Schnitzler Lab News

Schnitzler Lab and collaborators publish the Hydractinia genome paper

Hydractinia symbiolongicarpus adult feeding polyp detached from the colony

This paper represents the result of a large-scale international collaborative effort to sequence the genomes of two species of the model hydroid, Hydractinia and perform comparative analysis to place these genomes in a comparative evolutionary framework with other cnidarians and other animals. Read More


Schnitzler Lab Welcomes Dr. Zac Lane

Lane, Zac

Please welcome Dr. Zac Lane to the Whitney Laboratory!  He recently joined the Schnitzler Lab as a Postdoctoral Associate.  Read More


Schnitzler Lab welcomes Nina Mangor

Mangor, Nina

Please welcome Nina Mangor to the Whitney Lab! Nina joins the  lab as a Laboratory Technician where her main tasks involve regular animal husbandry of the marine invertebrate organism of study known as Hydractinia. Read More


Dr. Barbara Anne Battelle Excellence in Scientific Communication Spring Awards

Student Accepting award with faculty member

Congratulations to the spring semester recipients of the Dr. Barbara Anne Battelle Excellence in Scientific Communication Award - Justin Waletich, Schnitzler Lab Ph.D. Student, and Dr. Annika Jagels, Loesgen Lab past Postdoctoral Research Associate. Read More


Bailey-Niblett Family Endowment helps fund trip to RNA Symposium at UF Scripps Institute

Two men taking a photo behind a backdrop with UF logos

This January the Bailey-Niblett Family Endowment helped fund a Whitney Postdoctoral Research Associate's trip to the symposium “RNA: From Biology to Drug Discovery” held at The Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation & Technology. Read More


Justin Waletich and Jingwei Song win best poster awards at the Florida Genetics Symposium

Group of people holding their awards for best posters at the UFGI Symposium

Congratulations to Whitney Laboratory Ph.D. student Justin Waletich and postdoctoral research associate Jingwei Song, Ph.D. from the Schnitzler Lab as well as the rest of the recipients for their awards for best posters at the 2022 Florida Genetics Symposium. Read More


Dr. Schnitzler and Dr. Moroz to Speak at the Florida Genetics Symposium

Poster for the 2022 Florida Genetics Symposium

The 2022 Florida Genetics Symposium hosted by the University of Florida Genetics Institute will be held on November 2 and 3 at the Cancer & Genetics Research Complex. Read More


Dr. Schnitzler contributes to new paper in PNAS detailing the full complexity of an invertebrate histocompatibility gene region in the marine invertebrate Hydractinia

Hydractinia Rejection

Congratulations to Dr. Christine Schnitzler and her co-authors from the University of Pittsburgh and the National Human Genome Research Institute of the NIH for publishing a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) – “A family of unusual immunoglobulin superfamily genes in an invertebrate histocompatibility complex” Read More


Schnitzler Lab members publish new paper in Open Biology investigating the evolution and function of important stem cell gene GNL3 in Hydractinia

Hydractinia GNL3 colony

Congratulations to Dr. Gonzalo Quiroga-Artigas, for his recently published paper with Dr. Danielle de Jong and Dr. Christine Schnitzler in Open Biology – “GNL3 is an evolutionarily conserved stem cell gene influencing cell proliferation, animal growth and regeneration in the hydrozoan Hydractinia” Read More


Bailey-Niblett Family Endowment helps fund graduate student Trip to European Evolutionary Biology Meeting

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This summer the Bailey-Niblett Family Endowment helped fund a graduate student trip to the European Evolutionary Biology Meeting (EuroEvoDevo) in Napoli, Italy from May 31-June 3. Read More


Dr. Jingwei Song talks snail fur at the Alachua County Library Ocean Tales program

Alachua Library Snail Fur Presentation Graphic

Postdoctoral Research Associate Dr. Jingwei Song talks snail fur at the Alachua County Library District Ocean Tales summer program. Each week the library spotlights a different sea creature and talks to their caretakers. Read More


Whitney's Christine Schnitzler Promoted to University of Florida Associate Professor of Biology with Tenure

Dr. Christine Schnitzler

We are pleased to announce that Whitney Faculty Dr. Christine Schnitzler was granted promotion and tenure by the University of Florida Board of Trustees to Associate Professor of Biology. Read More


Schnitzler Lab welcomes Dr. Jingwei Song

Song, Jingwei

Please welcome Dr. Jingwei Song to Whitney Laboratory! He recently joined Dr. Christine Schnitzler's Lab as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Read More


Schnitzler Lab Welcomes Amanda Yeo

 Yeo, Amanda

Please welcome Amanda Yeo to Whitney Laboratory! She recently joined Dr. Christine Schnitzler's lab as a Post Bac Researcher. Read More


Schnitzler Lab Welcomes Sue Xu

 Xu, Sue

Please welcome Sue Xu to Whitney Laboratory! She recently joined Dr. Christine Schnitzler's Lab as a Graduate Student. Read More


Sea Turtle Hospital Staff and Whitney Faculty Publish Paper in Communications Biology

Sea Turtle

Congratulations to Sea Turtle Hospital Staff and Whitney Faculty who recently published a paper titled "Molecular characterization of a marine turtle tumor epizootic, profiling external, internal and postsurgical regrowth tumors" in Communications Biology. Read More


Dr. Danielle de Jong joins the Schnitzler Lab

de Jong, Danielle

Please welcome Dr. Danielle de Jong back to Whitney Laboratory! She joins Dr. Christine Schnitzler’s lab as lab manager and will work with members of the Schnitzler lab as they research various questions regarding regeneration and cell biology in the cnidarian, Hydractinia. Read More


National Postdoc Appreciation Week Schnitzler Lab Postdoc Spotlight

Postdoc Appreciation Week Graphic

Please join us in celebrating Whitney Laboratory Postdocs and the contributions they make to the lab, U.S. research and discovery! Today we spotlight postdocs in the Schnitzler Lab. Read More


Dr. Christine Schnitzler Publishes Paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Christine Schnitzler

Congratulations to Dr. Christine Schnitzler for co-authoring a paper titled "The genetic basis for PRC1 complex diversity emerged early in animal evolution." Read More


Dr. Christine Schnitzler awarded MIRA grant from the National Institutes of Health

Dr. Christine Schnitzler

Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Christine Schnitzler for receiving a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for her project titled: Characterizing the molecular regulators of stem cell populations during homeostasis and regeneration in Hydractinia, an emerging cnidarian research organism Read More


Schnitzler Lab Publishes Paper in Scientific Reports

Gonzalo Quiroga Artigas

Congratulations to the Schnitzler Lab for their recently published paper in Scientific Reports titled "Gene knockdown via electroporation of short hairpin RNAs in embryos of the marine hydroid Hydractinia symbiolongicarpus." Read More


Dr. Newkirk, Dr. Martindale and Dr. Schnitzler Publish Paper in Frontiers in Microbiology

Cassiopeia

Congratulations to recent Whitney Ph.D. graduate Dr. Newkirk, Whitney Laboratory's Dr. Martindale, Dr. Schnitzler, along with Dr. Thomas Frazer, Professor and Director of UF’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, who recently published a paper in the Frontiers in Microbiology titled "Adaptation to Bleaching: Are Thermotolerant Symbiodiniaceae Strains More Successful Than Other Strains Under Elevated Temperatures in a Model Symbiotic Cnidarian?" Read More


Dr. Christine Schnitzler Publishes on Germ Cells in Science

Hydractinia colony

Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Biology at Whitney Laboratory, Dr. Christine Schnitzler, who co-authored a paper in Science Magazine titled "Transcription factor AP2 controls cnidarian germ cell induction." In this study, the authors found that a single gene, Transcription factor AP2 (Tfap2), is sufficient to induce germ cell identity when expressed in adult stem cells in the clonal cnidarian Hydractinia. Read More


Cassidy Manzonelli Joins the Schnitzler Lab

Manzonelli, Cassidy

Please welcome Cassidy Manzonelli to Whitney Laboratory! She recently joined Dr. Christine Schnitzler's lab as a lab technician. Read More


Dr. Christine Schnitzler and Dr. Elaine Seaver Receive National Science Foundation EDGE Program Awards

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Congratulations to Dr. Christine Schnitzler and Dr. Elaine Seaver for recently receiving National Science Foundation Enabling Discovery through Genomic Tools (EDGE) Program Awards. Read More


Dr. Lexi Duscher Joins the Schnitzler Lab

Lexi Duscher

Please welcome Dr. Lexi Duscher to Whitney Laboratory! Dr. Duscher joins Dr. Christine Schnitzler's lab where she looks forward to expanding her molecular and microscopy skills using the Hydractinia model system and potentially focusing on the immune system’s involvement in stem cell regeneration. Read More


Mackenzie Simon-Collins, 2019 Cliff Townsend Scholar

Townsend Scholar

For a recent Nease high school graduate, the summer of 2019 was spent immersed in marine research at the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience. Mackenzie Simon-Collins, who will attend Johns Hopkins University in the fall, received the Whitney Laboratory’s Cliff Townsend Family Scholarship. Read More


Dr. Christine Schnitzler has new paper in Science

Dr. Christine Schnitzler

In a study appearing in Science, Christine Schnitzler, Assistant Professor of Biology, Whitney Lab, UF, and her colleagues from the University of California-Davis and Harvard University used single-cell sequencing techniques to explore the genetic trajectory for nearly 25,000 Hydra cells. Read More


Dr. Martindale and Dr. Schnitzler receive UF Office of Research Award

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Congratulations to Dr. Mark Martindale and Dr. Christine Schnitzler for recently receiving a UF Office of Research Award. Two out of only fifteen funded UF Office of Research awards were made to Whitney Laboratory faculty's research - both awards are collaborative with other colleges on campus! Read More


Dr. Christine Schnitzler Publishes Article in Nature Ecology & Evolution

Jellyfish

Dr. Christine Schnitzler, Assistant Professor of Biology at the Whitney Laboratory recently published the article "What makes a jellyfish" in Nature Ecology & Evolution. Read More


Evenings at Whitney on Oct. 11

The Oct. 11, 2018, lecture in the fall Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience took place at 7 p.m. and was titled “Many Ways to Regenerate: Cell Fate Plasticity and Migratory Stem Cells in Marine Hydroids.” Christine Schnitzler, assistant professor of biology at Whitney Laboratory, talked about her work that looks at the multiple ways marine hydroids, small colony-forming invertebrates that commonly grow as polyps, regenerate or regrow tissues. Read More


Congratulations to Alex Wyeth, 2018 REU Poster Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Alex Wyeth for being selected as the 2018 Whitney Laboratory REU Program’s poster contest winner. Read More


Welcome Justin Waletich to Whitney Laboratory!

Justin Waletich

Justin joins Whitney Lab as a PhD student in Dr. Christine Schnitzler’s lab. His research will focus on stem cells and regenerative biology using Hydractinia as a model system. Read More


Registration Now Open for Cnidofest 2018

Cnidofest 2018: The Cnidarian Model Systems Meeting is scheduled for Sept. 6-9, 2018, at Whitney Laboratory. Registration is now open until Aug. 1. Abstracts are due July 15. Read More


Welcome Elisabeth Carter to Whitney Laboratory!

Elisabeth Carter

Please welcome Elisabeth Carter to Whitney Laboratory! Elisabeth Carter is a first-year PhD student at the University of Florida, and has joined Dr. Christine Schnitzler’s lab here at Whitney Laboratory. Elisabeth is originally from Georgia and received her BS from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. Read More


Welcome to the Whitney Lab!

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Whitney Laboratory has several new faces this Fall! Please take a moment to read about our newest colleagues below, and join me in welcoming them to Whitney. Welcome, newcomers! Read More


Whitney Lab’s Christine Schnitzler Co-authors Paper Featured in Cell Reports

Congratulations to Whitney Lab’s Assistant Professor of Biology Christine Schnitzler for co-authoring a paper in Cell Reports titled An Evolutionarily Conserved SoxB-Hdac2 Crosstalk Regulates Neurogenesis in a Cnidarian. Read More