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Raquel Espin receives the faculty 2024 Early Achievement in Research Award from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University.


Our latest paper from the lab is now published at Nature Communications!

We showed that in the aseptic embryo, the endothelium requires priming by the microbial sensor Nod1 to switch fate towards hemogenic. Congratulations to all the authors, and specially to first author Chelsea Cheng. Thank you to all our wonderful collaborators, NIH-NIDDK and Carver Foundation for supporting this project!


Great job to our MS student Gabrielle Dubansky on writing this wonderful piece that brings together our research to the general public! Published now at The Conversation.


Wonderful times at The Childrens’s Hospital of Philadelphia with our collaborators Giulia Pavani, Deborah French, and Paul Gadue! Thank you for the invitation to talk at CHOP and giving us the opportunity to learn iPSC differentiation!


Many thanks to the Rosalind Franklin Society for the RSF Award in Science that recognizes the impact of our CUT&RUN methods paper! This prestigious annual award is given to the best paper by a woman or under-represented minority in science. More information can be found here:


Congratulations to my trainees Xiaoyi Cheng and Radwa Barakat for receiving the departmental award that recognizes their important contributions! And honored to receive the GDCB award for outstanding achievement in teaching!


Thrilled to be nominated by my wonderful research undergraduate Inga and recognized as ISU Student Employee Supervisor of the Year Finalist by Iowa State University.


Thrilled to receive the GDCB Early-Career Research Award!

Thank you to my colleagues for the nomination!


Would you like to know the tricks to perform CUT&RUN in zebrafish?

Check out our new methods paper now accepted!

Thanks to the editors for featuring our publication on the cover of the journal!


Pleased to announced that Inga Baldus is joining our team as part of the URA program!

Welcome, Inga!


The lab receives a 5-year, $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, NIDDK. This R01 will provide support to decipher one of the central molecular mechanisms used by our bodies to generate blood stem cells. Once understood, this will be manipulated to try to generate human blood stem cells for the purpose of regenerative medicine.



Fun times pumpkin carving with the Espin lab!


Thrilled to announce that the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine, Iowa, has committed $381,385 to support our research! Thank you for your support!

David Reynolds


Congratulations to our honors student David Reynolds for being selected as outstanding senior in mechanical engineering at ISU!

We are thrilled to have you as part of our team!

Radwa-Kari News


We are thrilled to have Radwa Barakat and Kari Kennedy joining our group!

Welcome to the team girls!!


First paper from the lab entitled “A zebrafish model of Granulin deficiency reveals essential roles in myeloid cell differentiation” now accepted at Blood Advances! Nice work team!


Congratulations to our student David Reynolds, recipient of University Honors Program Grant and a Stewart Research Award to develop an imaging device for the visualization in vivo of hematopoietic stem cells!

ATRB window decorating


Congratulations Espin-Campbell team for the second place in the ATRB window decorating contest! Great job with that zebrafish scientist!



Our lab has been funded with an R03 from the NIH-NIDDK to study how granulin triggers myeloid cell differentiation! Thank you NIH for supporting our research!


Ashley Winterowd has been awarded Dean’s High Impact Undergraduate Research Award! She is joining our lab this fall to explore how granulin could be utilized as a therapeutic drug for the treatment of myeloid leukemia.

Congrats !!


Congratulations to our undergraduate student Abigail Gorden, who has been recently awarded with the Dean’s High Impact Undergraduate Research Award! She will be working on deciphering the enigmatic roles for Notch and NFkB in Hematopoietic Stem Cell formation.