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.

Camilo completed his 4 weeks of practical training

Our new PhD student Camilo completed the 4 weeks of practicals, which are an essential part of the PhD Program. He learned about mouse neurogenesis, planarian regeneration, temperature dependence of cell dynamics and in addition developed some basic programming skills. A job well done, Camilo!

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!

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 🙂

Lab retreat 2016 – Saxon Switzerland

In September 2016, the Vastenhouw lab participated in its annual lab retreat located this year in Saxon Switzerland. Till Bartke from Imperial College London and Jop Kind from the Hubrecht Institute were our invited speakers and they provided fascinating talks. The science was great and the discussions were fruitful. We also had team bonding activities - hiking and rafting. We are all looking forward to the next one!

EMBO Workshop: Maternal-to-Zygotic Transition

The MPI-CBG will host the EMBO Workshop “Awakening of the Genome: The Maternal-to-Zygotic Transition” from 23rd to 26th of April, 2017.
Nadine Vastenhouw and her co-organizers Philip Zegerman, Howard Lipshitz, and Petr Svoboda will be hosting an eclectic roster of international experts cutting across disciplines, techniques, and model systems.
To learn more about the speakers, programme, and – of course – to register, please visit http://events.embo.org/17-mzt/
Feel free to print and display the workshop poster (here as full definition PDF).