Timeline:

2017

December 8 - Dr. Kiss’s (Dan hereafter) last day as a postdoc in the Schoenberg lab at The Ohio State University
December 8 - Dan’s FHIT ribosome profiling is accepted for publication at Molecular Cancer (PMID: 29282095; https://doi: 10.1186/s12943-017-0749-x)

2018

January 2 - The Kiss RNA Lab is now officially open as the third lab in the Biomarker Research Program at the Houston Methodist Research Institute in Houston, TX.

March 1 - Dan presents his cytoplasmic capping research at the Baylor College of Medicine’s RNA Club in Houston, TX.
March 5 - Dan joins the Houston Methodist RNACore as a consultant and becomes part of the RNA Therapeutics Program
March 7 - Dan’s FHIT-mediated translational control paper is accepted for publication at BMC Research Notes (PMID: 29540221; https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-018-3278-9)
Mid March 2018 Capital equipment ordered lab supplies all begin to arrive

April 5 - Dan presents his FHIT research at the Baylor College of Medicine’s RNA Club in Houston, TX.
April 17 - The lab’s key reagents (cell lines, banked samples, plasmid constructs, etc.) are safely received from the Schoenberg lab.
April 23 - Rolando Alvarado accepts a position as a Research Assistant I.
April 25 - Dan performs the lab’s first experiments.

May 14 - Rolando starts his Research Assistant I position becoming the Kiss RNA Lab’s first member

May 28 – June 2  - Dan attends & presents a poster on the lab’s cytoplasmic capping work at the 23rd Annual RNA Society Meeting in Berkeley, CA

August 17 - Rolando presents a poster about the lab’s cytoplasmic capping research at the 6th Annual Houston Methodist Cancer Symposium

September 4 – 8 - Dan attends & presents a poster on the lab’s cytoplasmic capping work at the Translational Control Meeting in Cold Spring Harbor, NY

November 16 - The Kiss RNA Lab’s first preprint (https://doi.org/10.1101/471813) is live on BioRxive
November 19 - The Kiss RNA Lab’s first independent paper is submitted to FEBS Letters.

December 3 - Dr. Trinh Tat joins the lab as a Research Associate I

2019

January 2 - The Kiss RNA Lab joins to the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences as part of the Cardiovascular Regeneration Program
January 8 - Reviews of the lab’s first paper come in. They are positive and we get started on the reviewer’s suggestions for submitting a revised paper.

February 4 - We submit our revised manuscript
February 22 - The Kiss RNA Lab’s first independent paper is accepted for publication in FEBS Letters. (PMID: 30810230; https://doi.org/10.1002/1873-3468.13349)
February 27 - The Kiss RNA Lab moves to the 10th floor of the Research Institute. We are now right next door to the RNA Core.

March 1 - Rolando presents a poster at Baylor College of Medicine’s Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center’s 16th Annual Symposium in Houston, TX.
March 18 - FEBS Letters Selects the lab’s first paper as an Editor’s Choice article.

April 4 - Dan presents the lab’s ongoing cytoplasmic capping research at the Baylor College of Medicine’s RNA Club in Houston, TX.

June 3 - Dr. Keisha Hardeman joins the lab as a postdoctoral fellow.

July 29 – August 1 - Dan attends the Basic Cardiovascular Sciences 2019 Scientific Sessions sponsored by the American Heart Association in Boston, MA

August 16 - Dan presents a talk about RNA therapeutics and cancer treatments at the 7th Annual Houston Methodist Cancer Symposium
August 16 - Dr. Hardeman and Rolando present posters at the 7th Annual Houston Methodist Cancer Symposium
August 23 – August 24 - The lab attends the Gulf Coast Vascular Research Consortium hosted by Houston Methodist
August 30 - Dan livestreams a journal club describing the lab’s first paper.

September 26 - Trinh was selected for an Elife-sponsored travel fellowship to present a poster of her research at the 2019 Cold Spring Harbor Genome Informatics meeting

October 18 - Dan was awarded a Career Development Award by the American Society for Gene and Cell Therapy to pursue the lab’s first RNA therapeutic project.
October 25 - Trinh and Rolando present posters at the 2019 Rustbelt RNA Meeting RRM in Cleveland, OH
October 26 - Dan presents a talk detailing the lab’s cytoplasmic capping research at the at the 2019 Rustbelt RNA Meeting in Cleveland, OH
October 28 - Dan gives an invited talk about the lab’s cytoplasmic capping research at the at the Annual Pelotonia Fellowship Symposium in Columbus, OH
October 30 - Dr. Hardeman participates in the highly selective SACNAS Postdoc Leadership Institute prior to the Annual SACNAS conference in Honolulu, Hi
October 31 – November 2 - Dr. Hardeman uses a travel fellowship from NCI to attend and present a research talk about her melanoma work at the Annual SACNAS conference in Honolulu, HI

November 6-9 - Trinh presents a poster of her research at the 2019 Genome Informatics meeting in Cold Spring Harbor, NY
November 13  – The lab attends the George and Angelina Kostas Research Center for Cardiovascular Nanomedicine’s Sixth Annual International Meeting hosted at Houston Methodist

2020

February 21 - Dan presents the lab’s ongoing cytoplasmic capping research at the Baylor College of Medicine’s RNA Society-sponsored RNA Salon
February 25 - Trinh is awarded a travel award by the RNA Society to attend the 25th Annual Meeting of the RNA Society in Vancouver, Canada (the meeting is later canceled due to COVID-19)

March 1 - Dan is featured as a past Pelotonia Research Fellow from his fellowship at Ohio State
March 13 - The lab begins to wind down non-COVID-19 research
March 20 - The lab joins the RNA Core’s effort to develop an RNA vaccine for COVID-19. We also initiate a project to develop an RNA therapy to treat COVID-19 patients
March 23 - The first of several work from home weeks begins
March 30 - The lab is awarded funds from the Houston Methodist Research Institute to develop a new type of RNA vaccine for COVID-19.

April 1 - Dan is the featured postdoc alum in the Ohio State University’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
April 6 - Our COVID-19 projects commence, the rest of the lab’s research resumes in the following weeks as COVID-19 cases dip in Houston

May 8 - Dr. Hardeman leaves the lab to take a postdoc to focus on cancer biology at UT Southwestern in Dallas

May 26 – June 1 -   The lab (virtually) attends the 25th Annual Meeting of the RNA Society
May 26 – June 1 -  Trinh’s poster is presented (online) during the Annual Meeting of the RNA Society

June 11 - Dan serves on an NIH study section for the first time
June 17 - Dan is awarded a Career Development Award from the American Heart Association to study cytoplasmic capping in endothelial cells
June 18 – 19 - The lab attends London Calling (online) 2020 hosted by Oxford Nanopore.
June 22 - The Kiss RNA Lab files its first invention disclosure for an RNA therapeutic.

July 1 - Dan’s Career Development Award to study cytoplasmic capping in the cardiovascular system from the American Heart Association begins
July 17 - 2nd COV-IRT COVID-19 virtual Symposium
July 27-30 - Dan attends the Basic Cardiovascular Sciences 2020 Scientific Sessions (online) sponsored by the American Heart Association

August 3 -  Dan recieves the official Notice of Award for his R35 grant to study cytoplasmic capping. The Kiss RNA Lab is in business for at least 5 years!
August 7 - The lab attends (virtually) the 8th Annual Houston Methodist Cancer Symposium
August 15 - The R35 grant to study the molecular mechanisms of cytoplasmic capping officially begins.

September 1-4 - The lab (virtually) attends the Cold Spring Harbor Translational Control Meeting
September 1-4 - Trinh’s poster is presented (online) during the Cold Spring Harbor Translational Control Meeting
September 15 & 16 - Dan attends (virtually) the The American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy’s COVID-19 Symposium
October 8-9 - Trinh (virtually) attends the Complex Life of RNA Meeting hosted by EMBL

October – December 2020 - Amelia Khoo, an ENMED medical student joins the lab for a rotation project

October 23-24 - The lab (virtually) attends the 2020 Rustbelt RNA Meeting
October 25 - Dr. Min Zhang officially joins the lab
October 29 - Dan is awarded a Career Cornerstone Award by the HMRI for his successful R35 proposal

November 1 - The lab’s COVID-19 RNA vaccine candidate is featured in the Cardiovascular center’s annual report
November 9-10 - the lab (virtually) attends the 8th International mRNA Health Conference
November 11-13 - the lab (virtually) attends the RNA at the Bench and Bedside II conference

December - Rolando is promoted to a Research Assistant II. Congrats for all the hard work!

2021

January - Blake Melton joins that lab as an undergratuate researcher/ research technician I
January - Shaun A. Stevenson joins that lab as an undergratuate researcher/ research technician I