Today we had our seasonal lab holiday party at the John T. Floore Country Store in Helotes, Texas. It has been a great year, with seven peer-reviewed publications in print or in press... so needless to say - everyone has worked very hard and has a much deserved few weeks of rest ahead. We were pleased that our alumist, Dr. Aoife Kilcoyne, could come back from her Radiology residency in Ireland to join us for the lab lunch (front left in the picture). We have a lot of faith in Aoife bringing a research-oriented approach to pediatric and adult cancer one day. We also celebrated the successful Masters thesis defense of Melinda Garcia (on the right, one person back), as well as Corrine Chua who successfully defended her thesis but couldn't be with us today. And as per our tradition, we'll be making a group contribution to the local women and children's shelter.
[ not shown are lab members Sachiko Ohshima and Tohru Hosoyama, who are at an AACR Brain Tumor conference. ]