2018 News from the Bourne Lab


Nov 14, 2018: Our newest publication is now available!

Another great year at the Great Plains Infectious Disease conference, held at KU’s Vaccine Institute.  The Bourne Lab ended up with four outstanding poster presentations – way to go group!






Outreach Activity Alert!  Dr. Bourne helped out with local elementary school Truman Elementary for STEM day.
We had a blast exploring LUMINESENCE versus FLUORESENCE and their temperature dependence (or not).
And what better way to demonstrate this than by playing with Glow Sticks and flowers in a highlighter/water mixture illuminated with a black light!
Thank you so much Truman Elementary for hosting a fun, exciting day showcasing STEM for 3rd-5th graders!!












(Oct.)  The Bourne Lab will miss Hannah and Kriti as they move on to their next rotation – great job!  🙂



Congrats to Kevin on acing his Prelim Exam – way to go!!




Fun times as the summer draws to an end – BourneLab party (“ParDE”?) Just missing a few members….. and it turns out the group has some good bowlers!  (not Dr. B though…)

Jessica has outdone herself, winning the C2C “Best Effective Communication Presentation” for the second time!
Beautiful poster and a great way to go out on a high note (she leaves for grad school in a few weeks)…

Well done Eugene for his presentation at the INBRE poster symposium on July 13, 2018 – great job on your project!

A lab’s got to eat!  Fun times at Fuzzy’s Taco..
(L to R: Eugene, Eswar, Dr B, Julia, Kevin, and Jessica)

Another annual OU Cobre in Structural Biology Symposium, another set of poster winners – congrats to Jessica Ames (best undergraduate poster) and Eswar Reddem (best postdoc poster).

We are sure going to miss you Jess when you leave in the fall to start your fantastic PhD program!





Having fun at the annual Departmental Banquet – proud of the great group we have!
(L to R: Kevin Snead, Shandel Chang, Dr B, JohnAric Peterson, Tamiko Murphy, Jessica Ames, and Julia McGillick.  Eswar Reddem not pictured)

And a little out take of fun at the department – “Bourne’s Angels”

Jessica and Tamiko did a great job presenting their work at the C2C symposium – including both receiving awards! …..and Dr B was honored with a mentor award.
🙂 (You guys are the best!)




Congrats to Kevin Snead, 1st year graduate student, (pictured with Dr. Ron Halterman) on his award

“Graduate Student Research Scholarship in X-ray-based Structural Biology”


We are so proud of our undergraduate researchers – Jessica Ames and Tamiko Murphy – for representing the lab so well at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Edmond, OK

Lab lunch to help us through the Spring semester
(pictured L to R: Johnny, Eswar, Kevin, Jessica, Dr B, Julia, & Tamiko)

Welcome to the new postdoc – Eswar!

Welcome to the new technician – Johnny!