Bringing in the Lunar New Year spirit into the Vastenhouw Lab!
Happy Year of the Dog! <woof>
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Máté reached an important milestone of his PhD studies – thesis submission! High-Five Máté for crunching your way through thesis writing and making it through!
Next up: thesis defense.
2017.10.30: Congratulations Shai on successfully defending his PhD!
Many thanks to our artistically talented Sabrina for making Shai’s fantastic Doktorhut,
which features past and current lab members partying at “Shai’s Histone Cocktail Bar” atop the hat.
All the best to Shai in his new career path!
Photo credit (top featured image): IMPRS PhD program
20.10.2017: With ~3 years of research experience at CBG up his sleeve, it was now Lennart’s time to take centre stage and present his research to the CBG community at the internal Friday Seminar series. The showcase was followed by social hour with fellow scientists. We capped our Friday off with a belated birthday celebration over delicious burgers.