Cohen Lab


Congratulations Jeff!

Congratulations to Jeff Hansen for a successful defense of his thesis, “A Test of the Pioneer Factor Hypothesis for Silent Gene Activation”. Watch a recording of his defense here. Jeff is an MSTP student and will be returning to the clinic for the final two years of Medical School, so we still hope to see him around!


Papers from the lab

Ryan, Max, Clarice and Jeff all had papers published recently! You can find the links to the papers in the Publications section.

Shown above are cool illustrations that describe Clarice's and Jeff's papers. Can you spot the molecular players in these?

James F30 Success

Congrats James for recieving a F30 award from NEI for the project "Multiplex functional assay of variant effect in the retinal transcription factor CRX".

Second Cohen Research Conference

The second Cohen Research Conference was held September 13-15, 2021 at Lake Geneva, WI. Every conference attendee registered online for the conference and presented a talk. Other activities included communal cooking, board games, swimming and kayaking, a lakeside hike, a meditation session, science talks out on the deck, and more! A strong continuation of CRC tradition. Thanks to Clarice and Jeff, the chief organizers of the conference.

Jeff, Bagel, Beer – Lab Meeting 05/27/2021

Beard scruff

Credit – Jeff Hansen

Details kill – Lab meeting 05/20/2021

No leaves get exact twins
Flow never sees the same drops
Careful! Details kill.

Credit – Yawei Wu

There once were some yeast – Lab Meeting 05/13/2021

There once were some yeast from afar
That simply would not PCR
Boiling, freezing were no use
So they got ground up and juiced
And now show their genetic scars

Credit – Kai Loell

Insulator – Lab meeting 04/01/2021

It hides in black and dark genomic space
Though with enhancers it must intervene
And once called junk by many in old days
It found fame in the chicken globin gene.
The saw cHS4 had magic game
The researchers who found it thus cried out
O insulator thou art not the same
Now with you loops will never be in doubt.
But then one day a graduate student thought
I wonder how you’ll fare in landing pads
Alas her efforts always came to naught
Much time was wasted chasing it in labs.
But stay, be patient, one day you will see
It will be fucking understood by me.

Credit – Clarice Hong

O lentivirus – Lab Meeting 03/11/21

O lentivirus,
Will you please make more cells green,
Wonder what I’ll find.

Credit – Avinash Ramu

A puzzle – Lab meeting 03/04/21

Swapping out k-mers
Elements become too active
Small changes puzzle me

Credit – Mike White