July 22-24th, 2020 - Virtual zoom presentations by Anna Gutridge, Arryn Blaine and Alexander French at the International Narcotics Research Conference.
May 5th, 2020 - Celebrating in the time of COVID-19 (trying to make a heart)
April 2020, Our paper "G protein biased kratom alkaloids and synthetic carfentanil amide opioids as potential treatment for alcohol use disorder" was selected as editor's choice by the British Journal of Pharmacology
March 5th, 2020 - Arryn Blaine and Anna Gutridge presenting their posters at the Purdue Health and Disease poster competition.
12 February, 2020 - Mee Jung Ko, Anna Gutridge and Yazan Meqbil at the 2020 Sigma Xi poster session
15 January, 2020 - Mee Jung Ko presenting her PhD thesis project, and celebrating her successfully defense of her thesis.
December 9th, 2019 - Holiday Brunch and welcoming Yazan Meqbil
November 18th, 2019 - Angel Lin presenting her undergraduate research at the OUR fall symposium
October 21st, 2019 - Mee Jung Ko presented her poster at SfN 2019 with former Van Rijn labmember and contributing scientist Terrance Chiang. SfN 2019 dinner at Beatrix with Alex, Arryn, Mee Jung, Terrance and Logan Ganzen, a Purdue PULSe graduate student and long-time collaborator.
October 15th, 2019 - Celebrating the acceptance of our kratom manuscript in the British Journal of Pharmacology. With co-first authors Anna Gutrdige and Robert Cassell.
September 21-25th, 2019 - Mee Jung Ko presenting a poster at the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) world congress in Daegu, South Korea and giving a talk at Konkuk University.
July 24th, 2019 - Angel Lin and Hongyu Su presenting their summer research projects at the OUR summer symposium
July 9th, 2019 - Dr. van Rijn presenting at the International Narcotics Research Conference in New York
June 4-24th, 2019 - Mee Jung at the Cold Spring Harbor Ion Channels in Synaptic and Neural Circuit Physiology course
May 6th, 2019 - Graduate student mentor Mee Jung Ko and Grace Mulia, 4th year BSPS student, getting ready for graduation ceremony.
May 2nd, 2019 - End of the semester celebrations at Another Broken Egg: Celebrating Arryn Blaine and Anna Gutridge passing OPs, tenure/promotion of Dr. van Rijn, graduations of Ben Cummins, Arbaaz Mukadam, and Grace Mulia. Also saying farewell to Maria Shelley, Kendall Mores, and Haoyue Cui.
April 30th-May 1st, 2019 - Rob Cassell is talking to Indiana Senators at Capitol Hill about Science funding as part of the ASPET Washington Fellows program.
April 22nd, 2019 - Arryn Blaine successfully defended her original proposal and is admitted to the PhD candidacy of the Purdue Life Sciences (PULSe) PhD program.
April 15th, 2019 - Mee Jung Ko receiving the Award for outstanding graduate teaching at the PULSe spring symposium
April 6th, 2019 - Robert Cassell and Anna Gutrdige with her ASPET travel award, at EB2019
March 27th, 2019 - Anna Gutridge opening her mini bottle of champagne in celebration of passing her defense of her original proposal.
December 20th, 2018 - Robert Cassell presenting his poster at the 2018 British Society for Pharmacology meeting
December 13th, 2018 - Departmental Holiday party at the Brewing Company
December 12th, 2018 - Secret Santa holiday lunch at Another Broken Egg.
October 8th, 2018 - Departmental retreat at Turkey Run Indiana.
July 25th, 2018 - 3rd year BSPS undergraduate Grace Mulia and 1st year Pharmacy student Maria Shelley presenting their summer research project at the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship symposium organized by Dr. Van Rijn.
July 21st 2018 - Summer appreciation party with home made watermelon/strawberry/feta/basil salad, butternutsquash/jalapeno/tomato soup, salmon burgers, pulled pork, vegetarian meatball subs and farro/asparagus/broccoli salad. Also dessert treats from the Sweet Revolution bake shop.
June 16th-June20th 2018, Robert Cassell at the 2018 Conference of the Research Society on Alcoholism in San Diego (overlap with Anna and Mee Jung)
June 12-16th 2018 - Anna Gutridge and Mee Jung Ko at the 2018 International Narcotics research Conference in San Diego.
May 30th - June 4th 2018 - Mee Jung attending the Brains & Behavior: Order and disorder in the nervous system Cold Spring Harbor meeting
May 18-21st, 2018 - Mee Jung Ko attending and presenting at the IBANGS meeting in Rochester, MN
May 11th, 2018, Commencement ceremony and hooding of Dr. Meridith Robins.
May 7th, 2018, Celebrating Arbaaz Mukadam graduating with a Bachelor in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Congratulations Arbaaz!
April 30th, 2018 - Changing of the guard while eating ramen at Yatagarsu: Saying goodbye to Van Rijn lab pioneers Nook and Meridith, but welcoming Anna and Arryn to the lab! And prematurely celebrating Kendall's birthday....and even more prematurely Mee Jung's Birthday.
April 24th, 2018 - Meridith Robins receiving a Graduate teaching award from provost Jay Akridge.
April 23rd, 2018 - Mee Jung Ko presenting her research on TRPA1 pharmacology in mice and zebrafish at Experimental Biology 2018 in San Diego
April 10th, 2018 - Office of Undergraduate Research Conference
Oral and poster presentations by Kendall Mores (3rd best talk) and Arbaaz Mukadam.
March 23rd, 2018 - Greater Indiana Society for Neuroscience Meeting
March 5th, 2018 - Celebrating Dr. Robins's PhD defense with champagne and Thai food.
December 17th, 2017 - Graduation of Dr. Nook.
December 14th, 2017 - Visit Dr. Wen-Hai Chou in the Center for Neuropsychiatric Research at the National Health and Research Institute in Taiwan.
2017 Thankgiving dinner party hosted by Mee Jung Ko. Thanks for cooking Mee Jung!
Celebrating Dr. Nook's thesis defense!!
Mee Jung Ko and Meridith Robins presenting their research at the Society for Neuroscience in November 2017 in Washington DC.
Meridith Robins receiving a Kienly Award for Excellence in Teaching and presenting her Enoch Gordis prize winning poster at the 2017 Jenkins-Knevel Graduate student research symposium.
Van Rijn lab photo - October 13th, 2017. At Peppercorns Kitchen to celebrate the lab's R01. Left to right: Arbaaz Mukadam, Kendall Mores, Rob Cassel, Doungkamol Alongkronrusmee, Richard van Rijn, Mee Jung Ko, Ellen Jiwon Ha, Meridith Robins, Grace Mulia.
August 2017 - Dinner party at the Van Rijn residence in appreciation of all the hard work.
The Van Rijn lab at the International Narcotics Research Conference in Chicago, July 10-13th, 2017.
Mini-symposium on opioid receptors as therapeutic target for alcohol use disorders. From left to right: Dr. Kabirullah Lutfy (Discussion leader). Dr. Annika Thorsell (humanized mu opioid mouse model), Dr. Linda Rorick-Kehn (novel nociceptin antagonist), Dr. Braulio Munoz (striatal mu opioid receptors), Dr. Lucia Hipolito (inflammatory pain), Dr. Richard van Rijn (biased delta opioid agonists), Dr. Moriya Yuki (mu opioid knockout), Dr. Subhash Pandey (kappa opioid and neuropeptide Y receptors) , Meridith Robins (session chair).
Meridith Robins with her plaque presented by the Research Society on Alcoholism for her Enoch Gordis Research Recognition Award she received at the 2017 Annual RSA conference.
Dr. Zhong-Yin, Chair of the MCMP Department, presents Meridith Robins with a Paget travel award to attend the Society for Neuroscience conference in Washington DC to present her work on ethylphenidate.
Doungkamol Alongkronrusmee presenting her research at the College of Pharmacy Jenkins/Knevel symposium and receiving the Excellence in Research Award.
Shiqi Tang receives a Research Recognition Award at the graduation banquet of the 2016 Class of Bachelors of Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS).
April 2-6th 2016: Doungkamol Alongkronrusmee at Experimental Biology 2016 in San Diego as a finalist for the Best Poster Presentation.
September 19th 2015: 2-years of the Van Rijn lab anniversary and welcome party for Ricardo Marquez
October 17-22nd 2015:Society for Neuroscience 2015 + Hotpot at Mandarin Kitchen, The bean and Thai food at Khaoson and Taylor.
September 30th, 2015 - Birthday celebration at Black Sparrow
July 28th, 2015 - Visit to the lab of Dr. Narita in the Department of Pharmacology at Hoshi University
June 9th, 2015 - Nook and Meridith OP celebration lunch
Christmas lunch 2014
Fun in the lab
March 4th, 2014 - Welcome dinner party