MBL Course Alumni Publish First Paper Together

A "hello!" in Loeb Laboratory from the 2022 participants in the MBL's Summer Program in Neuroscience, Excellence and Success (SPINES). Credit: Diana Kenney

Two graduate students who met at the MBL and became friends and colleagues have combined their expertise to publish their first paper together. Senegal Mabry of Cornell University and Narciso Pavon of University of Massachusetts-Amherst, alumni of the 2022 Summer Program in Neuroscience, Excellence and Success (SPINES), published “Exploring the prospects, advancements, and challenges of in vitro modeling of the heart-brain axis” in Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience this week.

“We have different labs and different science backgrounds,” Mabry said. “Narciso's expertise is in building the next generation of cerebral organoids, and mine is the heart-brain axis and Parkinson's disease.” They thank the SPINES course for connecting them “through an incredible learning opportunity” in the paper's acknowledgements. May their co-discoveries continue!