About Nate Krefman

Ph.D Student

Journal Club on Monday, April 16

For our next Journal Club, Christa Cortesio will present the following paper:

Distinct and separable activities of the endocytic clathrin-coat components Fcho1/2 and AP-2 in developmental patterning.  Umasankar PK, Sanker S, Thieman JR, Chakraborty S, Wendland B, Tsang M, Traub LM.  Nat Cell Biol. 2012 Apr 8. doi: 10.1038/ncb2473. PMID: 22484487.

Journal Club on Monday, April 2

For our next Journal Club, Sun Hae Hong will present the following paper:

Influence of synaptic vesicle position on release probability and exocytotic fusion mode.  Park H, Li Y, Tsien RW.  Science.  2012 Mar 16;335(6074):1362-6.  PMID: 22345401.

Journal Club on Monday, March 05

For our last Journal Club, Itziar Benitez-Ibarlucea presented the following paper:

Cytoplasmic dynein moves through uncoordinated stepping of the AAA+ ring domains. DeWitt MA, Chang AY, Combs PA, Yildiz A. Science. 2012 Jan 13;335(6065):221-5. PMID: 22157083

2012 “Lab Comedy of the Year”

Two weeks ago, we announced that the blog of BioTechniques Journal had selected “Grad School, I Love You (But You’re Bringing Me Down)” as the 2012 “Science Parody of the Year.”

Now I’m excited to announce that the “Lab Comedy of the Year” for 2012 is Vol I: How to Run a DNA Gel (Molecular and Cell Biology Training Video Series). The video stars Nate Krefman (a graduate student in the Drubin/Barnes Lab) and Aaron Welch (a graduate student in Doug Koshland’s lab). The video was filmed and directed by graduate students Brock Roberts (Henk Roelink’s lab) and Robbie Calderon (Krishna Niyogi lab, Plant and Microbial Biology). The video was conceived and produced by Nate. The scientific journal BioTechniques put the “Science Parody of the Year” to a readers’ vote this week on their blog.

The winning video is actually the first in two part series. The second video, Vol II: How do Do a DNA Mini-Prep (Molecular and Cell Biology Training Video Series), stars Robbie and Brock, and was directed and produced by Nate.

All of the videos were produced for an annual funny movie event called MCB Follies held by graduate students in UC-Berkeley’s Department of Molecular and Cell Biology. Look for more of these sort of videos from Nate and other graduate students in the Drubin/Barnes lab in the future.

2012 “Lab Comedy of the Year”:

2012 “Science Parody of the Year”

I’m excited to announce that the “Science Parody of the Year” for 2012 is “Grad School, I Love You (But You’re Bringin’ Me Down).” The song is parody of an LCD Soundsystem song written and performed by Mark Grabiner (a graduate student in Terry Machen’s lab at UC-Berkeley). The video was directed and produced by Nate Krefman, a graduate student in the Drubin/Barnes lab. The scientific journal BioTechniques put the “Science Parody of the Year” to a readers’ vote this week on their blog.

A second song by Nate, “Blue and Yellow,” a parody of a Wiz Khalifa song, was also among this year’s five nominees. These nominations follow on the heals two additional nominations for Nate’s videos “I’m Bringin’ Stickleback” and “Bad Habits (in Lab)” in the 2011 contest. All of the videos were produced for an annual funny movie event called MCB Follies held by graduate students in UC-Berkeley’s Department of Molecular and Cell Biology. Readers can expect to see more of these sort of videos from Nate and other graduate students in the Drubin/Barnes lab in the future.

2012 “Science Parody of the Year”:

Journal Club on Wednesday, February 20

For our next Journal Club, Akemi Kunibe will be presenting the following paper:

Membrane Tension Maintains Cell Polarity by Confining Signals to the Leading Edge during Neutrophil Migration. Houk AR, Jilkine A, Mejean CO, Boltyanskiy R, Dufresne ER, Angenent SB, Altschuler SJ, Wu LF, Weiner OD. Cell. 2012 Jan 20;148(1-2):175-88. PMID: 22265410

Nominated for 2012 “Science Parody of the Year” by BioTechniques Journal

Click on the image below to visit the BioTechniques Blog and vote for “Blue and Yellow (FRET)” or “Grad School, I Love You (But You’re Bringin’ Me Down)” for “Science Parody of the Year”:

These videos were produced for MCB Follies in 2011 by a graduate student in the Drubin/Barnes Lab, Nate Krefman.  Thank you for your vote, and best of luck to the other nominees!

– Nate

Journal Club on Monday, February 6

For our next Journal Club, Jasper Weinberg will be presenting the following paper:

A molecular switch on an arrestin-like protein relays glucose signaling to transporter endocytosis.  Becuwe M, Vieira N, Lara D, Gomes-Rezende J, Soares-Cunha C, Casal M, Haguenauer-Tsapis R, Vincent O, Paiva S, Léon S.  J Cell Biol. 2012 Jan 23;196(2):247-59.  PMID: 22249293