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In June, we had our first lab party since Christmas, 2019 to celebrate Dr. Geoff Severin's PhD defense from May 2020! Unfortunately, it was raining so we couldn't enjoy a beautiful summer day, but we made up for it with lots of Guitar Hero, cake, food, and drink.

After our first missed year in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic, the lab once again spent a beautiful summer day canoeing on the Grand River followed by evening grilling and games.

In 2021, we were glad to welcome two new postdocs, Dr. Aathmaja Rangarajan and Dr. Micah Ferrell. For Aathmaja's visit, we played a lab game of bocce ball and had a nice happy hour with Micah.

2021 also saw the return to in-person conferences with the 27th Midwest Microbial Pathogenesis hosted at MSU and co-organized by Chris. Many of the lab members presented posters and were able to meet new colleagues face-to-face for the very first time! It was a wonderful weekend.

For Halloween, the lab dressed up as Chris, complete with flannel shirts/hoodies, Star Wars and fishing T-shirts, and a variety of Star Wars mugs! They looked pretty stylish ;)


Unfortunately, due to rising Covid cases, we had to cancel our annual Holiday party :( As Princess Leis says in Episode IV, "It's not over yet".