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).

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).
Mid March  – Capital equipment and 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 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).
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 postdoctoral fellowship at The Ohio State university.
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 COVID-19-caused work from home weeks begins for all members of the lab.
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 as a PROVIDES fellow 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 receives 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 – December 2020 - Amelia Khoo, an ENMED medical student joins the lab for a rotation project.
October 8-9 - Trinh (virtually) attends the Complex Life of RNA Meeting hosted by EMBL.
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.
November 13  – Trinh’s book chapter focusing on the m6Am RNA modification is submitted as a preprint to Preprints.org.
November 25  – Trinh’s book chapter focusing on the m6Am RNA modification is accepted for publication in the Springer Nature book Epitranscriptomics.

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

2021

February 1 - Blake Melton joins that lab as an undergraduate researcher/ research technician I.
February 8 - Shaun A. Stevenson joins that lab as an undergraduate researcher/ research technician I.
February 15 – 19 - A deep freeze hits Texas & knocks out power to much of Texas including most parts of Houston. Thankfully, Houston Methodist and all the lab’s samples were spared, but every lab member lost power at home for at least 24 hours, and some of us were out longer.
February 26 - Dan presents the lab’s research to the RNA and Chromatin group at the Baylor College of Medicine.

April 5 - Dr. Nada Bejar joins the lab as a postdoctoral fellow. She’ll work on cytoplasmic capping and RNA therapy projects.
April 29 - The lab (virtually) attends the 6th Annual RNA Medicine Symposium, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

May 11, 2021 – May 14 - Min and Dan (virtually) attend The Annual Meeting of the American Society for Gene and Cell Therapy.
May 11 - Dan presents “Construction of circular RNAs to block miRNA-driven oncogenic transformation” as a talk at The Annual Meeting of the American Society for Gene and Cell Therapy.
May 25 – June 4 - The lab (virtually) attends the 26th Annual Meeting of the RNA Society.

June 1 - Shaun’s and Blake’s start their full-time summer lab experience.
Early June - Dan joins the RNA Society’s Membership Committee and begins helping write the Member Spotlight series.
June 7 - NIH sends word that both Shaun’s and Blake’s grant supplements will be funded.

July 1 - Both Blake’s and Shaun’s NIH-funded research projects begin.
July 28 - Minyi Chen joins the lab as a visiting scholar.

Mid August - Blake’s and Shaun’s summer research seasons end and they take well-earned breaks before starting classes.
August 13 - Dan presents “Grant writing as an Early Career Researcher” and is an expert panelist in The American Society for Gene and Cell Therapy’s Career Seminar Series.
August 25 - The lab submits its second research manuscript. A collaborative paper with labs at MD Andersen and UT Health. Rolando (co-first), Nada, and Dan are among the authors.

August, September & October - Several lab members join Houston Methodist’s volunteer initiative for processing plasma/serum samples from COVID-19 patients for the Hospital’s Biorepository Core.

September 10-11 - Dan attends the 2021 Rustbelt RNA Meeting (virtual). In addition, Dan was session chair for the Translational Control Session!

October 18 - The entire lab (virtually) attends the George and Angelina Kostas Research Center for Cardiovascular Nanomedicine Annual International Meeting. Dan is a session co-chair.
October 18 - Dan presents presents a poster detailing Trinh’s work on circular RNAs.
October 18 - Trinh presents a poster detailing her work on PCIF1 and cytoplasmic capping.
October 18 - Nada an Rolando present a poster on the lab’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate.
October 18 - Min presents a poster on her RNA therapy candidate to target transcription factors.
October 18 - Congratulations to Nada and Rolando! Their poster wins second place at the George and Angelina Kostas Research Center for Cardiovascular Nanomedicine Annual International Meeting!
October - Dan and the lab’s work is featured in the Center for RNA Therapeutics video.

November 4 - Nada and Trinh’s review article titled “RNA therapeutics – the next generation of drugs for cardiovascular diseases” is submitted for peer review.
November 7 - Trinh is promoted to a Research Associate II. Congrats!
November 11 - Dan serves as a panelist for the RNA Therapeutics Round Table Workshop as part of the Gulf Coast Consortia (GCC) for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences Innovative Drug Discovery and Development (IDDD) Consortium.
November 24 - A preprint of Nada and Trinh’s review article focusing on RNA therapeutics for the cardiovascular system is submitted to Preprints.org.
Late November - Dan and Min contribute to a book chapter about Hospital-based mRNA therapeutics.
Late November - The lab designs an Omicron-focused COVID-19 vaccine.

December 13 - Rolando and Nada’s paper gets positive reviews. A few changes need to be made, but things are looking good!
December 14 - The book chapter about RNA Therapeutics to which Min contributed is accepted for publication. Congrats Min!
December 14 - Rachel’s grant supplement is submitted to NIH.
December 15 - Dan moves into his new office (now R10-113).
December 17 - The lab attends the Center for RNA Therapeutics and Cardiovascular Regeneration’s joint Holiday party.
December 21 - Minyi successfully defends her thesis in Vienna, Austria. Congratulations Dr. Chen!
Late December - The materials needed for the lab’s Omicron-specific vaccine construct arrive & we begin construction.

2022

January 3 - Dr. Rachel Kieser joins the lab as a postdoctoral fellow. She’ll work on the lab’s cytoplasmic capping project.
January 6 - The preprint for Min’s chapter in the Springer/Nature book titled Messenger RNA Therapeutics goes live.
Mid January - Minyi’s time as a visiting scholar comes to an end. Congrats Minyi, it was great to have you in the lab!
January 25 - Nada and Trinh’s review article titled “RNA therapeutics – the next generation of drugs for cardiovascular diseases” is accepted for publication in Current Atherosclerosis Reports. Congrats Nada and Trinh!