Worldwide Cancer Research awards the Bird Lab a project grant to study the molecular mechanisms of chromosomal instability in cancer
First Mechanistic Cell Biology Departmental Symposium a huge success, kicked of by an hour of chalk talks from Shweta, Arnaud, and Yu-Chih!
Welcome to Theresa Quinting, joining the lab for her 3rd master's rotation in Medical Biology from the Universität Duisburg-Essen
Alex back from speaking at the Genetics and Cell Biology PhD retreat (University of Duisburg-Essen Biomedical Sciences). A great opportunity to hear about interesting science going on in the area. Thanks to Jana Stanurova and the rest of the PhD students for organizing!
Thanks to Stephen Royle for visiting the institute and lab and telling us about the physical bases of kinetochore-fiber stability!
Good times and no casualites from the annual Bird Lab Weihnachtsmarkt trip
For the second year Shweta and Divya coorganized an amazing Diwali celebration party at the institute. Even bigger and better than last year!
Back from the IMPRS-Chemical and Molecular Biology PhD retreat in Velen. Shweta and Alex gave talks on mitotic microtuble stability and genome editing, and we heard a lot of interesting updates on work in the institute and partner universities.
Alex back from speaking at the European Cytoskeletal Forum in Postojna, Slovenia. A great meeting to hear about all the processes touched by the cytoskeleton. Thanks to Mirjana Liovic for organizing!
Arnaud, Divya, Yu-Chih, and Shweta all represented the lab at the 31st Ernst Klenk Symposium at the University of Cologne. A very exctiting lineup of speakers on the cytoskeleton, centrosomes, cilia, etc and all FREE! Thanks to the organizers.
Welcome to Lisa Mazul, joining the lab for her 1st master's rotation in Medical Biology from the Universität Duisburg-Essen
Welcome (back) to Lisa Mazul, joining the lab for her master thesis (and 3rd rotation) in Medical Biology from the Universität Duisburg-Essen
Alex back from giving a seminar at the University of Düsseldorf and visit of the Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II. Thanks to Roland Piekorz for some nice discussions and the invitation to speak!
Had a great three days hosting Gary Brouhard as the IMPRS Distinguished Guest. Thanks to Gary from peeling himself away from the microsopes during his sabbatical to head up for a visit. Gary gave a very entertaining talk, as usual, on microtubule nucleation.
Alex and Shweta return from the always enjoyable Chromosome Segreation and Aneuplody EMBO Workshop in Galway, Ireland. A great opportunity to share our work and reconnect with old friends and colleagues. Already looking forward to the next one in 2019!
Alex, Arnaud, and Divya represented the lab at the EMBO Microtubules conference in Heidelberg, presenting our work, meeting old friends, and enjoying an intense four days of catching up on all the cutting-edge advances in everything microtubule!
Welcome to Prachiti Moghe in the lab, visiting for 3 month research internship from the IISER in Pune, India.
Alex and Arnaud's "Introduction to Genome Modification" workshop/course drew a mich bigger crowd than anticipated with lots of late registrants! And with that good discussions about BAC recombineering and Cas9/CRISPR systems. Thanks to Lucia Sironi with the IMPRS-CB for organizing everything!
The Inaugural Ruhr Forum: Chromosomes and Cytoskeleton was a big success. Bringing together labs from around the area for a day of science talks from students and postdocs. Our lab was joined by those of Stefan Westermann, Gerben Vader, Perihan Nalbant, Dominik Boos, and Peter Bieling. Thanks to Dominik for coorganizing with us.
Back from an excellent departmental retreat at the Max Planck Society's beautiful Harnack Haus in Berlin. Great talks and better discussions from the Bird, Vader, Musacchio, and Vetter labs!
Alex had a great time at the MPI-CBG Dresden 15 year anniversary celebration! It was great to catch up with so many old friends, present our latest work to everybody, and hear about all the exciting science from MPI-CBG alumni!
Divya and Shweta for the third year helped co-organize a Diwali celebration at the institute, which was a great success! Tasty food, fun games, great dancing and really lovely to see the whole institute dressed up!
Great to host Cliff Brangwynne here at the institute and hear all about his lab's exciting work on phase transitions in biology! Really exciting stuff!
Lab Thanksgiving at the Bird House! Everybody chipped in and cooked a traditional dish for a lab holiday meal that really brought the Thanksgiving atmophere to Germany!
Shweta's paper on mitotic regulation of microtubule stability by GTSE1 is out and featured in the Dec 5 issue of JCB! Read the "In focus" preview about the work here.
Congratulations to Lisa Mazul, who succesfully defended her Master's Thesis in Medical Biology on GTSE1-induced chromosome missegregation in embryonic stem cells from the University of Duisburg-Essen. Outstanding work!
Welcome to Shraddha Amrikar from the Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology (IBB, University of Pune), who will be doing her Master's thesis work in the lab!
Welcome to Clarissa Becher from the University of Duisburg-Essen, joining the lab for an internship before moving on to her Master's studies.
Congrats to Lisa Mazul for her master's degree in Medical Biology from the University of Duisburg-Essen and a perfect (1.0) grade on her master's thesis "Investigating how the interaciton between GTSE1 and MCAK influences genome stability".
Alex back from a great Jacques Monod conference in Roscoff on "Actin and Microtubule Cytoskeleton". I found some microtubules!
Welcome to Dominic Heinecke, who is joining the lab as a new PhD student!
Our collaboration supporting the Carter lab's structural studies of dynein regulation is out in the June 15 issue of Cell! Congrats to Arnaud for the beautiful cell biology!
Alex elected as representative of the scientific employees of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology to the Biomedical Section of the Scientific Council of the Max Planck Society
Alex awarded 2017 Biomedicine-Science Award from the Society for the Advancement of Biomedical and Clinical Research (Verein zur Förderung der biomedizinischen und klinischen Forschung e.V.) for our work on microtubule stability and CIN - only possible from the hard work from the lab and in particular Shweta!
Shweta beauttifully and successfully defends her PhD thesis! Yaaahh!!! Congrats Dr. Bendre! Shweta's next adventure will be an exciting postdoc with Frank Bradke.
Our DFG grant on studying novel mechanisms of microtubule/spindle stability was fully funded!
Welcome to Jelena Meek, a master thesis student (Molecular Mechanims of Disease; Radboud University) joining the lab for the next several months.
Alex gave a talk about our latest research at the recent Cell Cycle meeting in Roscoff (Jacques Monod conference). It was a great meeting with some fantastic speakers and lots of great work presented. Big thanks to Renata Basto and Ian Hagan for organizing.