Mandy publishes a paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B!

Mandy has been diligently studying leg patterning since she joined the Smith Lab. Her research has been very well received at several scientific conferences where she presented it. In fact, she won several presentation awards for her research. Now, we’re pleased to report that her research has been published. Pretty …

Cool tardigrade embryo

Mandy produced a very cool image of a tardigrade embryo on our confocal microscope, just using autofluorescence. This tiny embryo is only 50 microns in length. The head is at the top and it’s facing to the right. It’s curled up into a “C” shape. You can see the little …

Paula graduates!

The Smith Lab’s very first REU student, Paula Nolte, graduated from Hope college!! She plans to work in the field of Microbiology for a bit, before applying to graduate school to study Microbiology in more depth. Paula did an excellent job studying tardigrade embryos during her time in The Smith …

Mandy and Raul present their research at the 2020 Southeast SACNAS regional meeting!

They both did fantastic jobs presenting posters at the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) meeting in Gainesville. Mandy, Raul, and Frank had a great time talking to students and faculty from many institutions that were in attendance, and learned about some very exciting …

Frank receives an NSF grant!!

This grant will fund Frank’s NSF proposal RUI: Investigating tardigrade development to unravel the evolution of animal body plans. It provides three years of funding. The funding will open up many research opportunities for undergraduate students at UNF, and undergrads that visit the Smith Lab over the summer through the REU …