10/02: Jasmine Shahanoor joins the lab as a rotating graduate student from the Neuroscience program.
09/10: Samantha’s collaborative efforts with graduate student Amanda Acosta-Ruiz in the Levitz lab result in a co-author manuscript accepted by Neuron. Congrats!!
09/03: The graduate program curriculum committee approves a new course, “Introduction to Neuroimmunology”, which was organized by graduate student Stephanie Jackvony and will be directed by Anna Orr.
08/23: Anna Orr gives an invited talk on glial roles in cognitive function at the 29th Annual BioCity Symposium, “Lifespan of the Immune System” in Turku, Finland. Speakers focusing on neurological disease included Drs. David Pitt from Yale University, Bengt Winblad from Karolinska Institute, and Marcus Sucksdorff from Turku University.
07/26: Sara Shatela presents her summer research at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium in Hartford, Connecticut.
06/10: Samantha Meadows successfully completes her PhD qualifying exam! Congrats!!
05/16: Sara Shatela, an undergraduate student in Cell and Molecular Biology at CSU, will be joining the lab as part of the ACCESS Summer Internship Program at Weill Cornell Graduate School.
04/30: Anna Orr gives an invited talk at the Gladstone Institutes 40th Anniversary Symposium, joining other alumni that focus on aging and neurological disease, including Drs. Li Gan (Appel Institute Director), Robert Farese (Harvard, co-founder of the Bluefield Project), and Eric Verdin (Buck Institute President and CEO).
04/10: Samantha Meadows receives the coveted National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship to study astrocytic receptor signaling and its effects on neuronal activities. Congrats!!
04/02: The lab receives funding from the Brightfocus Foundation to examine novel modulators of mitochondrial function in neurodegenerative disease.
03/15: Samantha Meadows receives Honorable Mention from the highly competitive fellowship program at the Ford Foundation and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Congrats!
03/08: Students and faculty gather for the annual Neuroscience Program Retreat to share their latest research findings, present creative talks, participate in outdoor activities, and form closer bonds over dinner and drinks. As always, it was a fun, friendly and informative event!
03/01: Samantha Meadows collaborates with the Levitz lab to test novel photoswitchable glutamate receptors and contributes to a manuscript in submission (preprint is available at BioRxiv).
02/11: In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we celebrate our hard work and passion for science with a group lunch and dessert, and fondly call this day “I-Heart-Science” Day.
01/24: The lab helps to welcome this year’s talented group of candidates for the Neuroscience Graduate Program at Weill Cornell.
01/21: Adam Orr publishes a first-author manuscript on ApoE4 based on collaborative work with the Mahley and Krogan labs at the Gladstone Institutes and UCSF.
01/15: Nneka Southwell joins the lab as a rotating graduate student from the Neuroscience Program.
01/11: Yona Litwin joins the lab as a research volunteer from the Bronx High School of Science.
12/13: The Appel Institute Holiday Luncheon brought labs together to celebrate the holidays and catch up with colleagues.
12/07: Tanya Jain will be joining the lab as a rotating graduate student from the Neuroscience Program.
11/19: In collaboration with the Office of Student Diversity, Samantha Meadows develops a new graduate course entitled “Sociocultural Barriers in STEM”.
10/18: Svitlana Tymchuk will be joining the team as a Research Technician.
10/17: Anna Orr attends the Annual AFTD Hope Rising Benefit, which raised over $1.9 million to support research and awareness efforts for frontotemporal dementia.
10/04: Samantha Meadows will discuss her ongoing project at a joint lab meeting with the Levitz lab in the Weill Cornell Biochemistry department.
10/01: Adam Orr was invited to present his current research at the Sanofi iAwards Symposium in Cambridge, MA.
09/10: Jennifer Goertz will be joining the lab as a rotating graduate student from the Weill Cornell Neuroscience Program.
08/30: The Sixth Annual Appel Alzheimer's Disease Research Institute Symposium is coming up! Prominent speakers will include Drs. Ron Peterson, Chris Schaffer, Li-Huei Tsai, and our new director, Dr. Li Gan.
08/15: The lab ventures out to Roosevelt Island for some sushi, a relaxing stroll to Four Freedoms Park, and great views of Manhattan. Quiet green spaces just minutes from the city!
07/17: To stay informed of the latest scientific findings and methods, the lab comes together for roundtable discussions to review and analyze new literature on glial and mitochondrial biology and neurodegenerative disorders.
07/05: We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Li Gan, the newly appointed Director of the Appel Alzheimer’s Disease Research Institute. We look forward to working with her and her great team.
06/22: Adam Orr gives an invited talk at the 9th Conference of the International Coenzyme Q10 Association at Columbia University.
05/31: Samantha Meadows joins the lab for her PhD thesis and becomes our first graduate student! We are thrilled and couldn't ask for a better addition to the team.
05/29: Anna Orr leads a group discussion on key traits for career success and the importance of goal-setting, perseverance, open communication, and integrity in our research and interpersonal interactions, among other topics (see our core values link above to learn more).
05/18: Kirsten Bredvik will be joining the lab as a rotation student from the Tri-Institutional MD/PhD program, which includes Weill Cornell, Rockefeller, and Sloan Kettering.
05/11: Avital Murava presents her ongoing research at the Neuroscience Work in Progress Seminar Series.
04/11: Avital Murava, Twinkle Chowdhury and Samantha Meadows attend the AFTD Education Conference to learn more about frontotemporal dementia, the most common form of dementia in people under age 60, and meet those affected by the disease.
04/10: Anna Orr leads a class session in Current Topics in Neurodegeneration, a graduate elective course organized by upper-level graduate students Kathryn Carnazza and Nima Naseri.
04/03: James Parziale presents a research poster describing his rotation project at the 38th Annual Vincent du Vigneaud Memorial Research Symposium at Weill Cornell.
04/03: Anna Orr speaks at the 7th Annual Leon Levy Fellows in Neuroscience Symposium at Rockefeller University, and has the great honor of meeting with many talented and iconic scientists, including the 2017 Nobel Laureate Michael Young, 2000 Nobel Laureate Paul Greengard, Rockefeller President Emeritus Torsten Wiesel, and Professor and Co-director of the Shelby White and Leon Levy Center for Mind, Brain and Behavior at Rockefeller Mary Hatten.
03/28: Adam Orr will discuss his work at a joint lab meeting with the Manfredi lab at Weill Cornell.
03/24: Charlotte Heisenberg will be joining the lab as a research volunteer.
03/09: Adam Orr speaks at the annual WCM Neuroscience Graduate Program Retreat.
03/05: Fernando Palaguachi joins the team as a Research Technician.
02/05: Anna Orr participates in the Faculty Science & Career Chats for the Weill Cornell Graduate School, in which faculty and new graduate students discuss their research, career paths, and strategies for selecting the right thesis mentor.
01/02: Our research is featured on the cover of Neurobiology of Disease. Visit the home page for a link to this paper (Orr et al., 2018) and other related work.
12/22: Anna Orr receives the Kellen Junior Faculty Fellowship, a grant established at Weill Cornell by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.
12/19: The lab meets for a 4-hour lab meeting over pizza and calamari, and time flies!
12/12: Anna Orr receives the Leon Levy Fellowship in Neuroscience to investigate how astrocytic G protein-coupled receptors regulate neural plasticity and behavior.
11/10: Adam Orr receives the Sanofi Innovation Award (iAward) focusing on drug discovery for neurodegenerative disease.
11/01: The Orr lab moves into a new space to accommodate our growing team.
09/01: Samantha Meadows joins the lab as a rotating student from the Weill Cornell Neuroscience Program.
08/25: Anna Orr receives the Alzheimer's Association Research Grant, entitled "Defining astrocytic-neuronal transcriptional alterations in memory loss."
08/14: James Parziale joins the lab as a rotating student from the Weill Cornell Pharmacology Program.
07/15: Anna Orr receives an NIH grant, the R00 Pathway to Independence Award, entitled "Roles of astrocytic G protein-coupled signaling in memory."
06/01: Avital Murava joins the team as a postdoctoral fellow.
04/19: Anna Amelianchik joins the lab as a rotating student from the Weill Cornell Neuroscience Program.
03/10: Anna Orr presents a lab overview at the annual Weill Cornell Neuroscience Retreat.
04/10: Twinkle Chowdhury joins the team as a Research Specialist.
04/01: Adam Orr presents his work on mitochondrial reactive oxygen species at the Keystone Symposium in New Mexico.
01/09: Anna Orr collaborates with Drs. Calderon and Colak at Weill Cornell to form a behavioral consortium.
12/30: LMD system arrives in time for the new year.
12/06: The Orr lab website is established.
11/16: The Orr laboratory begins its operations in NYC!