Instead of taking part in our annual celebrations of St. Martin’s goose (or Martinsgans in German, refer to our previous posts: The One with the Goose and Another one with the Goose), this year we opted for a potluck dinner to welcome the latest addition to our group: Martino Ugolini. Everyone brought a dish and we indulged in good food with great company.
Welcome Martino! And we wish you lots of fun and exciting findings ahead as you embark on your PhD journey!
Martino was born in Heidelberg and grew up in Berlin. He studied in Pisa at the University of Pisa and at the Scuola Normale Superiore. During the summer between his second and third year, he worked in G. Cecere’s Lab at the Institut Pasteur (Paris) on the role of piRNAs in gene regulation in C. elegans. For his Bachelor’s thesis, he studied the age-dependent effect of the drug Rotenone on the lifespan of the short-lived killifish N. furzeri under the supervision of A. Cellerino. During his Master’s thesis, he studied the age-dependent regulation of the synaptic transcriptome in mice in A. Cellerino’s Lab (Jena). After discovering the MPI during a summer internship at the Bruguès Lab, he joined the Vastenhouw Lab as a predoc, where he will be studying the chromatin organization during the zygotic genome activation (ZGA). In his free time, he plays the violin, listens to music and watches movies.
Congratulations to our collaborators Yuko and the rest of the Kimura lab for their work on active transcription and histone acetylation dynamics. Twas a wonderful scientific collaboration with Lennart and Nadine, and they are happy to see the published research out in Development!
My paper is finally out! Visualization of active transcription and histone modification dynamics in living zebrafish embryo. Thanks for the collaboration! @NVastenhouw @LennartHilbert @VasilyZaburdaev @successprocess @OHaruka_TITech @Cell_Tokyo_Tech https://t.co/BIxXnirSB0 pic.twitter.com/jV5UuU62tk
— Yuko Sato (@YukoSatoT2) September 30, 2019
Congrats Diana on defending your Master’s thesis!
The Vastenhouw Lab sends off another Master into the world!
Check out our summer cork board below, and you’ll find that the Vastenhouwies took part in many adventures. Even when we’re away from the lab, we like to keep our curious mind active and explore the wonders of science:
Get up close and personal with a tardigrade at Micropia (Museum of Microbes) in Amsterdam, See the showcase of Alfred Nobel and past and current Nobel Laureates at the Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm, Interact with DNA and nucleosomes at the Health Care Museum in Tallinn, and And when in Moscow, check out Moscow State University.
Summertime also means taking advantage of nice weather and summer events: the annual Elbhangfest festival along the Elbe River, a pleasant journey along Elbewegrad (Elbe River Bike Path) to Pirna, and heading out for lunch together as a bike gang.
Even though home is across the pond, that won’t stop a Canuck from celebrating Canada Day on July 1st!
Gather the labmates, plant the Canadian flag, and celebrate with Canadian beer 🍁
On May 19-21, our predocs Hann and Ksenia took some time off from the fishies to journey to Prague for the 2019 DIPP PhD retreat. DIPP PhD retreats are always organised by students and have a strict no-PI policy. This year, Ksenia was one of the organisers and she had a blast doing it!
We are back from lab retreat! This year’s retreat took place in Altenberg, a town in the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains) about 30 km from Dresden.
Each lab member discussed where the current field is, where their project will lead to, the status of their research project, and their goals and action plans in the upcoming months. We were not only scientifically nourished by our labmates, but also by the friendly hotel staff.
Fun activities in the program included hiking, bowling (aka “kegel” in Germany), ping pong, board games, and alpaca-spotting!