Lab News

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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Amsterdam Biohackathon – De Waag July 8th & 9th

On July 8th and 9th, de Waag will open its doors for the first Amsterdam Biohackathon, organised by digi.bio. We will get our hands on programmable microfluidic devices, digital biology, and artificial intelligence. Want to know more? Here is the official website.

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Lab retreat 2017 was a great success

We all moved for three days to Groesbeek for our yearly lab retreat, this year organised by three new PhD students, Eunice, Daan and Sieze. They did a wonderful job: many people introduced a problem in the morning, from technical (how to model complex communities) to more evolutionary (why do lactic acid bacteria make flavours?),

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paper by Johan got three stars recommendation at F1000

Herbert Sauro, systems and synthetic biologist from University of Washington, Seattle, recommended the 2015 BioEssays review that Johan wrote together with Frank and Bas, saying it is an essential read for biochemistry textbook writers. The review is about the regulation of glycolysis, explained from a functional supply-demand perspective. See for the recommendation text. Thanks for the

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