Undergraduate Gabi Mukai graduated this spring with her BS in Animal Science. Gabi joined the lab during her first year at UCD and was an active undergrad researcher in our lab for the past 4 years. Gabi worked on many different research projects during her time in the lab and conducted a few studies on inducible stress tolerance in juvenile Chinook salmon herself. Her research experience culminated in her senior honor’s thesis on inducible hypoxia tolerance in salmon fry which was supported by the Provost’s Undergraduate Fellowship . We will miss Gabi in the lab, but wish her the best as she begins her PhD at the University of Hawaii Manoa this fall!
Graduate student Michaiah Leal completed her PhD this spring and gave an excellent exit seminar via Zoom last week. In her five years in the lab Michaiah has led four studies on the physiological differences between triploid and diploid white sturgeon. During that time she developed new laboratory protocols for studying cellular stress, mentored undergraduates and fellow graduate students, collaborated on additional sturgeon projects, taught numerous classes as a teaching assistant, and developed an impressive publication record. Michaiah will be missed in the lab, but we wish the best of luck to the future Professor Leal. Congratulations Michaiah!