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Amy Dowdle’s visit

At the beginning of May we had the pleasure of welcoming Amy Dowdle from the lab of Julia Horsfield, University of Otago, New Zealand. It was an exciting one week visit as part of a working collaboration between our two labs. The week involved developmentally staging zebrafish embryos to testing morpholinos on the timing of genome activation. We look forward to many more exchanges of knowledge and skills in the future!

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Thesis defence Max

Max was one of the first Vastenhouw Lab PhD students. This month, he has successfully defended his thesis. We celebrated his achievement with cheese fondue and a few drinks!
We wish Max all the best for his future research!
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Happy holidays!

The Vastenhouw lab wishes all of you a great holiday season and a happy new year

To celebrate the holiday season, we gathered at Nadine’s home earlier this month to celebrate Dutch Santa Claus (Sinterklaas). This included a ‘white elephant gift exchange’ in which a tea towel became the source of a heavy battle. We mixed it up with some Australian culture and enjoyed a delicious “Aussie Barbie” lunch thanks to Shai and his advanced BBQ-ing skills. Meanwhile, we got a gift every day in the lab, as well. Sabrina made a typical German Advents calendar for which she – atypically - used pipet tip boxes. The boxes were filled with goodies by all of us and each day in December we could open one of these boxes. We got face masks, cookie cutters and two remote controlled cars (!!), but mostly we ate a lot of candy. We wish you all a wonderful end of the year and a happy, healthy and successful 2017.

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Camilo completed his 4 weeks of practical training

Our new PhD student Camilo completed the 4 weeks of practicals, which are an essential part of the PhD Program. He learned about mouse neurogenesis, planarian regeneration, temperature dependence of cell dynamics and in addition developed some basic programming skills. A job well done, Camilo!

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DIPP predoc course at the Vastenhouw lab

Our lab participated in teaching a week-long practical course to students of the Dresden Internation PhD Program (DIPP) who are in the first year of their PhD.
The students learned about the CRISPR-Cas9 system and how it can be applied to model organisms such as zebrafish for efficient genome editing and mutagenesis.
Amongst others, with CRISPR they managed to mutate a gene required for pigmentation of the zebrafish!

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Congratulations Lucia, on graduating with distinction!

Last October, after 2 years of hard work our master student, Lucia Selfa, graduated with distinction from the Master's Program "Regenerative Biology and Medicine”! She carried out one of her lab rotations and her Masters Thesis in the Vastenhouw lab. She was a fantastic member of the lab, contributing both scientifically and socially. She thoroughly enjoyed the time spent in the Vastenhouw lab and will always remember the interesting scientific discussions and fun lab outings. She will miss all the special people she has met in Dresden, inside and outside the labs and institutes! The Vastenhouw lab wishes her lots of success in her future endeavours!

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Lab retreat 2016 – Saxon Switzerland

In September 2016, the Vastenhouw lab participated in its annual lab retreat located this year in Saxon Switzerland. Till Bartke from Imperial College London and Jop Kind from the Hubrecht Institute were our invited speakers and they provided fascinating talks. The science was great and the discussions were fruitful. We also had team bonding activities - hiking and rafting. We are all looking forward to the next one!

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Carine Stapel attends the MBL Embryology Course 2016

From June 4 to July 17 Carine joined the MBL Embryology course in Woods Hole. This course has a longstanding tradition (since 1893) in teaching students, postdocs and faculty the nuts and bolts of developmental biology. From C. elegans, chick and ctenophore to sea urchin, snails and squid (and zebrafish of course!), the morning lectures and experiments that lasted until the wee hours of the night covered them all. Now let’s see if she can convince the Vastenhouw lab to add some new species to its repertoire!