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.
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.
We are going east! The Guse Lab presents the first poster at the 9th Okazaki Biology Conference in Japan.
This video was created by Natalya & Cody Gallo. Thanks guys!