Yahui (you may go look her up now!) came to us last year from Hong Kong, where she obtained her PhD working in the laboratory of Zilong Wen. She is second author on Cheng's new paper. But in fact, it's already her second (second) author paper, as she also helped our postdoctoral fellow Karen Mendelson with her paper, which was recently accepted to Developmental Dynamics. This was Karen's second (first) author paper (are you following), which is focused on how the sphingosine phospholipid signaling pathway regulates cardiovascular development. Karen's project is itself a collaboration with the laboratory here at WCMC of Dr. Timothy Hla, who is a world-expert in this pathway, and with whom we have already co-published a number of papers investigating S1P in embryonic development. Karen is also first author on a review we all wrote together last year for Development.
So...in summary...2 recent papers accepted that were made possible because of collaborations with 2 different laboratories. And as you surely recall, collaborations were key to the papers published last month by Su-Yi and Miriam.
Why is this so? Why don't we just stay hunkered down in our own lab? Science is actually a very creative and collaborative process and different people bring distinct ideas, perspectives, and skill-sets that can all contribute to push the work in new directions and make us all more productive. This is particularly true in academic science, and it is these collaborations that make lifetime connections, working groups, and (added bonus) friendships.
Finally, sorry but I made a mistake in the last post. We moved here to the Department of Surgery at WCMC in 2009, not 2006. Just a typo, but its important in science to always get the facts right, and double-check the numbers!