PhD defense of Andrea

Andrea successfully obtained his PhD for his work “The Arabidopsis tasiARFs pathway: unraveling its role in root and embryo development”. True to his reputation, he celebrated the event adequately ­čÖé 

Congratulations Dr. Scarpa.

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Lateral Root workshop in Montpellier

The lab traveled “en force” to Montpellier last week to attend the always exciting lateral root workshop. Amaya, B├ęatrice, Marion, Michael & Alexis joined ~60 other lateral root fanatics to discuss their latest results. In addition to great science and discussion, the weather and food were as one can expect from Montpellier: brilliant!  

Visit of very young researchers

[singlepic id=61 w=450] A group of 5/6-year old from a local preschool visited COS to discover what is research in biology.
The children observed flies, plants and anemones. They mixed and unmixed colors and even extracted DNA from tomato!
Their visit was a real success. The children, the teachers and the COS members were thrilled by the event.
This event built upon a teaching concept developed by Yohanns Bellaïche (Institut Curie, France) and curated by the Cercle FSER.
A huge thanks goes to: Marion Louveaux, Paola Ruiz Duarte, Emmanuel Gaquerel, Zheni Li, Olympe Grandcolas, Andrea Leibfried, Julie Carnesecchi, Katrin Domsch, Victor Jones, Marie Jacobovitz, Diana Bryant  and Gideon Bergheim for making this event possible.

Some images of the event:
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DFG funds our research network on plant morphodynamics

 The german research foundation (DFG) has created the creation of  a nation wide research consortium to elucidate the mechanisms by which plants organs acquire their specific shape. This multidisciplinary consortium called FOR2581: Morphodynamics of plants  is established for an initial period of 3 years and is coordinated by Alexis Maizel.  The RU2581 will receive DFG funding in the amount of approx. 2.7 million euros. The research unit RU2581 consists of nine expert laboratories from Heidelberg, Cologne, Munich and G├Âttingen with experts in the fields of plant development, computer sciences and physics.

In Heidelberg, the laboratories of Thomas Greb and Jan Lohmann both located at the Center for Organismal Studies as well as the laboratory of Fred Hamprecht from the Center for Scientific Computing are part of this consortium. In Cologne, are also members: the labs of Miltos Tsiantis, Richard Smith and Angela Hay all located at the Max Planck Institute for plant breeding. Finally, the labs of Kay Schneitz from the TU Munich and Karen Alim from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in G├Âttingen are completing the line up.

We are all very excited by the joint work ahead of us.

Link to the press release of the DFG (in german)