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.
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.
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.