Lab News

Congratulations to graduate student award winners Anju and Meghan!

August 27, 2020

Congratulations to Anju Manandhar who was the recipient of the Harvard Center for Biological Imaging Simmons Award for her project, "Structural mechanism of stomatal movement (How do leaves have pores that open and close?)!"

Congratulations also to Meghan Blumstein who was awarded an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology: National Plant Genome Initiative (NPGI), “Untangling the environmental and genetic drivers of phenological timing in red oak (Quercus rubra) to improve climate predictions!"

Way to go, Anju and Meghan!

#ShutDownSTEM and #ShutDownAcademia initiatives

June 10, 2020

The Holbrook lab participated in the #ShutDownSTEM and #ShutDownAcademia initiatives on June 10th in support of our friends and colleagues of color.  During this time, we met virtually as a group to discuss systemic racism, its impact in the sciences and academia and to exchange ideas on how to maintain a supportive and inclusive work environment going forward.  As a lab, we value diversity and celebrate the uniqueness of all individuals.  #BlackLivesMatter

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Welcome new lab members!

January 2, 2020
Welcome to new Holbrook Lab members, Yakir Preisler, Anna Sala, and Melissa Mai!  We're excited to have them join us!

Missy Holbrook to lead Harvard Alumni Association trip to Cairo, Egypt from Dec. 27th to Jan. 5th

December 27, 2019

Prof. Missy Holbrook will be leading a trip to Cairo, Egypt on behalf of Harvard's Alumni Association from Dec. 27- Jan. 5, 2020.  The trip, known as "A Family Adventure: Egypt & the Nile" will include a tour of one of Giza’s Great Pyramids, a view of the Sphinx up close, and a visit to Luxor’s temples.  In Luxor, travelers will board the intimate Sanctuary Nile Adventurer for a four-night cruise to...

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Joyce G. Chery

Joyce Chery to give HUH Seminar on Nov. 5th

November 5, 2019
Joyce Chery, who is a postdoctoral researcher at Pennsylvania State University, has been invited to give the HUH Seminar on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.  The title of her talk will be, "How do plants climb? Macroevolutionary patterns to fine-scale cell wall dynamics."  As usual, the seminar will be held at noon in the Herbaria Seminar Room, 22 Divinity Ave. in Cambridge.  The Holbrook lab is hosting Joyce and is very excited to hear her talk! Read more about Joyce Chery to give HUH Seminar on Nov. 5th

Holbrook Lab members travel to Padua, Italy for the 4th Xylem International Meeting held Sept. 25-27, 2019

September 25, 2019
Prof. Missy Holbrook, Jessica Gersony and Anju Manandhar of the Holbrook Lab traveled to Padua, Italy for the 4th Xylem International Meeting held September 25-27, 2019.  During the meeting, Jessica, gave a talk entitled, "Carbon export patterns in relation to diurnal and seasonal carbon and water dynamics in red oak leaves." Read more about Holbrook Lab members travel to Padua, Italy for the 4th Xylem International Meeting held Sept. 25-27, 2019

Welcome Zhe!

September 11, 2019
The Holbrook Lab is happy to welcome Zhe He as our newest graduate student.  Zhe's research interests include understanding xylem structures and their roles in plant-water relations, specifically by probing the biochemical structures and mechanical properties of the pit membranes in plant vessels.  We're wishing her a great school year! Read more about Welcome Zhe!