol storage, faulty garbage disposal and vision loss.”

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