Lab Photo Session 2017

Julia Eichhorn from the CBG Photolab braved the freezing cold with us for our lab photo. Look at the snow!

There's also a photo of Mate taking a photo of Julia taking a photo of Edlyn. To avoid overly frozen smiles during our individual headshots, we did head back inside after all. Thanks Julia, great photos!

Shai wins short talk prize “Epigenetics In Development”

On October 20-22, almost half of the Vastenhouwlab participated at the Epigenetics in Development conference held at the IMB in Mainz, Germany. This exciting meeting brought together scientist from all over the world to discuss their view how epigenetics and gene regulation shapes a developing embryo. The topic was covered a broad range of perspectives from point mutations through chromatin landscapes to evolution.
 
Excitingly, Shai was selected to give his short talk “Competition between histones and transcription factor binding regulates zebrafish genome activation”, for which he was awarded the short talk prize. Congratulations, Shai!
 
Apart from the scientific program, one entire afternoon was dedicated to the excursion to a beautiful monastery, Kloster Eberbach, including a guided tour with wine tasting and a grand finish having a wonderful gala dinner.
 
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Marsden grant awarded

We are excited to announce that a Marsden grant was awarded to Julia Horsfield (University of Otago, NZ), Justin O’Sullivan (University of Auckland, NZ) and us, to investigate how genes switch on at the start of life. The Marsden Fund, which was established in 1994 to fund excellent fundamental research, is a contestable fund administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Looking forward to exciting collaborations across continents 🙂

EMBO Workshop: Maternal-to-Zygotic Transition

The MPI-CBG will host the EMBO Workshop “Awakening of the Genome: The Maternal-to-Zygotic Transition” from 23rd to 26th of April, 2017.
Nadine Vastenhouw and her co-organizers Philip Zegerman, Howard Lipshitz, and Petr Svoboda will be hosting an eclectic roster of international experts cutting across disciplines, techniques, and model systems.
To learn more about the speakers, programme, and – of course – to register, please visit http://events.embo.org/17-mzt/
Feel free to print and display the workshop poster (here as full definition PDF).

 

Camilo Riquelme Guzmán

Camilo is from Santiago, Chile, a big city surrounded by hills and mountains (next to the Andes!). Here he pursued his undergraduate studies at the University of Chile and, in his second year, joined a microbiology laboratory (BEM) where he learned about peptide antibiotics. After that, he decided to jump from prokaryotic to eukaryotic and joined Enrique Brandan’s lab at the Catholic University of Chile, where he studied the role of the extracellular matrix in muscle fibrosis. Throughout the 4 years that he spent there, he became very interested in development and decided to make a big change in 2016. He moved 12,500 kilometers to Dresden to join Nadine Vastenhouw’s lab at MPI-CBG as a PhD student. Currently, Camilo is investigating the role of chromatin structure in the regulation of zygotic genome activation in zebrafish. In his free time, he likes outdoor activities such as climbing and biking, or just going out to see the wonders of nature.

Thesis Defense Carine

Carine sporting her "Doktorhut"

As the first Vastenhouw Lab Predoc student, Carine has successfully defended her thesis. Congratulations Carine, also on the impressive “Doktorhut” (special German version of the PhD graduation hat).

Genome Architecture Meeting at ICTP, Trieste

Lennart participated in the meeting “Genome Architecture in Space and Time”, which took place at the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste from June 20th to 24th. The venue would suggest a Physics and Theory heavy meeting – and certainly there was some of that – but the conference covered various aspects of genome architecture. From newest biophysical and imaging approaches, via medical relevance of aberrations in genomic structural elements, to polymer folding models, a truly eclectic mix of questions and approaches was presented. Unusual for an international meeting, the invited speakers had about 45 minutes each. Throughout, this time was put to good use, allowing comprehensive introductions, sometimes reaching back decades to lead up to the most up-to-date questions.

Segmented Cells

FISHing fish, explained on thenode

Our recent publication is covered in a piece on FISHing fish. Check out the description and a bit of a behind-the-scenes insight into of the paper!

Link to post on thenode

Paper reference:

Stapel, L Carine; Lombardot, Benoit; Broaddus, Coleman; Kainmueller, Dagmar; Jug, Florian; Myers, Eugene W.; Vastenhouw, Nadine L.
Automated detection and quantification of single RNAs at cellular resolution in zebrafish embryos
Development, 143, no. 3, pp. 540-546, (2016)