We caught up with Beth Lubeck, one of the young researchers who received a LE&RN travel award in order to attend the Gordon Research Conference: Molecular Mechanisms in Lymphatic Function and Disease in Italy this past month. Here's what she had to say:
"I had a fantastic time at the conference; it was a great learning experience and provided multiple opportunities for networking with potential collaborators. I was able to engage in many great discussions, both while presenting my poster and also at meals, from topics ranging from research interests to advice on finding a post-doctorate position to the current state of research. It also was very eye-opening to see the range of topics that all related back to lymphatics. The field is clearly much broader than I had realized! I very much enjoyed the immunology related talks and it gave me many ideas on ways I or my lab mates could focus our research to further the knowledge of the immune system's role in lymphedema, for example.
"Currently my research focuses on characterizing the lymphatic hyperplasia and leakage that occurs in the Ras GTPase activating protein RASA1 point mutant mouse that I have generated. This point mutation ablates the ability of RASA1 to regulate Ras, and we are interested in elucidating the role of the Ras signaling pathway in lymphatic system maintenance and development. We believe that this knowledge could be useful in selecting and designing drugs for treatment of lymphatic disorders in patients. Hopefully, I will be able to generate these data and write my thesis within a year, at which point I plan to find a post-doctoral position.
"I really appreciate the travel award and this conference was really a wonderful and productive experience. Thank you!"
We appreciate Ms. Lubeck's wonderful feedback. At LE&RN, we believe that supporting the efforts of young researchers in the field of lymphatics is essential for the future of lymphatic disease research. Ms. Lubeck is currently a doctoral candidate in Immunology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. We wish her all the best with her continued studies.