Lab Retreat 2017

Tis that time of the year again! This year’s Vastenhouw Lab retreat took place in Technische Universität (TU) Dresden’s Computer Science green building. Together with Vasily Zaburdaev (MPI-PKS) and Thomas Quail (Jan Brugues lab, MPI-CBG), we had a matinee of stimulating and fruitful discussions.

In the evening, we all gathered around a kitchen and bar – where we got to cook our dinner and shake our cocktails (with some help from the professionals). A festive night for the Vastenhouw Lab! There were also hellos and goodbyes. We welcomed new lab members and said farewell to the veterans, as they transition to the next chapter of their career.

        

 

Celebrate! Carine’s paper is out & Happy birthday Máté

Cake and champagne to celebrate Máté’s birthday and Carine’s latest achievement: her research on how transcriptional noise is resolved in the embryo is out! Shout out to Christoph Zechner (Center for Systems Biology Dresden), who collaborated with Carine on this story.

Check out the paper in Genes & Development’s August 15th issue: http://genesdev.cshlp.org/content/early/2017/09/13/gad.302935.117

which will feature the cover illustration (below right) from Julia Eichhorn (Media Technologies & Outreach, MPI-CBG).

Science cruise along the Elbe River

2017.08.17 – Pavel and Edlyn took part in DRESDEN-concept’s Wissenschaftsfahrt (Science Cruise). They joined other fellow researchers (from MPI-CBG and around Dresden) to celebrate Dresden as an outstanding city for science and culture.

DRESDEN-concept (Dresden Research and Education Synergies for the Development of Excellence and Novelty) is a research alliance that aims to “realize synergies in research, teaching, infrastructure and administration”. MPI-CBG is among the many partners of this network. For more information, visit: www.dresden-concept.de/en/home.html

The evening was filled with mingling with scientists, a speech from Dr. Eva-Maria Stange (the Saxon State Minister of Science and Fine Arts), enjoying music from a live band, and taking in the beautiful landscapes along the Elbe River.

 

 

 

 

 

Máté at the Zebrafish Meeting in Hungary

July 3rd – 7th, 2017: Máté attended the 10th European Zebrafish Meeting in his hometown, Budapest, and gave a talk in the Genomics/Epigenetics session. The conference brought together the ever-growing zebrafish community (over 500 participants) and covered a wide range of topics. Those who missed it will have to wait until 2020, when the next EZM takes place in Prague.

 

 

Science outreach – for juniors and seniors

Last month Pavel, Lennart, and Máté shared their enthusiasm for science as part of the “Junior Doktor” and “Seniorenakademie” series at our institute.

Pavel taught highly motivated pupils from primary school about the evolution of the eye. This was followed up by a microscopy session where the ‘scientists of the future’ got to look at zebrafish pineal glands and stained nuclei of zebrafish embryos.

Máté gave a seminar about transcription factors to an excited elder audience. He talked about general concepts of how transcription factors can orchestrate gene expression programs with some examples from his own research in zebrafish.

Edlyn Wu

Edlyn was born in Montréal, Canada. She grew up enjoying the Montréal winter and cheering on her favourite hockey team: the Montreal Canadiens. Edlyn majored in Biochemistry at McGill University. She was among the first students to join Dr. Thomas Duchaine’s lab, where she completed her MSc and PhD. Her focus was understanding the mechanism of microRNA-mediated gene silencing, using C. elegans as a model organism. With a passion for traveling, and a long standing interest in zebrafish and early developmental biology, she moved to Europe and joined the Vastenhouw group in January 2017. Edlyn is investigating the molecular events that regulate the timing of zygotic genome activation.