From September 7-10, 120 scientists who use cnidarians to in their research gathered on the campus of UC Davis to share their latest research as part of Cnidofest 2022. The meeting focused on using cnidarians, which are animals like corals, sea anemones, and jellyfish, to study fundamental biological problems at a molecular level.
It was great to see friends in person for the first time in many years and to hear about some remarkable technological advances that have taken place since the last Cnidofest in 2018.
Graduate student Manuel Michaca traveled to Cnidofest 2022 at UC Davis to present his work on Hydractinia allorecognition. Manuel has been using newly developed antibodies against the Alr proteins to visualize their expression in embryos and adult colonies. He presented some spectacular images in an outstanding talk. Congrats, Mani!