Last week, the Guse Lab went together with some folks from the Holstein, Grossmann and Evers Labs to the city center to enjoy some “Glühwein” and/or “Feuerzangenbowle” on the Heidelberg Christmas Market. Steak with onions was also somewhat popular…
It was about time to finally warm up the newly established junior labs at COS Heidelberg. Therefore, the Evers, Johnston, Gaquerel, Grossmann, Guse, Pereira and Wolf lab got together to transform INF329 into a party-mile. Everybody at COS was invited. DJ Engrailed performed at his best. Extraordinary dance moves could not be banned on photos. Strong work, guys!
Recently, Madeline Bucher and Iliona Wolfowicz have joined the Guse Lab. Madeline has spend her summer on a boat in Iceland doing some whale research and will now start her PhD work on Aiptasia development. Iliona has come all the way from sunny Portugal to work on coral symbiosis in Heidelberg, which will hopefully be sunny again by next summer… Madeline and Iliona are both part of two prestigious PhD programs. Madeline has been selected into the Heidelberg “Hartmut Hoffmann-Berling International Graduate School of Molecular and Cellular Biology” (HBIGS) and Iliona is a member of the Graduate Program in Basic and Applied Biology (GABBA) of the University of Porto. Congratulations & Welcome!
A new paper published by the Grossman, Pringle and Palumbi labs from Stanford University was published in Current Biology (PMID:24012312). Typically, coral bleaching is induced by the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) under high light conditions. Interestingly, Tolleter and colleagues find corals as well as Aiptasia respond to periods of heat with bleaching even in the absence of light. The so-called dark bleaching could be an additional mechanism compromising the fidelity of coral reefs during the summer. The paper also nicely demonstrates how lab experiments using Aiptasia as a model system for corals complement coral field studies.
The Guse lab introduced Aiptasia as a novel model system to study coral symbiosis at the very timely EMBO conference on: New Model Systems linking Ecology and Evolution held at the EMBL from May 1st to May 4th 2013. The talk about Aiptasia was part of the last session of the meeting entitled “Interactions and Ecosystems”. The meeting was very well attended with excellent invited speakers and gave a good overview on the status of the field. The food at EMBL was fantastic too. For a summary of the meeting via twitter check out: Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
Liz Hambleton from the Pringle Lab at Stanford University was visiting the lab as a guest scientist and gave a seminar on “Specificity of cnidarian-algal symbiosis” on the 25th of January.
Thanks to Liz Hambleton from the Pringle Lab and modern pet relocation services, my Aiptasia strains made it safely to Heidelberg. Welcome! I hope you will like it here.