Science outreach to local 6th graders

Friday, May 19, we took over a local middle school library for the day and reached almost the entire sixth grade population (~250) with our biology/microscopy outreach. The students had just finished learning some ecology and the kingdoms of life (thanks to fantastic teachers Mr. Huynh and Mr. Gray, who also helped us organize this), and we brought six dissecting scopes and two compound scopes and showed them specimens of plant and animal life forms (thanks to Dr. Mills for two dissecting scopes, and to the TWU Biology Labs for the loan of samples and scopes). We were Bhoomi Madhu, who led it this year; veterans from our 2015 outreach, Sanil Sansar, Geetha Ravindranathan, and Dr. G; Farhan Lakdawala; and three other TWU Biology grad students we recruited, Rituparna Sinha Roy, Shuvalaxmi Dasgupta, and Yasar Arfat. The students were engaged and comments on the forms they returned to us included particular interest in the live nematodes and the pig and chicken embryos.

Funding was provided to grad student Bhoomi Madhu and the lab in part for this outreach by the TWU 2016-2017 Graduate Experiential Student Scholar program.



5/17/2017 The Gumienny lab celebrated Dr. Sanil Sansar’s graduation at Topgolf!

(Left to right: Bhoomi, Farhan, Dr. Faure, Anna, Dr. G, Sanil, Thomas (back), and Geetha (front))IMG_9591IMG_9593

November 21, 2016: Bhoomi Madhu’s Worm Breeder’s Gazette article published

“Fast and inexpensive C. elegans genomic DNA preparation using Sigma’s Extract-N-Amp kit” details a protocol Bhoomi Madhu developed to quickly isolate C. elegans genomic DNA.


Welcome to the Gumienny Lab’s home page!

On Saturday, 9/10/2016, TWU-Biology supported the AHA at the Denton Heart Walk after raising $725 in donations by offering two delicious, homemade lunches (pasta and Indian), mango lassi, brownies, cookies, and truffles. My lab all participated in the fundraising and the walk (my role was team leader). We enjoyed supporting the AHA’s research and education, and look forward to doing it again next year. Here’s hoping it doesn’t rain again at next year’s walk!




Welcome to the Gumienny Lab’s home page!


Hello and welcome!  You are visiting the Gumienny Lab’s website.  We study Transforming Growth Factor-β (TGF-β) signaling in the model organism C. elegans.  Our lab uses genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, and microscopy to understand how TGF-β signaling is regulated in the context of the whole organism.  Check the links in the sidebar to the right to learn more about us and what we do.   You can also visit Dr. Gumienny’s faculty page or our Pubmed page if you want to learn more about our work.

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