This month, we bid a warm goodbye to Davide over a tasty pasta dinner. Davide spent over a year with us as a Masters student and is now off to a short adventure in Guatemala and then to Zurich to start his PhD!
We are all sad to see you go Davide, but alas, when one door closes, another opens.
We wish you the best of luck on your new adventure and hope you come back to visit soon!
A lot of movement in the lab so far this fall!
At the end of September, we bade a fond farewell to 2 Vastenhouwies:
- Dinara spent her summer with us, as part of the IMPRS Summer Internship, where she learnt to work with zebrafish and performed CRISPR.
- After ~4 years with the Vastenhouw lab, Lennart is now off to Karlsruhe Institute of Technology to start his own group.
During the first two weeks of October, we welcomed 3 newcomers to the lab.
- Diana is expanding her scientific experience and joining our group for a Master’s rotation project.
- A new chapter begins for Noémie and Hann, as they embark on their PhD journey!
Hello, Goodbye picture-moments. For Lennart: heartwarming goodbyes and our last hearty lunch meal together. For Dinara: an afternoon of coffee and sweets, together with Henrike from Michael Hiller‘s group (Dinara’s micro-injection buddy). For our newbies: a merry evening to welcome them to the Vastenhouw group. Many thanks to Elisa (from Norden lab) & Tommaso for the Melanzane alla parmigiana! Eat a lot today, tomorrow we will walk it off!
About once a month, DIPP PhD students gather to share & discuss their research with their peers in an informal atmosphere, along with pizza. Pizza Science and Beyond (PSB) is an initiative from the Student representatives of the DIPP predocs.
How is transcription organised in the nucleus? How does the chromatin become open? Does Mate really have a wikipedia page?… and many other questions were discussed.
Photos by Shady El-Husseiny
It’s official! This October, Lennart will be starting his own group at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT),
as a Junior Professor for Systems Biology/Bioinformatics. The lab’s research theme will be
“Computational Architectures in the Cell Nucleus”.
Congrats Lennart on your new position!
Congratulations to Nadine and Jan Brugués!
Nadine and Jan received a 1.5 million Euro grant from the Volkswagen Foundation (VolkswagenStiftung), as part of the funding initiative “Life? – A Fresh Scientific Approach to the Basic Principles of Life”.
The two groups will collaborate on the project “The spark of life: initiation of transcription in embryos, and recapitulating such in synthetic nuclei”.
The Germans have a perfect word (and attitude) for how one should end their work day: Feierabend (literally translates to “party evening”). Together with the Brugués lab, we hung up our pipettes, turned off those microscopes, bade farewell to our pet fish and frogs for the day, and partied together to celebrate Nadine and Jan’s achievement.
Contact us if you’re interesting in joining our team to investigate the physical principles that govern transcription initiation during early embryo development.
Dinara is a Master student of Novosibirsk State University, which is located in the middle of Siberia in the scientific town called Akademgorodok. There, she is studying cell biology and genetics, and doing her research project in the laboratory of developmental epigenetics under the supervision of Prof. S.M. Zakian and S.P. Medvedev. Her research topic is related to cell modeling in neurodegenerative disorders on patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells. During her Bachelor’s studies, she worked with Huntington’s disease cell model and now, for her Master’s, she is studying the molecular mechanisms involved in the progression of Parkinson’s disease. In spite of such neuroscientific direction in her research, she had always been fascinated by embryology and developmental biology – dating back to an embryology course in her university.
This summer, she is doing an internship in the Vastenhouw lab – an opportunity to work with zebrafish embryos and to study the transcriptional landscape during early zebrafish development.
Apart from science, Dinara is interested in dancehall dancing, horseback riding, skating, and travelling.