This week, we’re very excited to welcome a brand new member of the Vastenhouw family! Ramya will be joining our lab as a postdoc, fresh from a previous postdoc position in the US.
As with the usual Vastenhouw lab tradition, we treated her to a fun night out in Dresden. We kicked off the night with a tasty dinner in the Altstadt and delicious heiße Birne – hot pear juice topped with whipped cream. Yummy!
We also tested our creativity (and knowledge of Coldplay songs) with a fun game of Dixit.
Here’s to more fun times ahead!
A lot of movement in the lab so far this fall!
At the end of September, we bade a fond farewell to 2 Vastenhouwies:
- Dinara spent her summer with us, as part of the IMPRS Summer Internship, where she learnt to work with zebrafish and performed CRISPR.
- After ~4 years with the Vastenhouw lab, Lennart is now off to Karlsruhe Institute of Technology to start his own group.
During the first two weeks of October, we welcomed 3 newcomers to the lab.
- Diana is expanding her scientific experience and joining our group for a Master’s rotation project.
- A new chapter begins for Noémie and Hann, as they embark on their PhD journey!
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!
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.
We joined forces with members of Gaia Pigino’s lab for an artsy day of Easter Egg Painting!
So many artistic approaches to design our eggs, including lacquer/wax painting and onion peel/colouring dye.
Check out our Lab egg on the right, showing the different nationalities that make up the Vastenhouw Lab (Currywurst – Germany, Cornflower – Estonia, Tulip – the Netherlands, Hungarian Paprika – Hungary, Hamburger – USA, Maple Leaf – Canada)