The Latest News from the Lab

November 15, 2023

Chris is promoted to Professor with Tenure!

August 14, 2023

Julia Johnson joins the lab as our new Research Technologist.  Welcome Julia!

June 16, 2023

Johanna is awarded a 2023 Postdoctoral Research Accelerator Award!  Congrats Johanna!!!

June 15, 2023

Luca Finetti joins the lab! Welcome Luca!

May 12, 2023

Minh passes her Departmental Oral Exams in the Neuroscience Program!  Congrats Minh!

April 13, 2023

Johanna’s pan-neuronal paper is officially accepted into iScience!  Congrats Johanna!  Link

February 28, 2023

Our R21 submission in collaboration with Karen Menuz to de-orphanize mosquito IRs using a new empty neuron system in flies gets a really good score!  Fingers crossed it gets funded!

January 26, 2023

Josh’s paper exploring the anatomy and function if Ionotropic Receptors in Anopheles mosquitoes is officially accepted to Cell Reports!  Congrats Josh!   Link

December 29, 2022

Chris moves into the corner office down the hall!  His address is now 431 Rangos.

December 16, 2022

Johanna aced her presentation and impressed the JHMRI Directors and Deputy Directors with her innovative project to explore biting behaviors in mosquitoes. She was just awarded a JHMRI Postdoc Fellowship! Congrats Johanna!!!!

November 22, 2022

Nick’s last day. 🙁 We’ll miss you Nick!  Good luck as a genome engineer for Colossal Biosciences!

August 17, 2022

Kate’s last day in the lab.  We’ll miss you Kate!  Good luck in your next step as a Medical Writer!

July 1, 2022

Josh is awarded a HHMI Hannah H Gray fellowship!   Congrats Josh!!!!!!  Wooo-hooo!

June 14, 2022

Minh officially decides to join our lab to conduct her thesis work!  Hurray!  Welcome to the Potter lab!

April 20, 2022

Darya’s paper is now out at eLife!

Chemoreceptor co-expression in Drosophila melanogaster olfactory neurons.

April 4, 2022

Aditi decides to join the Graduate Program in Molecular Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine!  Congrats Aditi!

March 8, 2022

Darya’s paper shattering insect olfaction dogma officially accepted into eLife!  Happy dance!    :meow_party:

Feb 14, 2022

Sarah’s paper exploring OR expression in Anopheles mosquitoes has now been officially accepted at Cell Reports!  A great Valentine’s Day present!

October 25, 2021

Kate passes her Departmental Oral Exam for the BCMB program!  Congrats Kate!

July 1, 2021

We get final approval of our ACL1 room and can now rear mosquitoes in the lab.  Hurray!

June 9, 2021

Josh is selected as a 2021 School of Medicine Postdoctoral Research Accelerator Awardee!  Congrats Josh!

Info on the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs website : Link.

May 14, 2021

Two papers released today!!!

Josh’s paper counting the number of neurons in fly and mosquito brains is now out in PLOS ONE! Link  News Release

Darya’s paper examining the neurodegeneration of Orco mutant neurons in the maxillary palp is out in microPublications Biology! Link

April 22, 2021

Our comprehensive review of Anopheles olfaction is now online at Chemical SensesClick here for free access to the Accepted Manuscript.

Full Citation:
Joanna K Konopka, Darya Task, Ali Afify, Joshua Raji, Katelynn Deibel, Sarah Maguire, Randy Lawrence, Christopher J Potter, Olfaction in Anopheles mosquitoes, Chemical Senses, 2021;, bjab021,

April 6, 2021

Sarah Maguire aces her presentation at the Young Investigators’ Day Ceremony in recognition of her Daniel Nathans Award.  Well done!  You can read a Q&A with the award winners here.

April 5, 2021

Kelsey Duprey joins the lab as our new Research Technologist. Welcome Kelsey!

Feb 17, 2021

Sarah Maguire was selected to receive the Daniel Nathans Award, and will present her work at the Young Investigator’s Day Ceremony in April.  Congrats Sarah!

Feb 1, 2021

Nick Matinyan joins the lab.  Welcome Nick!

Dec 4, 2020

The Potter lab submits a review for publication on the topic of Anopheles olfaction.  Stay tuned!

Nov 7, 2020

Darya publishes her work on polymodal chemosensory expression in Drosophila olfaction neurons on bioRxiv! Have a look!

October 1, 2020

Re-designed Potterlab website now live!

September 30, 2020

Josh wins the Academic Achievement Award for his graduate work!  Congrats Josh!

July 23, 2020

Sarah publishes her work on odorant receptor regulation in Anopheles mosquitoes on bioRxivHave a look!

June 25, 2020

Dr. Potter is awarded a JHMRI Pilot Grant to study mosquito biting!

June 10, 2020

Phase 1 begins; labs partially re-opened.

April 19, 2020

Ali, Darya and Joanna’s symposium is accepted for the 2020 ESA meeting. The session is entitled: “Where Did You Come From, Where Are You Going? Insect Navigation: From Neurons to Behavior”.  Everyone check it out!

April 16, 2020

Kate joins the lab! Welcome Kate!

April 1, 2020

Joanna is awarded a 2 year Canadian NSERC Postdoc Fellowship!  Congratulations Joanna!

March 31, 2020

Ali’s paper is now out at Malaria Journal.  View here.

March 27, 2020

Chris wins the Hamilton Smith Award for Innovative Research.

March 23, 2020

COVID19 precautions shutdown the lab. Only essential personnel

March 20, 2020

Ali’s paper is accepted to Malaria Journal!

March 17, 2020

The lab is 10 years old today! Happy birthday Potter lab!

February 17, 2020

Ali wins the Alfred Blalock Young Investigator Award !  Congrats Ali!

February 3, 2020

Josh joins the Potter Lab.  Welcome Josh!

December 5, 2019

Ali receives the Drescher Travel Award from the Neuroscience Department!

October 1, 2019

Darya’s science image of a Drosophila brain and nerve cord wins a Junior Selection Award from Images in Science.  Science is art! Beautiful!

September 17, 2019

Ali gives the Keynote talk at the annual meeting of the Greater Baltimore Society of Neuroscience Chapter (GBSFN). Nice job, Ali!

September 16, 2019

Darya gives her public Thesis talk.  Congratulations, Dr. Task!  Very well done!

August 12, 2019

Darya successfully defends her Thesis!  Almost done!

July 10, 2019

Darya gives an invited talk at the Neuroethology: Behavior, Evolution, and Neurobiology Gordon Research Meeting. Nice job, Darya!

July 8, 2019

Joanna joins the lab.  Welcome Joanna!

Jan 2, 2018

Sarah is awarded a JHMRI Postdoctoral Fellowship. Congrats Sarah!