Lab News

We organised an introductory systems biology course

As part of the BioSB Research School, which brings together bioinformaticians and systems biologists, we organised an introductory systems-biology course. In this course, we focussed on the basics of mathematical modelling of molecular circuits and the emergent properties of those circuits, such as their (in)stability, robustness and (in)sensitivity properties. We will organise a similar course next

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Our time-lapse segmentation and tracking algorithm can now also track growing S. pombe

We have been hard at work developing an automated segmentation and tracking tool to analyse microscopic time-lapse movies of growing bacteria. After a few minor adjustments and additions we can now also segment and track fission yeast (Schizosaccharomyces pombe) growing on an agarose pad. Our algorithm is now in its final stages of development and testing, and

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Sam Seaver from Argonne National Laboratory visited the lab

Dr. Sam Seaver is bioinformatician at Argonne National Laboratory known from e.g. modelSEED and works on (automation of) metabolic reconstructions. He discussed with lab members and presented a seminar. Sam was on a tour through Europe  and we were privileged enough to be on his tour list!

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Rick joined the group with distinction

Rick who started his PhD 1st of November got his diploma yesterday “with distinction“. Well done Rick!

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Incredibly sad news: lab member Wilfred Roling passed away

With shock and disbelieve we learned that our colleague, collaborator and supervisor dr Wilfred Roling, associated professor from our department, died on Friday the 25th of September, at the age of 48 years. Wilfred was passionate about science, our expert in microbial ecology, and a quiet rock in the often dynamic organisation of the department.

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Iraes Rabbers got her first 1st author paper

Iraes wrote a very concise and clear review on Metabolism at Evolutionary Optimal States Abstract Metabolism is generally required for cellular maintenance and for the generation of offspring under conditions that support growth. The rates, yields (efficiencies), adaptation time and robustness of metabolism are therefore key determinants of cellular fitness. For biotechnological applications and our

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New paper out by Jurgen Haanstra

Biogenesis, maintenance and dynamics of glycosomes in trypanosomatid parasites Highlights • Glycosomes are specialized peroxisomes in protists of the taxon Kinetoplastea • Glycosomes compartmentalize enzymes of glycolysis and some other metabolic processes • Compartmentation compensates for a lack of feedback regulation of glycolytic enzymes • Glycosome turnover and dynamics play important roles in remodelling of

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We produced a success story in Systems Biology

The ISBE consortium, an ESFRI roadmap initiative for an Infrastructure for Systems Biology Europe has produced a booklet with success stories of Systems Biology applications. Work from our group is being described. See http://issuu.com/systemsbiologyireland/docs/isbe_case_studies_full_final_july15

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Success with grant proposals: vacancies!

Our lab has been rather successful lately with grants. Frank obtained a new EraSysApp grant for yeast systems biology (PD for 2 years), Bas got a STW proposal funded (1 PhD still open) for developing methods to select for product yield using our water-in-oil emulsion system (see Bachmann PNAS 2013). Bas is still looking for a

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Coco van Boxtel wins STAR PhD project

Coco van Boxtel wins the NWO-STAR Master student competition (together with three others) for her proposal on scheduling antibiotic drugs to fight microbial infections. STAR is an initiative of NWO, the Dutch funding agency, from which our Institute (AIMMS) obtained a grant to support 4 PhD projects on antimicrobial research.

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