Lab News

Rosanne Hertzberger and Bas Teusink in a podcast on Nick Lane’s ‘The vital question’

Rosanne interviewed Bas Teusink for a  podcast to further explain the concepts discussed in the book ‘The vital question’ by Nick Lane. You can listen to the podcast here

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Bas on national TV: ‘de 5 smaken van Joël’

Bas Teusink featured in the first episode of ‘de 5 smaken van Joël’. In this series Joël Broekaert investigates the 5 basic tastes and this episode had the theme ‘sweet‘. Bas explains why people are so fond of sweet food. The episode first aired on Jan 2, 2018 and can be seen here (in Dutch,

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Bas and Jurgen have joined the management team of AIMMS

Since January 1, 2018 Bas has become the director of the Amsterdam Institute for Molecules, Medicines and Systems (AIMMS) and Jurgen has become the managing director. Jurgen has now also become a staff member of the Systems Bioinformatics group. More info on AIMMS can be found here  

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Our paper on the statistics of single cell bacterial growth is published

In this paper we describe a methodology for the prediction, analysis and tests of consistency of single-cell growth and protein expression data from a few basic statistical principles. You can find it here.  

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We organise a ‘Winter Masterclass’ on modeling microbial growth and metabolism

Together with our colleagues of the Theoretical Biology group at the University of Utrecht, we will organise a Winter Masterclass on 15-16 February 2018. As with all good things in research, this masterclass will be focused on quality instead of quantity. It is aimed at providing a thorough understanding of a relatively small number of

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Bas obtained new funding from EraCoBiotech for the proposal ‘Yoghurtdesign’

Bas was awarded a 950k euro grant to study microbial interactions in yoghurt. More information on the AIMMS website

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Jurgen obtained his University Teaching Qualification (BKO)

Jurgen is now certified to teach at university level (University Teaching Qualification or Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs). Yesterday he received his certificate, flowers and a digital presenting device after completing the individualised track for this course. His course teacher described his teaching as:  ‘Jurgen’s enthusiasm is contagious’  

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Comparison of landfarming amendments to improve bioremediation of petroleum hydrocarbons in Niger Delta soils

In a newly published study, the most effective way to break down hydrocarbon in oil contaminated soil in the Niger Delta has been examined. The study involved members of the IUCN Niger Delta Panel, in addition to international remediation experts and scientists, amongst whom were Rob van Spanning and Juami van Gils from the Department

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We published our work on the relation between protein expression noise and growth rate in Bacillus subtilis

We hope you like the paper, it is here. We had a great time working on it! Its amazing how quantitatively balanced growth and protein expression of microorganisms can be studied with simple shake flasks, a flow cytometer, some useful statistical tricks, and a titratable fluorescent reporter protein, which Niclas engineered all by himself.

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We published a new review paper on phenotypic variability

Go and see it here, we hope you like it! We tried to give a fairly comprehensive overview of some of the mechanisms underlying phenotypic variation and diversification in populations of microorganisms and how phenotypic variation influences fitness.

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