The Vastenhouw lab has just participated in the Dresden International PhD Program selection week. Candidates from all over the world went through a challenging selection committee, followed by interviews by group leaders in range of institutes in the Dresden BIOPOLIS. The week culminated in the traditional PhD party with the theme this year being Game of Thrones. Good luck to all the candidates!!
The Vastenhouw lab has come back from its annual lab retreat. For the 3 days of the retreat, we stayed in Dolní Zálezly in the Czech Republic. The retreat stimulated many interesting discussions regarding individual projects, possible internal collaborations and future directions. Our invited guest was Prof. Dr. Christof Gebhardt, from the University of Ulm and he provided a fascinating talk regarding transcription factor binding kinetics. We also had time to do team bonding activities, which included rafting on the Elbe. Overall, it was a fabulous retreat and we are all looking forward to next years event.
Lennart just came back from the 2015 Zebrafish Development and Genetics course at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA. The panoramic shot below shows the idyllic location of the MBL campus: student housing on the left, a research buildings on the right, and the magnificent view of Eel Pond in the middle of Woods Hole.
The two week course covers an eclectic overview of backgrounds, concepts, and experimental approaches. The MBL and Woods Hole environment, the small course size of 22 participants, and the commitment of organizers and instructors allow for very hands-on training sessions and a very communal atmosphere. Check out the photos to get an impression of the training sessions and great social atmosphere that make this course so unique.
Mate took part at the Gene Expression course in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory from July 22-August 10. During the 3 weeks he had a lot of fun doing 17 different experiments and interacting with almost 20 top scientists in the transcription field. Having a beer with mates and instructors after long hours at the bench and in the classroom, sailing in the harbor and having a huge beach picnic with the whole group made for unforgettable moments and many new friends. The only bitter part in the 3 weeks was loosing in the famous plate race 😉
NB The wide angle shot is a group photo with James Watson.
Lots to celebrate! Vania has found a new PhD position at the CRTD in Dresden, which she will start in October. Good luck on the way! Krishnendu was voted for as best oral PostDoc presenter at the MPI-CBG PostDoc retreat. Cake + Champagne, and the weather played along 🙂
Hint for Vania's cake: it relates to her new position in neural development...
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