Beier Lab

Lab Meeting/Journal Club Schedule

Wednesday 9:00 (with the exception of joint lab meetings with Séguin lab)

Feb 27 – joint lab meeting with Séguin lab (Marc)

March 4 – Frank

March 11 – Jason

March 18 - Kristyn

March 25 – Cartilage Gordon Conference

April 3 – joint lab meeting with Séguin lab -report from Cartilage Gordon Conference (Anusha, Margaret, Mike, Matt, Cheryle, Frank)

April 8 – Paxton

April 15 – Mike

April 22 – Katie

April 29 – OARSI Conference

May 6 – MSK retreat

May 13 – Anusha

May 20 – Margaret

May 27 – Guoyan

June 3 - Melina

January 2015

Welcome to our newest PhD student, Melina Bellini, who joined us from Brazil with a 'Science without Borders' Scholarship. And welcome back to Anusha Ratneswaran who spent 3 months in Mandy Fosang's lab in melbourne, Australia.

December 2014

Congrats to our honorary lab member Matt McCann (primary supervisor Dr. Cheryle Seguin) for the successful defense of his PhD. Way to go, Dr. McCann!

November 2014

Lots of good news for our graduate students at the Physiology and Pharmacology Research Day. Mike Pest won the Hari and Gudrun Sharma Scholarship for continuing PhD Students, Katie Rabicki won the George W. Stavraky Teaching Scholarship, and Margaret Sun and Paxton Moon won Poster Awards! Congratulations!


Congratulations to Katie and Bailey for their OGS Awards!!
Congratulations to Anusha who won an OARSI International Exchange Fellowship to spend a few months in Mandy Fosang's lab in Australia! 
Welcome to our returning summer student Bailey Russell and our new postdoc Kristyn Leitch!


Congratulations to Anusha Ratneswaran for obtaining a three year Doctoral Award from The Arthritis Society/Canadian Arthritis Network!!


Congratulations to Lauren Solomon who successfully defended her PhD on "The chromatin remodeling protein Atrx in development and maintenance of mouse skeletal tissues"
More good news for Lauren: Her manuscript "Targeted loss of the ATR-X syndrome protein in the limb mesenchyme of mice causes brachydactyly" was accepted by Human Molecular Genetics. Co-authors are Bailey Russel, Ashley Watson, Frank Beier and Nathalie Berube.
Congratulation to Sara Ohora for defending her M.Sc. on July 18! 
SARA Celebration 2
Ryan's paper entitled 'GSK-3beta function in bone regulates skeletal development, whole body metabolism and male life span' was just accepted by Endocrinology.
Congratulations to Anusha Ratneswaran for a PhD scholarship from the Joint Motion program (JuMP), our CIHR STIHR training program.
Team Bernier: Researchers in Motion has been recognized in the Western News as the leading fundraising team in London for the Walk to Fight Arthritis 2013! 
schulich award

Summer, 2013

The Beier lab, and others in the Skeletal Biology Laboratories, formed 'Team Bernier' in memory of Dr. Suzanne Bernier for the Walk to Fight Arthritis and raised over $4,000! Thanks to Anusha for organizing the team! 

'Team Bernier' Walk to Fight Arthritis

Welcome to our summer students: Bailey Russell (supported by a CIHR/IMHA summer studentship), Carley Ort (supported by a JuMP summer studentship), Cassandra Spyridis and Adam Ropchan (both supported by SRTP studentships).

Welcome to our new graduate students: Margaret Sun will work on the role of LXR signaling in cartilage development and osteoarthritis, and Katie Rabicki will study CTCF function in hypertrophic chondrocytes. 

Mike Pest was selected for oral presentations at both the Cartilage Gordon Conference in Switzerland and at the Canadian Connective Tissue Conference in Montreal.

Congratulations to Anusha Ratneswaran (Left) who won poster awards at both the London Health Research Day and the Canadian Connective Tissue Conference in Montreal.

Anusha receives a poster award at the Canadian Connective Tissue Conference

Congratulations to Lauren Solomon who is the 2013 winner of the Suzanne Bernier Memorial Award in Skeletal Biology! 

Lauren Solomon Bernier Award

Anusha Ratneswaran, Sara Ohora, Mike Pest, Hang Fang, Paxton Moon and Frank Beier attended the 2013 OARSI conference in Philadelphia.

Beier Lab OARSI 2013

Frank Beier was elected as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) for 2013 - 2017 and as Co-Chair of the Cartilage Gordon Conference for 2017. 

Congratulations to Paxton Moon for obtaining a CIHR MD/PhD studentship!


January 8th, 2013

Happy New Year from everyone in the Beier lab! 

Beier lab xmas 2012


November 7th, 2012

Congratulations to Shirine Usmani who was co-winner of the Esme Walker Award for her PhD thesis in Physiology and to Mike Pest as winner of the best Poster Award in the Pharmacology category at the Annual Research Day. 
 Mike Pest as winner of the best Poster Award in the Pharmacology
Mike Pest (second from left) receives his poster award.
Welcome to Hang Fang (Elvis) from Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou (China) who will join us for two years as part of his PhD Thesis. He will work on bone changes in osteoarthritis and is supported by a stipend from the China Scholarship Council.

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The Beier lab celebrating all our winners.


October 26th, 2012

The Beier lab congratulates Ryan Gillespie for successfully defending his PhD. thesis. He presented his research on "The role of glycogen synthase kinase 3 beta in skeletal development". Ryan has been an exemplary graduate student in the Beier lab, holding many awards for his research and teaching. Congratulations Ryan! 

Ryan Gillespie and Frank Beier

Dr. Frank Beier and Dr. Ryan Gillespie celebrate with the Goblet of Knowledge


July 30th, 2012

Congratulations to Shirine Usmani for successfully defending her PhD. thesis on "The role of transforming growth factor alpha in osteoarthritis and skeletal development". She will continue her studies in the Md/PhD program at Western University. Shirine has been a valuable asset in the Beier lab for many years, and we have all benefitted from all her hard work in the lab. 

Shirine Usmani Public Lecture

Shirine flawlessly presents her PhD public lecture

Shirine Usmani and Frank Beier

Shirine celebrates with Dr. Beier and the Goblet of Knowledge


July 17th, 2012

Congratulations to former Beier Lab member Dr. Veronica Ullici, for being awarded a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship for her work at the University of Pittsburgh. 


July 16th, 2012

Congratulations to Dr. Jason Bush, who has been awarded a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship. His project concerns "CTCF-Dependent Epigenetic Regulation of Chondrocyte Development".  


July 1st, 2012

The Beier Lab at Cold Spring Harbour Asia

PhD Candidate Lauren Solomon presents her work at the Cold Spring Harbour Asia conference on Bone and Cartilage: from Development to Human Diseases.

The conference was held in Souzhou, China and covered the latest findings across many topics in skeletal biology. 

Lauren Solomon

Dr. Beier was an invited speaker, discussing "The TGFa-EGFR pathway in posttraumatic and aging-associated osteoarthritis".


June 1st, 2012

Welcome back Dr. Beier!

Frank and Gunwoo in Korea

Dr. Frank Beier with former visiting Professor Gunwoo Kim in South Korea. (Investigating a new lab dress code perhaps?)


May 21st, 2012

Dr. Suzanne Bernier Memorial Award

Congratulations to Matt McCann, who recieved the 5th annual Dr. Suzanne Bernier Memorial Award in Skeletal Biology. Matt presented his research on intervertebral disc development prior to the keynote talk by Dr. Lynda Bonewald.

He is the fourth member of our lab to receive this distinction. 

Matt McCann

Matt McCann receiving the 5th annual Dr. Suzanne Bernier Memorial Award


April 19th, 2012

Congratulations to Mike Pest for earning a Banting and Best Canada Graduate scholarship from CIHR, and Anusha Ratneswaran for being awarded the JuMP Graduate Student award. You both deserve recognition for all your hard work!


March 21st, 2012

Congratuations to Matt McCann for being awarded second place at Lawson Health Research Day for his platform presentation "Acute vibration induces transient expression of anabolic genes in the intervertebral disc in a frequency dependant manner". 

Matt McCann

Way to go Matt!

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