Lab Photo Session 2017

Julia Eichhorn from the CBG Photolab braved the freezing cold with us for our lab photo. Look at the snow!

There's also a photo of Mate taking a photo of Julia taking a photo of Edlyn. To avoid overly frozen smiles during our individual headshots, we did head back inside after all. Thanks Julia, great photos!

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.

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!

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!

Shai wins short talk prize “Epigenetics In Development”

On October 20-22, almost half of the Vastenhouwlab participated at the Epigenetics in Development conference held at the IMB in Mainz, Germany. This exciting meeting brought together scientist from all over the world to discuss their view how epigenetics and gene regulation shapes a developing embryo. The topic was covered a broad range of perspectives from point mutations through chromatin landscapes to evolution.
 
Excitingly, Shai was selected to give his short talk “Competition between histones and transcription factor binding regulates zebrafish genome activation”, for which he was awarded the short talk prize. Congratulations, Shai!
 
Apart from the scientific program, one entire afternoon was dedicated to the excursion to a beautiful monastery, Kloster Eberbach, including a guided tour with wine tasting and a grand finish having a wonderful gala dinner.
 
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Marsden grant awarded

We are excited to announce that a Marsden grant was awarded to Julia Horsfield (University of Otago, NZ), Justin O’Sullivan (University of Auckland, NZ) and us, to investigate how genes switch on at the start of life. The Marsden Fund, which was established in 1994 to fund excellent fundamental research, is a contestable fund administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Looking forward to exciting collaborations across continents 🙂