Itinerary: Candle making – Burger lunch – Hike along Canalettoweg to Schloss Sonnenstein
Many thanks to Sabrina for planning Lab Fun Day 2018! And check out Ksenia’s above Google movie!
A lot of movement in the lab so far this fall!
At the end of September, we bade a fond farewell to 2 Vastenhouwies:
During the first two weeks of October, we welcomed 3 newcomers to the lab.
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!
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.
Edlyn returned from the 8th Annual MPI-CBG Postdoc Retreat, which took place in Lwowek Slaski, Poland, from 11-13th of June, 2018.
The three-day retreat featured talks from fellow postdocs at the institute & invited speakers, career panel session, and an afternoon of rafting along the Bóbr River.
Happy birthday to the North Americans in the lab, Davide and Edlyn!
The Vastenhouwies kicked off the week with a double dose of sweets, two berry-licious cakes,
and chilling with former lab members, Máté and Pavel.
Congratulations Máté! No ATAC today. Instead, Máté successfully defended his PhD.
18 figurines gathered on Máté’s Doktorhut, making him the most connected member of the Vastenhouw lab!
We also bid Máté a fond farewell on this day. Best wishes for your next adventure!
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.