Male Drosophila genital imaginal disc during the pupal stage showing mesenchyme-to-epithelial transitions.Drosophila hearts.  The upper one is the heart of a wild type, i.e. normal, fly, while the interesting one below shows what happens when two particular genes of the Forkhead family are defective.  Mutations in the counterparts of these genes cause congenital heart defects in humansBeating cardiomyocytes (heart cells) obtained by directing human induced pluripotent human stem cells (hiPSCs) along the cardiac lineage
 

Lab News

Mar 30, 2020:

Congratulations to Ishreet Lehal for her research project being awarded 1st place in the state overall and also being named the top biology project in the Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair.

Feb 28, 2020:

Congratulations to Andrew Kump and Manoj Panta for being awarded travel grants from the Graduate Student Research Fund.

Feb 22, 2020:

Congratulations to Kennedy Camden for receiving an offer of admission from the medical school at Indiana University.

Dec 20, 2019:

Congratulations to Sierra Crowe for receiving an offer of admission from the medical school at Indiana University.

May 11, 2019:

Congratulations to Harjas Singh for being awarded the Hines Memorial Medal and the Outstanding Senior Award at Indiana State University.

Mar 21, 2019:

Congratulations to Takoda Sons for receiving an offer of admission from the medical school at Indiana University.

Feb 20, 2019:

Congratulations to Harjas Singh for receiving an offer of admission from the medical school at Indiana University.

Nov 5, 2018:

Congratulations to Andrew Kump for being awarded a Senior Research Grant from the Indiana Academy of Science.

May 12, 2018:

Congratulations to Leah Beth Carter for being awarded the Hines Medal at Indiana State University.

May 4, 2018:

Congratulations to John Dalloul for being awarded the Indiana Governor’s STEM Team Award in the area of Science.

Apr 2, 2018:

Congratulations to John Dalloul for receiving offers of admission from Stanford, Princeton, Emory and Indiana Universities.

Mar 24, 2018:

Andrew Kump and Manoj Panta both gave research talks in the Cell Biology forum of the 133rd Annual Meeting of the Indiana Academy of Science at Indianapolis, IN.

Mar 9, 2018:

John Dalloul, Terre Haute South Vigo High School student and Ahmad Lab member, was selected to give an oral presentation on his research at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Hunt Valley, 2018.

Feb 26, 2018:

John Dalloul, Terre Haute South Vigo High School student and Ahmad Lab member, was selected to give an oral presentation on his research at the “Spotlight on Undergraduate Research” workshop at the 59th Annual Drosophila Research Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

Feb 9, 2018: Congratulations to Manoj Panta for being awarded a travel grant from the Graduate Student Research Fund.
Jan 23, 2018:

Mason Gay and John Dalloul had their research selected for presentation at the 32nd Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

Jan 5, 2018:

Congratulations to Leah Beth Carter for receiving offers of admission from medical schools at the University of Illinois, Indiana University, and Southern Illinois University.

Sep 22, 2017:

Congratulations to Mason Gay for receiving an offers of admission from the medical school at Indiana University.

May 15, 2017: Congratulations to Andrew Kump for his publication in Genome Announcement of the Draft Genome Sequence of Streptococcus pyogenes Strain M3KCL (2017) that he assembled as an undergraduate at the Cho Lab.
May 8, 2017: Another manuscript has been accepted for publication from the Ahmad Lab:

Ahmad, S. M. (2017). Conserved signaling mechanisms in Drosophila heart development. Developmental Dynamics 246, 641-656. application-pdf.pngDownload - (748 KB)

Mar 10, 2017: John Dalloul, Terre Haute South Vigo High School student and Ahmad Lab member, was selected to give an oral presentation on his research at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in San Diego, CA.
Feb 13, 2017: Congratulations to Manoj Panta for being awarded a grant from Spring Graduate Student Research Fund.
Jan 23, 2017: Kennedy Camden, Leah Beth Carter, Harjas Singh, and Takoda Sons had their research selected for presentation at the 31st Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
July 13, 2016: Shaad Ahmad is awarded a Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association.
Dec 23, 2015: Shaad Ahmad is awarded a COMPETE grant from Indiana State University.
Nov 26, 2015:

First manuscript accepted for publication from the Ahmad Lab:

Ahmad et al. (2016) Two Forkhead transcription factors regulate cardiac progenitor specification by controlling the expression of receptors of the fibroblast growth factor and Wnt signaling pathways. Development 143, 306-317.  application-pdf.pngDownload - (2.96 MB)

Aug 27, 2015: The Ahmad Lab secured a long term loan of research equipment from the National Institutes of Health.
Aug 15, 2015: The Ahmad Lab is open for business.