Our team is expanding for the next couple of months, as Saygin and Nancy are joining to hone their molecular biology skills.
Saygin will check the metabolic characteristics of the cells in different cell cycle phases. He will work under the supervision of Dilyana to complete his lab rotation, as part of the Regenerative Biology and Medicine Master program at BIOTEC/CRTD.
Nancy will join our lab to complete her Bachelor thesis at the Brandenburg University of Technology. She will be supervised by Igor and together, they will focus on the mysteries of the ubiquitin-like modification: UFMylation.
Gabor and Igor spent an amazing couple of days in Croatia, getting charged by the sun, sea breeze and mixture of wonderful people. All this, while immersing themselves in the newest and hottest ubiquitin-related research. On top of that, both of them presented posters on their PhD projects making sure that the link between UFMylation and cell cycle as well as the advantages of E2~dID are getting proper attention.
Yet another year has passed and we had again a chance to participate in the biggest scientific outreach activity in Dresden: The Long Night of Science. Equipped with the fluorescent microscope and our reporter cell lines, we spread the knowledge about mitosis and how fluorescence has been adapted by scientists to visualise the intricate dynamics of molecular processes.
Congratulations to Igor who just submitted his work "Targeted loss of function screen for cell cycle regulating E2 conjugating enzymes identifies UFC1 as a regulator of G1 phase progression". Already looking forward to Igor's defence at the end of the year!
Once again, we decided to take advantage of the beautiful surroundings of Dresden and venture into the Saxonian Switzerland for an annual hike. This time, we went off the beaten track and did a little bit of bouldering to get to the top.
Cindy spent amazing three months in our lab putting a lot of hard work into improving our CRSIPR/Cas9 knock-out pipeline. To conclude the project, Cindy handed in a written report and gave a presentation in front of a committee. It was pointed out by professor Gerd Kempermann that Cindy's report was exceptional, very informative and put together very well. After giving an amazing presentation, Cindy was bombarded with questions and defended her rotation project for a straight 1.0.
We celebrated winter and approaching Xmas by strolling through Dresden's Christmas markets. We had some Langos at Neumarkt, lots of great mulled wine at the Medieval Christmas Market and finally some more at Striezelmarkt. Real winter bonding!