December Lab Spotlight – Raben Lab

Lab Stats

PI Name: Dan Raben

Number of Years in BCMB: 26
Model System(s): mammalian cell culture, in vivo mouse/rat brains
Research Area: Physiological roles of signaling lipids and the enzymes that generate them.

Dan Raben, in his office.

Dan Raben, in his office.

Lab Personnel:
Hana Goldschmidt – PhD Candidate, BCMB program
Becky Tu-Sekine, PhD – Research Associate (Former BCMB Student)
Elizabeth Petro – PhD Candidate, Biological Chemistry program

BCMB News (BN):  So, you’re a smaller lab.

Hana Goldschmidt (HG):  Why do you have a small lab, Dan?

Dan Raben (DR):  Well, the most people I’ve ever had in my lab at one time was six, and that’s pretty high for me.  If it gets too big I feel like I’m losing track of what people are doing and I can’t talk to everybody.  I like being able to talk to everybody whenever they want to talk.

HG:  I can talk to Dan every day.  It’s like a small little family!

BN:  Do you do any lab activities together?

DR:  We go to Christmas dinner together.

The Raben Lab at their 2011 Christmas Dinner.  Hana Goldschmidt (2nd from left), Dan Raben (center), Becky Tu-Sekine (next to Dan), and Elizabeth Petro (2nd from right).

The Raben Lab at their 2011 Christmas Dinner. Hana Goldschmidt (2nd from left), Dan Raben (center), Becky Tu-Sekine (next to Dan), and Elizabeth Petro (2nd from right).

HG:  And we go to the [Biological Chemistry] happy hour as a lab!

DR:  Every week we go to happy hour.

BN:  So, Hana presented some work on DGK theta at the BCMB retreat in October – is that what you’re focusing on now?

DR:  Yes.  We’re starting to do some in vivo work in mouse and rat brains.

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