Seminar Colour Guide:              
External Faculty Speaker
Monday, 10 September 2018, 11:00Add to calendarPressure-driven cell motility in a 3D extracellular matrixRyan Petrie, Drexel University, Philadelphia, USAHost: Chii Jou ChanSmall Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Company Representative
Tuesday, 11 September 2018, 11:00Add to calendarOptogenetics combined with Flow CytometryKathrin Brenker, Opto Biolabs, GermanyHost: Malte PaulsenRoom 13-518 a + b, EMBL Heidelberg
Abstract: Optogenetic tools allow isolated, functional investigations of almost any signaling molecule within complex signaling pathways. A major obstacle is the controlled delivery of light to the cell sample and hence the most popular tools for optogenetic studies are microscopy-based cell analyses and in vitro experiments. The flow cytometer has major advantages over a microscope, including the ability to rapidly measure thousands of cells at single cell resolution. However, it is not yet widely used in optogenetics. Opto Biolabs, a spin-off from the University of Freiburg, developed a device that combines the power of optogenetics and flow cytometry.
This device illuminates cells at specific wavelengths, light intensities and temperatures during flow cytometric measurements. To demonstrate its utility, we characterized the photoswitching kinetics of Dronpa proteins in vivo and in real time and measured light-induced calcium kinetics. This protocol can be adapted to almost all optically controlled substances and substantially expands the set of possible experiments. More importantly, it will greatly simplify the discovery and development of new optogenetic tools.
Science and Society
Tuesday, 11 September 2018, 14:00Add to calendarGenetic history: What ancient and modern DNA tells us about our human pastStephan Schiffels, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, GermanyHost: Halldór StefánssonLarge Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Abstract: Our human past leaves traces in our genomes, via population size changes, admixture events and migration patterns. Via genetic analyses, we can therefore read human history from our genomes, which adds critically to our growing body of pre-historical evidence from archaeology and linguistics. In this talk, Stephan Schiffels will introduce the field of historical population genetics, and showcase three examples: First, he will show how our genomes contain information about the origins of our species in Africa, in the deep past. Second, Schiffels will describe how he and his team used ancient DNA from Anglo-Saxon remains in Great Britain to investigate the dynamic and impact of the Anglo-Saxon migration period. Third, Schiffels will introduce his most recent project, in which the scientists use ancient and modern DNA to investigate the peopling of North America.
Seminar given by an external postdoc
Monday, 17 September 2018, 11:00Add to calendarTissue rheology in embryonic organisationNicoletta Petridou, Institute of Sciences and Technology Austria, , AustriaHost: Takashi HiiragiSmall Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
External Faculty Speaker
Friday, 21 September 2018, 10:00Add to calendarMetabolic Impact of Unrestrained Transcription by RNA Polymerase IIIIan Willis, Departments of Biochemistry and Systems and Computational Biology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, , USAHost: Christoph MuellerRoom 440, EMBL Heidelberg
External Faculty Speaker
Friday, 21 September 2018, 10:30Add to calendarMind the gap: Physical segregation of proteins at cell-cell interfacesProfessor Daniel Fletcher, UC Berkeley Department of Bioengineering, USAHost: Alba Diz-MunozSmall Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Tags: Cell Biology
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Monday, 24 September 2018, 16:00Add to calendarTo be announcedMasayo Takahashi, Riken Center for Developmental Biology, JapanHost: Anne EphrussiLarge Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 11:00Add to calendarTo be announcedCraig Thompson, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USAHost: Joel Perez-PerriLarge Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
External Faculty Speaker
Thursday, 11 October 2018, 13:00Add to calendartbdS. Kashif Sadiq, Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, GermanyHost: Kiran PatilRoom 440, EMBL Heidelberg
Science and Society
Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 18:00Add to calendarDer Tod - ein Kunstgriff der Natur, das Leben zu erhaltenVolker Storch, Centre for Organismal Studies, Heidelberg University, GermanyHost: Halldór StefánssonPrint Media Academy, EMBL Heidelberg
Seminar given by an external postdoc
Tuesday, 23 October 2018, 16:00Add to calendarTo be announcedAnna Alemany Arias, Hubrecht Institute, NetherlandsHost: Eileen FurlongSmall Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
External Faculty Speaker
Thursday, 25 October 2018, 11:00Add to calendarTo be announcedAlessandro De Simone, Duke University Medical Center, Department of Cell Biology, Laboratory of Quantitative Developmental Biology, SwitzerlandHost: Anne EphrussiRoom 202, EMBL Heidelberg
External Faculty Speaker
Wednesday, 31 October 2018, 16:00Add to calendarTo be announcedJanet Thornton, EMBL EBI, United KingdomHost: Equality and Diversity CommitteeLarge Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Friday, 9 November 2018, 11:00Add to calendarTo be announcedMartha Bulyk, Harvard University, USAHost: Aleksander JankowskiLarge Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Science and Society
Friday, 9 November 2018, 14:00Add to calendarHow should we value "novelty" in science?Barak Cohen, Washington University School of Medicine, USAHost: Halldór StefánssonLarge Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Abstract: Scientist are under increasing pressure to do "novel" research. Journals and funding agencies often specifically list novelty as a key criterion for judging the impact of research. In this lecture, Barak Cohen will examine whether novelty is an important component of good science and will introduce concepts from philosophy and sociology to argue that we currently over emphasise novelty in science. Furthermore, Cohen will discuss the negative effects of this emphasis and will suggest alternatives measures of good science.
External Faculty Speaker
Monday, 19 November 2018, 11:00Add to calendarTo be announcedCharles Kervrann, Inria - Centre de Rennes Bretagne Atlantique, FranceHost: Yannick SchwabSmall Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture
Friday, 14 December 2018, 11:00Add to calendarTo be announcedPetra Schwille, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, GermanyHost: Rainer PepperkokLarge Operon, EMBL Heidelberg