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Thank you cake from Dr. Garden

Thank you, Dr. Garden!

April 2021 - Dr. Garden surprised the lab with a special cake as a token of appreciation for our hard work during the pandemic. Thank you, Dr. Garden - it was delicious! 
Student Research Day 2021

Student Research Day 2021

March 2021 - Three members of the lab presented their research at this year's PennVet Student Research Day. Research specialists Brandon Lawson and Fenix Peng presented posters on the "Stabilization of an iodinated acetylcholine receptor chimera by tyrosine replacement" and "In vitro generation and expansion of rodent acetylcholine receptor-specific chimeric antigen receptor regulatory T cells," respectively. Victoria Leopardi, a veterinary student participating in the NIH/ Boehringer Ingelheim Summer Research Program, presented her project: "A systematic review of the potential implication of infectious agents in myasthenia gravis." The virtual symposium was an excellent exhibition of some of the remarkable research being performed here at Penn Vet.
Photo_SymposiumUpdate-Julia Ying Wu

Presentation at Biomedical Postdoctoral Symposium

January 2021 – Our postdoc, Dr. Julia (Ying) Wu, attended Penn’s 19th Annual Biomedical Postdoctoral Research Symposium, which was held virtually to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Biomedical Postdoctoral Council. Julia presented a poster on behalf of the Garden & Luo Immune Regulation Laboratory to showcase a novel syngeneic rodent model for myasthenia gravis recently developed by the team. It was an exciting two-day event for sharing science, and Julia’s poster garnered considerable interest from the meeting attendees! Well done, Julia!
Dr. Julia Wu Dec2020-Garden and Luo Lab

Congratulations, Dr. Julia (Ying) Wu!

December 2020 -- Our postdoc, Dr. Julia (Ying) Wu has two new publications this month. The mini-review article entitled Immunoregulatory cells in myasthenia gravis is published in Frontiers in Neurology, and the short research article entitled Myeloid-derived suppressor cell and regulatory T cell frequencies in canine myasthenia gravis: A pilot study is published in The Veterinary Journal. The latter project is a great team effort involving the Garden & Luo Immune Regulation Lab, the Clinical Neurology & Neurosurgery Service of the Matthew J Ryan Veterinary Hospital, the Veterinary Clinical Investigations Center, Dr. Jennifer Punt’s CANIINE Virtual Summer Research Program, and Dr. Ruby Chang of the Research Support Office of the Royal Veterinary College in London. Many congratulations, Julia, and great job, everyone!
Garden-Luo Lab Holiday Desserts-Dec 2020

Happy Holidays!

December 2020 -- Happy holiday season to all! To celebrate the end of a long and turbulent year, Dr. Garden treated the lab to an assortment of sweets from a local bakery. Thank you, Dr. Garden, and congratulations to everyone on making it through 2020!;

Garden-Luo Lab at Longwood 

Birthday Celebration at Longwood Gardens

November 2020 -- To celebrate the birthday of our undergraduate researcher, Andrew, the lab spent a beautiful fall day at Longwood Gardens, west of Philadelphia. These grounds boast a rich history, including use as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Today, the botanical gardens are home to thousands of varieties of plants and trees, several historical exhibits, and a breathtaking conservatory - an exceptional way to spend a sunny fall afternoon.

Garden-Luo Lab Dinner September 2020

Celebration Dinner for Summer Research and Lab Renaming

September 2020 -- As restaurants in Philadelphia undergo the reopening process, the lab went out for a long-overdue dinner to celebrate a range of recent events, including several recent publications, successful summer projects, the arrival of a new lab technician, Fenix Peng, and the birthday of our postdoc, Dr. Julia Wu. We also celebrated the changing of the lab's name to include Dr. Jie Luo, our Senior Research Investigator. Congratulations to all on your hard work!

Masks for Garden Lab News

Research Restart

June 2020 -- As was the case for many, the outbreak of COVID-19 interrupted the rhythms of our normal lives and required the laboratory to redirect to remote work. During the quarantine, our team diversified our productive output. Julia and Brandon authored respective mini-reviews (pending submission) on immunoregulatory T cells in myasthenia gravis, and chimeric acetylcholine binding proteins. Andrew, a rising senior in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, performed computational work, designing novel DNA constructs. Victoria Leopardi, a veterinary student who intended to spend the summer in the laboratory, has instead been writing a systematic review of the relationship between infectious agents and myasthenia gravis.

This month, in accordance with Penn Vet and Philadelphia city guidelines, the Garden & Luo Immune Regulation Lab resumed research operations. To assure the safety of our researchers, we have implemented extensive safety precautions in the lab. Such practices include working in shifts to assure low occupancy, body temperature and blood oxygen saturation monitoring, contact tracing, the donning of extensive personal protective equipment (lab coats, goggles, gloves, and masks), and regular disinfection of workspaces and personal devices. We, as immunologists, understand the importance of public health compliance and are striving to do our part to protect our laboratory personnel and our community.

Garden Lab at Penn Vet celebrates publication and grant

Celebration Dinner for a New Publication and a New Grant

February 2020 -- This week, the lab went out for dinner to celebrate two recent developments: Julia's publication in Frontiers in Oncology and a new grant for Dr. Luo. Congrats on your achievements, and thanks for your hard work!

Garden Immune Regulation Lab Dinner, Penn Vet

Lab Dinner, Italian Style!

November 2019 -- The team took a break from our lab work and enjoyed a wonderful Italian dinner together. Outings like this are great opportunities for group bonding!

Group at Oliver Gardens home

Congratulations Celebration for Sabina Hlavaty

August 2019 -- Oliver invited everyone to his home to celebrate the conclusion of Sabina Hlavaty’s (pictured sitting) HHMI fellowship and her time in the Garden & Luo Immune Regulation Laboratory. Sabina has been accepted to Penn Vet’s VMD-PhD program, and we all look forward to seeing what great things she does in the future. Congratulations, Sabina!

Cancer Center all for one-Garden News

Penn Vet Faculty Research Retreat

June 2019 -- The lab attended this year’s Penn Vet Faculty Retreat in Swarthmore, PA, where they enjoyed faculty lectures and a meal with colleagues. Sabina, Julia, and Brandon all presented posters, and Oliver gave a talk on the progress and future of the Department of Clinical Sciences & Advanced Medicine.


CANINE Initiative

June 2019 -- The Garden & Luo Immune Regulation Laboratory has been collaborating with Dr. Jennifer Punt on her CANINE initiative, which involves undergraduate students in canine cancer research. Her students have made vitally significant contributions to our research and have gained critical hands-on experience in the world of cancer research. 

Read about this research collaboration...
Garden Lab skiing 2018-19

Keystone Symposium Offers Snow-shoeing Opportunity

February 2019 -- Brandon, Sabina, Julia, and Oliver (pictured left to right) went snow-shoeing while on a break at the Keystone Symposium in Breckenridge, Colorado. Brandon, Sabina, and Julia all presented posters of their work, which generated much animated discussion at the meeting.

Brandon in front of poster - Garden Lab 2019

Brandon Lawson Presents Poster at Keystone Symposium

February 2019 -- Brandon Lawson presenting his poster at the Keystone Symposium (Uncovering Mechanisms of Immune-Based Therapy in Cancer and Autoimmunity): “Antigen-Specific Immunotherapy of Myasthenia Gravis”.

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Sabina Hlavaty Presents Poster at Keystone Symposium

February 2019 -- Sabina Hlavaty presenting her poster at the Keystone Symposium (Uncovering Mechanisms of Immune-Based Therapy in Cancer and Autoimmunity): “Phenotypic and Transcriptomic Characterization of Canine Myeloid-Derived Suppressor Cells”.

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Dr. Julia Wu Presents Poster at Keystone Symposium

February 2019 -- Dr. Julia Wu presenting her poster at the Keystone Symposium (Uncovering Mechanisms of Immune-Based Therapy in Cancer and Autoimmunity): “The Molecular Phenotype of Canine Regulatory T cells in Health and in the Tumor Microenvironment of a Proposed Model of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma”.

Oliver Garden and Sabina Hlavarty, Penn Vet

Studying the Players in Immune Regulation

October 2018 -- Read more about the approaches we are taking to understand the immune system in this Penn Today article by Katherine Unger Baillie. “Studying the players in immune regulation”. 

Read about this research...
Oliver and Sabina speak at Animals in Translation

Suppressor Cells and Translational Research

October 2018 -- Sabina and Oliver gave talks on myeloid-derived suppressor cells and translational research, respectively, at the “Animals in Translation” Symposium hosted by UPenn’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine. 

Clinical Trials in Cancer Care

Treating Cancer in our Pets

October 2019 -- Read more about the great research being done at the Penn Vet Cancer Center (by our laboratory and others) to better understand and treat our pets’ cancer in Penn Today. “Cutting-edge science moves to the clinic to help ‘our furry friends’ fight cancer”. 

Read about this research collaboration...
Sabina Hlavaty, Garden Immune Regulation Lab

Sabina Hlavaty Presents Poster at Student Research Day

March 2018 -- Sabina Hlavaty presented a poster on her canine myeloid-derived suppressor cell research at Penn Vet’s Student Research Day on March 20th, earning First place for the best poster. Congratulations, Sabina – great job! 

Dr. Oliver Garden, Penn Vet

Dr. Oliver Garden Named Henry and Corinne R. Bower Professor of Medicine

October 2017 -- Dr. Oliver Garden is awarded the Henry and Corinne R. Bower Professorship of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. 

Read about this professorship...
Oliver Garden Wins Canine Health Award

Dr. Oliver Garden Awarded the International Canine Health Award

May 2017 -- Congratulations to our own Dr. Oliver Garden on being awarded the International Canine Health Award, May 2017. 

Read more about the award and Oliver’s research...