News and Updates

2021 May

  • Our first Sumner Lab gathering in too long was full of Ekiben baos, laughs, drinks, but sadly full of goodbyes. We will miss Will and Jeff so much, but are so excited for their next steps (and the fact that they're not so far away)!

    • Will is heading off for a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania!

    • Jeff is heading off to medical school at University of Pittsburgh!

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Will showing off his Star Wars baking pan

Charlie showing us all what a good boy he is

Jeff modeling his new shirt

2021 April

  • Welcome to the lab, Sophia! Sophia is joining us as an undergraduate from Johns Hopkins.

  • Trisha gave an awesome presentation at the Hopkins DREAMS undergraduate research day! You can see the presentation, here. Great job, Trisha!!

  • Congratulations to Sumner Lab MD/PhD student, Nicholas Zaccor on graduating!! Nick will be moving on to his residency in EnT. Smiles all around!!

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2021 March

  • Check out the latest paper from the TRVP4 side of the lab on TRVP4-RhoA interactions! Congrats to Brett, Erika, Jeremy, Will,  Nick, Alex, and all involved.

    • You can read it, here.

  • We were all sad to say goodbye to one of our of techs, JP, this month but are super excited for his move to San Francisco to join the team at Nura Bio! Good luck, JP!! Thank you for everything you've done for the lab and we will miss having you around!

  • The Sumner Lab is looking for a Research Tech!! Check out the posting, here

2021 February

  • A bittersweet month of goodbyes and hellos in the Sumner Lab.

    • We are so sad to see Bhavya Ravi leave us for a job as a Medical Writer with a contract research organization based in Bethesda, but are super excited to see all that she does!​

    • Welcome to the lab, Joshua Ross! Joshua is joining us as the newest Sumner Lab technician after finishing his Master's at Morgan State.

    • Jonathan Alevy is joining us for a rotation in the Neuroscience PhD program. Welcome, Jonathan!

  • Congrats to Jeff for presenting a poster on Neuregulin1-III at the ASENT2021 virtual conference! ​

  • The Sumner Lab is looking for a Postdoc!! Check out the posting, here.

  • You can now check out the Sumner Lab on Twitter! @sumnerlab 

2021 January

  • New year means new papers AND new members!!

    • Wooow take a look at who is one of three featured papers in Science Translational Medicine this month! Congrats to Lingling and all the other lab members (David, Cera, Dan, Jae Hong, Celeste, and Chloe) on it!

      • You can read this behemouth of a paper, here.

  • Also, check out some new work from Dan Ramos: "The GENDULF algorithm: mining transcriptomics to uncover modifier genes for monogenic diseases."

    • You can read it, here.

  • Lastly, check out this latest review from Bhavya and Michelle: "Gene-Targeting Therapeutics for Neurological Disease: Lessons Learned from Spinal Muscular Atrophy."

    • You can read it, here.

  • Welcome to the lab, Annie Cao and Amy Mistri! Annie and Amy are joining us as undergraduate researchers from Johns Hopkins.

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2020 November

  • Congrats to Trisha Parayil on receiving the PURA Award! 

    • ​The Provost’s Undergraduate Research Award was created to support and encourage Hopkins undergraduate students to engage in independent research, scholarly and creative projects.

    • Check out the announcement, here.

2020 October

  • Biggest Congratulations to Will and his wife Laura on their newest addition to their family!! We all cannot wait to meet baby Nathan!!

  • Julia Johansson, a CMM PhD student, has joined us for a rotation! Welcome, Julia!

  • Phew! Congrats to Anna and Michelle for passing their qualifying exams!! 

2020 September

  • We have a new hire- We're thrilled to welcome Patrice Carr to the lab who has ​about 40 years of experience in the neurosciences between JHSOM and KKI. Welcome, Patrice!

2020 August

  • We have two new students in the lab- Welcome to both!

    • Stephen Brown is joining us as a rotation student for the summer and fall as a PhD student from the Pathobiology program. 

    • Trisha Parayil is joining us as an undergraduate researcher from Johns Hopkins.

2020 July

  • The lab had a social-distanced gathering in Patterson Park to say goodbye to Dan, Pam, and Alex. We ate some delicious Ekiben and had a friendly badminton compeition. We wish you all the best, and hope to see you in the near future!

2020 June

  • Even though the 24th annual CureSMA conference was held virtually this year, we still had an amazing time learning about all the new research being done in SMA.

    • Congratulations to Jeffrey Petigrow, who gave a short talk titled, ​"Impact of neuregulin 1 type III overexpression on motor axon development in SMA model mice."

  • In case you missed it, check out this article from the spring 2020 issue of Hopkins Children's magazine feature Charlotte and Tom Crawford.

2020 May

  • It's graduation season here at Hopkins! A huge congratulations to:

    • Dan Ramos for finishing his PhD​ in Neuroscience and is off to do his post-doc at NIH with Michael Ward as part of the iNDI (iPSC Neurodegeneration Initiative) team. 

    • Jae Hong Park for ​​​finishing his Masters in Biotechnology 

    • Scotty McGaugh for finishing his BS in Biophysics and receiving the Bronk Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Biophysics

  • Pamela, Alex, & Scotty are ALL going to med school!! Congrats to them all, and while we're sad they're leaving we cannot be more excited for their journey ahead.

    • Pamela Saavedra will be attending University of Miami in Florida.

    • Alex Lau will be attending at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut

    • Scotty McGaugh will be attending University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville on the Dean's Preeminence Scholarship

  • Welcome to the lab, Anna Bagnell! 

    • Anna has decided to join the lab as a CMM PhD student where she will study TRPV4 and BBB interactions. We're very excited to have you!

2020 Feb​ruary

  • Congrats to Jeremy for his new paper out in the Journal of Clinical Investigations this month! You can read "Dominant mutations of the Notch ligand Jagged1 cause peripheral neuropathy," here.

  • Dan gave an awesome public PhD defense for the Neuroscience Department and we all got to meet his wonderful family over Ekiben and champagne. Congrats, Dan!

2020 January

  • Some of the lab and their families had a great time at Alma Cocina in Canton celebrating the New Year!

    • Thank you, Charlotte for a delicious dinner and thank you, Jeff for organizing!​

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2019 December

  • Woohoo! Congratulations to Daniel Ramos for successfully defending his PhD thesis and officially becoming Dr. Dan!

    • We all are looking forward to the public defense this spring!

  • Scotty McGaugh, one of our undergraduate​​ research assistants, gave a Message of Appreciation at the Annual Luncheon for Hodson Trust Scholars. It was moving and well-spoken! We're so proud of you, Scotty!

  • Some of the lab had a great time at the annual holiday gift exchange with the other labs in Rangos! Some gifts were more sought after than others, but we all had a great time eating and laughing with our lab neighbors. Happy holidays!!

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2019 November

  • Congratulations to Daniel Ramos and the rest of lab for publishing "Age-dependent SMN expression in disease-relevant tissue and implications for SMA treatment" in the Journal of Clinical Investigations!​

    • You can read the paper, here.

2019 October

  • Welcome to the family! Dan and his wife Divya welcome a new pup, Charlie, to their home. His favorite activities include chewing on things and eating peanut butter.

2019 September

  • Nothing says Baltimore summer like blue crabs! The lab got to celebrate the end of summer cracking some delicious crabs and consumed enough salt for the next week.

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2019 August

  • Although we are super sad that Cera is leaving us, we are so excited to see what incredible research she accomplishes during her PhD at the University of Washington! We loved having you in lab and learned so much from you, Cera!

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2019 June

  • The SMA side of the lab had a great time in Anaheim, CA at the 23rd annual CureSMA conference! It's always exciting to learn about the most recent advancements in SMA research from both the basic science and pharmaceutical side. The nice weather doesn't hurt as well.

    • Dan, LingLing, and Charlotte all gave great presentations!​

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