Lab News

Pint of Science event hosting Avis as a speaker!

After two years of online events, Pint of Science is back in your local pub! Pint22 will be hosting Science talks from May 9-11 and you will be able to enjoy mind-blowing scientific talks with a cold beer at your local bar in Amsterdam. The program of this year includes talks about laboratory meat, plant-based

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A new paper published on optimal H ATP synthase expression in E coli

We recently published a new paper, https://febs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/febs.16401. Below you find a short reflection on this paper. Microbial behaviour has been shaped by evolution. Our understanding is that the best adapted genetic variants are outcompeting the others — which explains their frequency increase and their selection. These fit variants generate novel genetic variants, which perform even

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Internship students symposium 2022

On March 11th we had a very exciting Internship Students Symposium! A total of 23 students from the MCB department presented the work that their are going to do in the lab in front of their peers and the staff. About 50 people joined the symposium and we had a very lively scientific discussion after

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Publication Paul Iturbe-Espinoza

Adaptive changes of sediment microbial communities associated with cleanup of oil spills in Nigerian mangrove forests.

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Evelina and Johan awarded an A-LIFE Early Career Support Grant

We are very excited with the news that Evelina and Johan were both awarded an early-career support grant by the recently formed A-life. These grants will allow both of them to appoint a PhD student and to further develop their research endeavors through new collaborations within A-life.

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Eunice won the LABIP poster award for excellent research with industrial relevance

At the13th international symposium on lactic acid bacteria Eunice van Pelt – KleinJan, PhD student in Bas Teusink’s group, won the LABIP poster award for excellent research with industrial relevance. The poster “Proteome constraints shape Lactococcus lactis’ metabolic behaviour” shows that we can understand the changes and choices in energy metabolism that Lactococcus lactis (needed a.o. for Gouda cheese) makes,

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‘Swim or grow? Reserach article with Remco.

Research article with Remco: Different Resource Allocation in a Bacillus subtilis Population Displaying Bimodal Motility. Collaboration between TNO, UvA and VU about resource allocation in Bacillus subtilis leads to new study published in Journal of Bacteriology this month (June 2021).

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Publication by Chrats: High biodiversity in a benzene-degrading nitrate-reducing culture is sustained by a few primary consumers.

A key question in microbial ecology is what the driving forces behind the persistence of large biodiversity in natural environments are. We studied a microbial community with more than 100 different types of species which evolved in a 15-years old bioreactor with benzene as the main carbon and energy source and nitrate as the electron

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Article published by Paul : Effects of DNA preservation solution and DNA extraction methods on microbial community profiling of soil

Abstract Microbial community profiling using high-throughput sequencing relies in part on the preservation of the DNA and the effectiveness of the DNA extraction method. This study aimed at understanding to what extent these parameters affect the profiling. We obtained samples treated with and without a preservation solution. Also, we compared DNA extraction kits from Qiagen

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Nature review article by Evelina : Intracellular mRNA transport and localized translation.

Abstract Fine-tuning cellular physiology in response to intracellular and environmental cues requires precise temporal and spatial control of gene expression. High-resolution imaging technologies to detect mRNAs and their translation state have revealed that all living organisms localize mRNAs in subcellular compartments and create translation hotspots, enabling cells to tune gene expression locally. Therefore, mRNA localization

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