Easter Egg-citement

We joined forces with members of Gaia Pigino’s lab for an artsy day of Easter Egg Painting!

So many artistic approaches to design our eggs, including lacquer/wax painting and onion peel/colouring dye.

Check out our Lab egg on the right, showing the different nationalities that make up the Vastenhouw Lab (Currywurst – Germany, Cornflower – Estonia, Tulip – the Netherlands, Hungarian Paprika – Hungary, Hamburger – USA, Maple Leaf – Canada)

Let’s get biophysical

Last week, the Vastenhouw lab was at the Biotechnology Center of TU Dresden (BIOTEC) for a symposium on the “Biophysics in the Nucleus”, with Nadine among the co-organizers. The meeting featured an excellent line up of speakers in the fields of chromatin remodeling, nuclear architecture, and transcription mechanisms.

Lots of fascinating talks and stimulating discussions covering many disciplines – biophysics, biochemistry, genetics, genomics, and single molecule microscopy!

Both Lennart and Máté were selected to give a talk, and Ksenia and David presented a poster of their projects.

 

 

Máté presenting his PhD work on the last day of the symposium.

Let them eat cake!

To satisfy everyone’s taste buds, Nadine spoiled us with five different cakes.

Happy birthday Nadine! May the upcoming year be as sweet as these five cakes combined!

 

Ksenia: ✓ TAC

Freues neues Jahr! Happy New Year!

 

Congrats to Ksenia for passing her first Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting!

With full support from her committee members, Ksenia is ready to push her PhD projects forward into 2018.

Welcome Predocs 2017!

In the month of November, Ksenia and 29 other PhD students from the International Max Planck Research School for Cell, Developmental and Systems Biology (IMPRS-CellDevoSys) took part in their month-long Predoc course. Each week, students attended lectures and practicals in the field of Chemistry, Biophysics, Biology, and Computational Biology with the research groups at CBG, CSBD, and PKS. This was an opportunity for students to learn about the ongoing research and techniques used by each group. Many students also took part in a scientific writing course.

While enriching their scientific knowledge, students also had to exercise their creative minds. At the end, all the predocs put together a very entertaining Special Friday Seminar for the CBG-CSBD community – “Lessons Learned: Special Report on the 2017 Predoc Course”.

New friendships were formed and curious minds were nourished, as the students familiarized with their new home for the next 3-4 years. We hope they will form a supportive group for one another throughout their PhD.

  

Be our guest: Haruka Oda

Yet another exciting exchange for both the Vastenhouw and Kimura lab!

It was our pleasure to host Haruka Oda, a postdoctoral fellow from the lab of Dr. Hiroshi Kimura (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan). During her short visit, Haruka monitored the early embryo stages of zebrafish and collected them for western blot analyses on her favourite proteins. A very pleasant week both in and outside the lab, including feasting on St. Martin’s goose, exploring Dresden, and catching a glimpse of the city’s Christmas markets.

    

 

 

The One with the Goose

The legend goes that St. Martin once gave a homeless person half his coat, and saved them from the cold. With this good deed, the Church officials wanted to honour St. Martin by ordaining him as the next bishop. Being a modest man, he hid in a goose pen to avoid the Church officials. Well, the cackling of the geese betrayed him and the goose became the symbol of St. Martin’s day.

The lab celebrated the German tradition of Martinsgans (St. Martin’s goose) over a festive meal: roasted goose, Knudeln (German dumplings), Wurst (sausage), Flammkuchen (flame cake, German flatbread), and Kartoffeltasche (potato bag).

We also welcomed our guest for the week, Dr. Haruka Oda, a postdoctoral fellow from the lab of Dr. Hiroshi Kimura at Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Book chapter on how to smFISH in zebrafish embryos

Interested in detecting single transcripts from zebrafish embryos? or applying smFISH to your research?

Carine’s chapter in Methods in Molecular Biology is out!

The chapter provides a detailed protocol: from setting up the embryos to cryosection, to smFISH, to image analysis.

You’ll also find a description of the pipeline for membrane segmentation and transcription detection.

Visit Book Chapter at Methods in Molecular Biology