Polish Genetics Congress in Lodz

I am back from the Vth Polish Genetics Congress in Lodz. Great thanks to Prof. Michał Witt for organizing a session on the genetics (and other aspects) of ciliopathies and for inviting me to give a talk. It was a very interesting session and gave me a fresh appreciation of the significance of cilia for human disease. Last, but not least, the congress get-together party at the famous Wytwórnia Club was fabulous – the DJ was the inimitable Marek Sierocki!

Julian Tuwim's statue in front of Wytwórnia Club

Julian Tuwim's statue in front of Wytwórnia Club

The get-together party in full swing

The get-together party in full swing

Selfie with Marek Sierocki

Selfie with Marek Sierocki

The lab at Bio2016

We’ve just returned from the beautiful city of Wrocław, where Łukasz, Mostafa, and myself participated in the Bio2016 joint conference of the Polish Biochemical Society and Polish Society of Cell Science. We saw a bunch of exciting talks, met many old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances. It was a fun time, and the weather was splendid despite it being mid-September.

The beautiful Grunwaldzki Campus of the University of Wrocław

The beautiful Grunwaldzki Campus of the University of Wrocław

The beautiful Grunwaldzki Campus of the University of Wrocław

The beautiful Grunwaldzki Campus of the University of Wrocław

Wrocław - the city of a thousand bridges (and a thousand church spires)

Wrocław - the city of a thousand bridges (and a thousand church spires)

Selfie

Selfie

Eagerly awaiting the next fascinating talk

Eagerly awaiting the next fascinating talk

The beautiful Wrocław Cathedral

The beautiful Wrocław Cathedral

At the Central Square (Rynek) of the old town

At the Central Square (Rynek) of the old town

The Cathedral by night

The Cathedral by night

We are hiring!

We are looking for two enthusiastic individuals to fill positions of Research Assistant/Technician and PhD student. The successful candidates will work on basic mechanisms of signal transduction and develop their skills at the bench and beyond. Continue reading

Congrats and welcome to our new postdoc

Great news for the lab. Łukasz Markiewicz, who applied for a FUGA postdoctoral fellowship to work on Gli proteins, got the award and will be joining us this fall. Congratulations and welcome! Łukasz is sure to become a very valuable addition to our growing team.

Welcome Daria and Dominik – the ultra-bright high school students

For the last week we have hosted two extremely talented high school students in our lab as part of the “Fundacja na Rzecz Dzieci” summer program. Zuza has been showing them the ropes of western blotting, molecular cloning, and immunofluorescence microscopy. They tell me that they’ve had a lot of fun and I am not surprised – biology is facinating and Zuza is a wonderful mentor. Looking forward to my talk tomorrow – introduction to cell signaling for all our high school interns at CeNT.

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Excursion to Kraków

We went to see the talk by the celebrated Rudolf Jaenish (of transgenic mice fame) at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. The talk was fascinating, and touched upon iPS cells in medicine, epigenetic reprogramming, and imprinting. We then took some time afterwards to visit some sights in Kraków. It was a fun trip and a nice way to get out of the daily grind.

Rudolf Jaenish

Rudolf Jaenish

The talk took place at the wonderful newly built UJ campus - the main auditorium is impressive and the talk was fascinating.
Next to Wawel

Next to Wawel

We are about to climb the hill of Wawel - the castle where Polish Kings lived before they moved the capital to Warsaw
Wawel

Wawel

The weather was gorgeous.
Going towards Kazimierz

Going towards Kazimierz

Kazimierz is the former Jewish quarters of Kraków, with a lot of wonderful restaurants and a rich nightlife
Mariacki Church

Mariacki Church

The famous church in the main square of Kraków

Congrats Zuza!!!

Congrats to Zuza who has just won her Young Investigator Grant (DSM) from the Department of Biology of the University!!! We celebrated with a little bit of (non-alcoholic) bubbly at lunchtime!

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Welcome to the lab, Mostafa!

We have just had a new person join the lab. Mostafa has come to us from Cairo, Egypt, and will do an internship in the lab to develop his biomedical research skills. He has only been here a week and is already up and running with the experiments, getting nice results and contributing to our research program. Welcome, Mostafa!

Lab opening

The lab opening today was great fun! Thanks everyone for coming and thank you Zuza and Monika for helping me organize everything.

Before the party

Before the party

Zuza baked two wonderful cakes and decorated everything. It looks so pretty!
The first guests

The first guests

Our neighbors the Kargul lab showed up first.
The host with a bottle of bubbly

The host with a bottle of bubbly

I opened the first bottle of Cava shortly afterwards.
Blowing out the singing candle

Blowing out the singing candle

The candle on the cake sang happy birthday and looked like lotus blossom. I blew it out and wished for... well I cannot tell you that - otherwise the wish won't come true.
More guests arriving

More guests arriving

Mrs. Ewa Jastrzębska and the Wisniewska lab.
The party in full swing

The party in full swing

Everyone looks like they are enjoying themselves.
Visiting the lab

Visiting the lab

The meeting of two worlds - Krzysztof and Agnieszka Kobielak from CeNT and Kasia Piwocka from the Nencki Institute.
The Proszynski lab visiting

The Proszynski lab visiting

My old lab has come to check out my new place.

Lab opening ceremony scheduled for Thu, October 8th

We are pretty excited to invite everyone to the lab opening ceremony on October 8 at 3 pm. There will be refreshments (yes, that means free pizza!) and some good ol’ bubbly to keep the conversation flowing. Zuza has promised to bake a mystery cake, which some sources claim will look like a hedgehog. Even though Zuza has already started doing some preliminary experiments, we are only just celebrating lab opening because Monika the postdoc has now arrived from faraway Switzerland to join our efforts to decipher the Hedgehog pathway and have fun in the process. Don’t feel pressured to be on time. We will have some preliminaries around 3 so if you can make it – great, but we will hopefully keep having fun throughout the afternoon, so if you are stuck in the dark room developing these Westerns, don’t stress out – we will have a fresh bottle of champagne waiting for you at 4˚C. The contact info is here. Hope to see you all on Thursday!