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On June 1, Arpan Rai joined our lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Arpan did his PhD in the laboratory of Roop Mallik at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mumbai, India. He recently published his PhD work on molecular motor force measurements inside living cells with single-motor resolution in Cell. For more details, check here.

We give Arpan a big welcome and look forward to his experience in quantitative single-molecule approaches in biology, which bares many conceptual similarities with quantitative single-cell approaches in biology.

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Frank Wippich joined the lab of Anne Ephrussi at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, where he received the prestigious eipod postdoctoral fellowship.

Congratulations for getting this fellowship, and we wish you good luck in your new research, which undoubtedly will be very productive as well.

 

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Berend Snijder joined the lab of Giulio Superti-Furga at the CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine in Vienna as a postdoctoral fellow.

We are sure that he will be very successful over there as well and wish him good luck. And of course, we look forward to some continued collaborations :)

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From 30 January to 2 February 2013 we had a joint lab retreat with the group of Damian Brunner in Vals, Graubünden.

Informal presentations and lengthy discussions were perfectly mixed with skiing, enjoying the thermal baths, great cheese fondue in a remote chalet accessible by a closed tunnel halfway on the Silvretta horn, down-hill sledging at night, and lots of evening fun!

Special thanks to Mathieu Frechin for organising this great event.

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On 11 January, we had the farewell party of Berend Snijder and Frank Wippich at Lucas’ place.

After some obligatory traditions, they received their trophy for surviving the lab and a particularly good (!!) bottle of wine for a special occasion. We will miss them a lot and wish them all the best in their future careers.

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Great video by Frank Wippich filmed with his new GoPro camera on the annual pre-Christmas lab cleaning day: