Lab News

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VIP2 postdoc fellowship for Anastasia

22 Oct 2019

Anastasia was awarded a VIP2 postdoctoral fellowship, a newly launched international fellowship program at the Vienna Biocenter co-funded by the European Union’s 2020 Horizon research and innovation programme. Big congratulations to this well-deserved award!

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DOC fellowship for Krista

25 Sep 2019

Krista was awarded a DOC fellowship from the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OEAW) for her PhD studies in the Pauli lab. Krista is interested in investigating the role of Bouncer in species-specific fertilization. Big congratulations to this well-deserved award!

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Lab retreat to Mariazell

18 Sep 2019

For this year’s lab retreat the Pauli Lab headed to the Mariazeller mountains in Styria, Austria. Thanks to the contributions of everyone, we had a great mix of science, sozializing and activities, including a visit to the famous Pirker Lebkuchen manufacturer, hiking through Austria’s ‘Gran Canyon’ (Naturpark Vorderötscher) and to the summit of the Gemeindealpe before heading down the moutain in ‘mountaincarts’. The question ‘when will we have our next lab retreat?’ when heading back to Vienna shows that this retreat was a success. What a fun three days with stimulating discussions and great company!

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Congrats to Victoria, runner-up for the Max Birnstiel award

15 Sep 2019

Big congratulations to Victoria for being amongst the ‘honorable mentions’ for the 1st International Max Birnstiel award, a prize awarded annually to outstanding doctoral students for their PhD research conducted outside of Austria. Victoria receives this honor for her PhD work in Stefano Di Talia’s lab at Duke University, USA. Fantastic start at the first day as a postdoc in our lab!

More information about this year’s awardees can be found here.

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Welcome to our new postdoc Victoria

15 Sep 2019

Welcome to our new postdoc, Victoria Deneke! Victoria obtained her PhD in Stefano Di Talia’s lab at Duke University, USA, where she studied cell cycle synchronization in Drosophila development. In the Pauli lab, Victoria will join the fertilization crew to investigate mechanisms of gamete binding and fusion. Welcome on board!

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Welcome to our new postdoc Laura

01 Sep 2019

Welcome to our new postdoc, Laura Lorenzo Orts! Laura obtained her PhD in Michael Hothorn’s lab at the University of Geneva where she worked at the interphase of plant biology, translational regulation and structural biology. In the Pauli lab, Laura will join the translational team to investigate the secretes of translational regulation during embryogenesis. Welcome on board!

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10th anniversary of the VBC summer school

30 Aug 2019

Over the past two months we had James Kiraly from the University of Texas at Austin, US, joining our lab as a VBC summer student. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the VBC summer school, which we celebrated with a symposium where alumni and current students presented their research. It was a great opportunity to catch up with former summer students (Tiago Alves from Brazil, VBC summer student in the Pauli lab in 2017), and inspiring to see 1) what students can achieve within 2 months of summer school, and 2) what former VBC summer school students have been up to in the meanwhile (anything from being postdocs/PhD students at Stanford, Caltec, MIT and the VBC to working at NASA etc.). Keep up your passion for science and the great work!

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Zebrafish Course at MBL in Woods Hole

06 Aug 2019

If you are a scientist and have been to the Marine Biological Labs in Woods Hole in summer, you will always want to come back to this buzzing environment full of eminent scientists and positive vibe :) This year was a first for the Pauli lab to take part in the zebrafish course in three different roles: as ‘student’ (future postdoc Victoria Deneke), as ‘TA’ (current PhD student Jessica Stock), and as faculty (Andi). Irrespective of our role, we had a fantastic time!

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June/July = conference time!

29 Jul 2019

The Pauli lab was well represented at meetings which reflect the breadth of topics that we are interested (in a wider sense…) in the Pauli lab:

  • Frieda represented us at the RNA Society meeting in Krakow, Poland
  • Jessica represented us at the Society of Developmental Biology meeting in Boston, US
  • Krista and Victoria (postdoc to-be), together with Andi, attended the Gordon Conference for Fertilization and Activation of Development in New Hampshire, US
  • Andi was also presenting the newest on Bouncer and more at the Zebrafish Disease Model meeting in Boston, the Society of Reproductive Biology meeting in San Jose and at talks at Stanford University and USC, Los Angeles (thanks to Tonia Hafner and Oli Bell for hosting!).

I think it’s safe to say that we have learnt a lot, got new ideas, had many fruitful discussions and expanded our scientific network (and met old friends on the way!).

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Bouncer paper highlighted in F1000prime

05 Jul 2019

Bouncer made it into F1000prime! “…This wonderful research indicates that studies in model organisms, even on species-unique genes, continue to provide paradigms that can be used to guide work in more complex mammalian systems.” You can read the full recommendation from Hila Toledano here.

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Welcome to James

01 Jul 2019

Welcome to James, who will join us as a VBC summer student for the next two months to figure out everything we don’t yet understand about translation in the early embryo (well, quite some work waiting for you, James ;-)!)! Welcome on board of the Pauli lab!

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Welcome to Andreas

15 May 2019

Welcome to our new PhD student Andreas, our newest addition to the team! We are very happy to welcome you on board of the Pauli lab!

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Good-bye and Welcome

16 Apr 2019

Time to say good-bye to Sarah, and welcome to Anastasia! Sarah, we wish you all the best for your future endavors, wherever it will take you.

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Dr. Herberg!

11 Apr 2019

It’s been a very special day for the Pauli lab: Very proud of Sarah, the very first PhD graduate from the Pauli lab. Big congratulations, Dr. Herberg! It’s been an extremely productive and successful 3.5 years discovering Bouncer’s function in fertilization. While you will leave us soon, your initial findings have opened up new projects in the lab that will surely keep other students/postdocs busy for the next few years…

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Welcome to Anastasia

15 Mar 2019

Welcome to Anastasia, the newest member of our team! Anastasia did her PhD at Lomonosov Moscow State University and Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in the laboratories of Prof. Petr Sergiev and Prof. Olga Dontsova. Welcome on board of the Pauli lab!

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PCF11 paper published in Molecular Cell

25 Feb 2019

We are very proud to have contributed to uncovering the function and mechanism of the transcription termination factor PCF11 in vertebrates. This has been a highly successful collaboration led by Kinga Kamieniarz-Gdula in Nick Proudfoot’s lab at Dunn School, Oxford University. Congratulations to all authors, particularly to Karin Panser from our lab who performed the zebrafish experiments!

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Dr. Schlumm!

15 Feb 2019

Congratulations to Friederike, who successfully defended her PhD thesis that she worked on in Alipasha Vaziri’s lab. Now it’s officially Dr. Schlumm!

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Bye bye, Tomas and Lisa

31 Jan 2019

Time to say good-bye to Tomas and Lisa - you will be missed from the toddler team! We wish you all the best for your new adventures!

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Welcome to Benni as a Master student

02 Jan 2019

Benni, who has already worked in the lab as an internship student, will stay with us and continue his research as a Master student. Great decision, Benni!

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Happy New Year

01 Jan 2019

Happy New Year from all of us in the Pauli lab! It’s been an exciting, fun and successful 2018 - am curious to see what 2019 will bring along!

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Finding the hidden clues

11 Dec 2018

The Pauli lab demonstrated some great teamwork and riddle-solving capabilities at an escape room. Every team managed to find the hidden clues to escape from their room (though the prisoners made it extra thrilling with only 2 seconds left…) and had lots of fun on the way!

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Andi selected to become an EMBO Young Investigator

20 Nov 2018

Andi is one of 26 researchers selected to become an EMBO Young Investigator. For the next three years, Andi and her lab will benefit from the great EMBO YIP community and possibilities to network with other young and well-established scientists.

Read more

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Mattias Lauwers and Science Slam Awards for PhD students from the Pauli Lab

09 Nov 2018

Two success stories from the Pauli lab:

Congratulations to Sarah Herberg for winning the Mattias Lauwers Award 2018! Sarah was nominated by her fellow VBC students for the best Monday seminar presentation of the year.

Congratulations to Quio (Luis Enrique Cabrera Quio) for winning the first ever Science Slam at the VBC PhD Symposium 2018! Among all of the great and creative contributions, Quio’s dancing performance, “RNA Degradation: The Musical,” sung by Krista Gert thrilled the audience and showed off amazing, hidden talents!

Big congratulations to Sarah, Quio & Krista!

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VBC PhD Symposium 2018 "Metamorphosis - Transforming Science"

08 Nov 2018

For this year’s VBC PhD Symposium, an entirely student-led event, students chose the theme, “Metamorphosis: Transforming Science.” The event brought scientists from various disciplines together, ranging from technology and communication, to health and the environment. It was a big success! It also featured the very first (of hopefully many) installation of Science Slam. Jessica Stock was one of the co-organizers of this event, and designed the very creative and beautiful poster.

Great job to all of the organizers for such a successful symposium!

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Paper published in Science!

06 Sep 2018

The first Pauli lab paper is out in Science! We report the discovery of a short protein that acts as the gatekeeper of the oocyte (hence the name “Bouncer”). Bouncer is essential for fertilization in zebrafish, and, most remarkably, expressing a different species’ Bouncer on zebrafish eggs allows the other species’ sperm to enter. Big congratulations to the authors Sarah Herberg, Krista Gert, and Alex Schleiffer (IMP/IMBA).

Full story and more pictures can be found here.

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Summer research in Woods Hole

18 Aug 2018

Over the past five weeks, students of the Pauli lab joined Andi for conducting research projects in Woods Hole, MA, USA. The stimulating environment with plenty of interesting talks and scientific discussions, the openness of everyone and willingness to share and interact, and the amazing range of animals we could get our hands on (from sea urchins to sea stars, iconic horseshoe crabs, cephalopods, and, of course, different species of fish) made our stay a big success. We were sad to leave Woods Hole, but are also looking forward to our home base at the IMP to put some of our new ideas into action!

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First Pauli lab paper accepted

03 Aug 2018

Time to celebrate: The first paper from the Pauli lab got accepted! Very proud of the two PhD students Sarah Herberg and Krista Briedis (soon to be Gert), and Alex Schleiffer from the IMP who helped with the phylogenetic analyses. #Bouncer #proudPI #happyStudents

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Fellowship from the Marine Biological Labs (MBL)

22 May 2018

Andi is one of the 28 international scientists who has been awarded the 2018 Whitman Center Fellowship to conduct research at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA. This fantastic opportunity will also enable students of the Pauli lab to come along to work on their own projects and broaden their horizons at this iconic place.

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Long night of research in Vienna

13 Apr 2018

The Vienna BioCenter (VBC) opened its doors to the public to highlight some of the research conducted at the IMP, IMBA, GMI and MFPL. Members of the Pauli lab participated with a hands-on station where anyone could observe little zebrafish embryos develop, and watch their beating hearts. It’s been really rewarding to spark the interest in science of so many people from young to old.

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Welcome to Friederike

01 Apr 2018

Welcome to Friederike, a former PhD student in Alipasha Vaziri’s lab at the IMP!

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Welcome to Lisa

15 Feb 2018

Welcome to Lisa, the newest addition to the Pauli lab crew. Lisa has joined us as a Master student - welcome on board!

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Visit to Haus des Meeres

20 Jan 2018

The Pauli lab was treated to an in-depth tour of the Haus des Meeres given by the deputy director and curator, Daniel Abed-Navandi. He taught us a lot about the different species on display, and gave us a behind-the-scenes look of how the aquarium operates. Some of the cool organisms we were able to see included a poisonous cone snail species, lots of little jellyfish, and the aquarium’s thriving seahorse population.

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Be(er) (h)our guest

12 Jan 2018

Once upon a time at the IMP…

On the 12th of January, the Pauli lab turned the IMP into a whole new world when holding their Disney-themed beer hour. With princesses on cupcakes and a magical potion from Merlin’s cauldron, everyone gathered for the evening and enjoyed the bare necessities of life. Hakuna matata!

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IMP & IMBA Christmas Party

21 Dec 2017

Despite adverse weather conditions everyone who made it to the Ice-Skating ring for the IMP & IMBA Xmas party had a great time. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Pauli lab!

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Xmas Scavenger Hunt of the Pauli & Obenauf Labs

13 Dec 2017

Wednesday night saw model organisms gone loose in the Museum of Natural History in Vienna. The Pauli and Obenauf labs teamed up for a Xmas Scavenger Hunt as Drosophila melanogaster, Mus musculus, Ambystoma mexicanum and Danio rerio to take a picture with the scariest animal, rebuild the IMP logo and much more. Thanks to Manuela Steurer for the great questions that made this such a memorable and fun event!

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Visit of students from Rosensteingasse

17 Nov 2017

Students from the HBLVA Rosensteingasse were visiting us today to get a glimpse of working at an international research institute, and of course to see our zebrafish! There were lots of questions and interesting discussions - thanks Karin for helping answer them all! We had a great time showing our visitors around, and it seemed that they enjoyed the ‘lab-outing’, too!

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Lab outing to Gansl dinner

06 Nov 2017

It’s Gansl-season (goose-season) in Austria. The Pauli lab did not miss out and enjoyed a typical Gansl dinner at Rudi’s Beisel. So many geese!

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Welcome to our new students, Krista, Frieda and Xue

01 Oct 2017

The Pauli lab is growing.
Welcome to our three new students: Krista and Frieda, our new PhD students; and Xue, who will be a shared Master student with the Cochella lab.

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Three good reasons for a lab-dinner

28 Sep 2017

We don’t need a reason to meet up for a lab-dinner, but this time there were in fact three!

  • to say goodbye and thank you to our ‘fastest genotyper’ Nina - you have made everyone’s life so much easier by helping with the genotyping! Good luck and all the best for your future career in the office!
  • to say goodbye and thank you to our intern Lisa - have fun in Boston at the Whitehead Institute for your Master thesis!
  • to welcome our new PhD student, Frieda Leesch!

Welcome to Lisa for her internship!

01 Sep 2017

Welcome to Lisa who came ‘all the way from Krems University’ for joining us for an internship!

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Pauli Lab Retreat to Gustav's Castle

12 Aug 2017

The Pauli Lab headed to Gustav’s Castle at the Rax for three days of fun and science. Who would have thought that each one of us would climb up a 20m high pole (and jump down), and hike up the Predigtstuhl? Great team-play!

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July = Conference time for Pauli lab members!

30 Jul 2017

July was conference time!

  • Jessica attended the 10th European Zebrafish Meeting in Budapest, Hungary;
  • Sarah & Andi attended the Gordon Research Conference for Fertilization & Activation of Development at Holderness School, NH, USA;
  • Quio attended the EMBO Conference on RNA localization and local translation in Barga, Italy.

Lots of food for thought and interesting discussions, and great to meet new people and catch up with old friends and colleagues!

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Tiago joins the lab as VBC Summer Student

01 Jul 2017

Welcome to Tiago, who came all the way from Brazil to join us as a VBC (Vienna BioCenter) Summer Student! Tiago = expert in jumping photos :)

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Andi gets the START Grant

21 Jun 2017

Andi was awarded an FWF START Grant for investigating the functions of uncharacterized translated regions during embryogenesis!

Press releases

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IMP wins the Dragon Boat Cup

10 Jun 2017

Karin and Andi were members of the successful IMPerfectos, the already legendary IMP Dragon Boating team. This year, the IMPerfectos managed to put everything on the line and managed to bring the title back to the IMP by a photo-finish! Big congrats to the whole team!

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Krista defends her Master thesis

01 Jun 2017

Congratulations to Krista for successfully defending her master’s thesis at her “home” university (Linköping University) in Sweden!

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March for Science in Vienna

22 Apr 2017

Members of the Pauli lab joined in with colleagues from the Vienna Biocenter (IMP, IMBA, GMI, MFPL) to March for Science in Vienna.

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Official opening of the new IMP

01 Mar 2017

While we have already been happily working here for a few months, today was the official opening ceremony of the new IMP building with high-profile guests including scientist Emmanuelle Charpentier and Austrian president Hugo van der Bellen! Big thank you to Boehringer Ingelheim for the investment into hopefully many more years of exciting science at the IMP!

Krista joins the lab as a master student

15 Jan 2017

Welcome to Krista, the very first master student in the Pauli lab!

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Pauli & Obenauf lab outing

20 Dec 2016

The Pauli and Obenauf Labs joined forces in “Eisstock-Schiessen” at the Danube Canal in Vienna before heading to a well-deserved Christmas dinner.

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Quio is awarded a BIF fellowship

17 Nov 2016

Congratulations to Quio for being awarded the Boehringer Ingelheim PhD fellowship!

IMP is on the move

14 Nov 2016

The whole IMP is moving just around the corner (or in fact ‘across the bridge’) to our new home, the brand-new IMP building! Fantastic effort by everyone involved in the planning, organization and execution of the logistic master-piece.

A note on the side: The Pauli lab has the largest number of ‘members’ in the new building - our ~5000 fish arrived happily in their new facility on the top floor!

Jessica joins the lab as a PhD student

01 Nov 2016

Welcome to the Pauli Lab, Jessica!

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Sarah wins DOC Fellowship

15 Sep 2016

Congratulations to Sarah for winning a DOC fellowship from the Austrian Academy of Science (OEAW)!

Our first paper is online!

12 Aug 2016

The Pauli lab’s first manuscript is online: “Decoding sORF translation – from small proteins to gene regulation”! Congratulations, Quio and Sarah!

Lab-Trip to the USA

09 Aug 2016

Fully in line with the Pauli lab motto: combine science & fun.

Krista joins the lab as a summer student

01 Jul 2016

Welcome to Krista, who will join us for two months as a summer student!

IMP/IMBA Ski-trip

12 Mar 2016

The Pauli lab joins the whole IMP+IMBA for the already legendary yearly skiing-trip. This year we went to Villach for some awesome skiing, snowboarding and sledging! Well done to Sarah and Quio for their first ever snow-boarding/skiing!

PhD course for Sarah and Quio

30 Jan 2016

Sarah and Quio get to know the ins and outs of being a PhD student at the VBC (Vienna Biocenter).

Welcome-2016-dinner at Andi’s place

04 Jan 2016

A good start into the new year with the first edition of a Pauli lab dinner at Andi’s place!

Quio joins the lab as a PhD student

01 Dec 2015

1 + 1 = 2! Welcome to Quio, the second PhD student of the Pauli lab!

Joint lab retreat with the Heisenberg lab from the IST

20 Nov 2015

The Pauli lab joined CP Heisenberg’s lab for a fun+science lab retreat near Renz, close to the Czech border.

Sarah joins the lab as a PhD student

01 Nov 2015

Welcome to the Pauli lab’s very first PhD student Sarah!

IMP gets its very first zebrafish!

29 Oct 2015

Our first fish are here and happily swimming around in their shiny tanks in our brand-new fish facility! With this, IMP got about 3000 new (mostly still underage) members!

IMP gets a fish facility!

30 Sep 2015

A former microscope room at the IMP is converted into a state-of-the-art fish facility. Amazing what one can build within a month! Thanks to Tecniplast and everyone from the IMP who helped together to make this happen!

Launch of the Pauli lab at the IMP

07 Sep 2015

Andi arrives in Vienna, and with the first lab member Karin being already on board, the Pauli lab is officially alive! Let the fun start!

Karin visits Andi in Boston, Harvard University

30 Aug 2015

Karin visits Andi in Boston to learn the ins-and-outs of zebrafish from the master of the Schier lab fish facility, Steve Zimmerman!