Lab News

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SPACA4 paper published in PNAS

24 Sep 2021

It’s been a while in the making, and it’s great to see it finally out in PNAS! In collaboration with Yoshitaka Fujihara and Masahito Ikawa’s lab, we discovered an interesting evolutionary twist in vertebrate fertilization: While we previously identified egg-expressed Bouncer in fish as essential for sperm-egg membrane interaction (Herberg et al., 2018), we report here that its mammalian homolog SPACA4 is expressed in sperm and necessary for zona pellucida penetration. Hence, Bouncer and SPACA4 present a fascinating example of homologous proteins that have evolved different mode of actions to ensure efficient fertilization in vertebrates. Congratulations to all authors, in particular Sarah who started the project, and Andreas and Karin from the Pauli lab as well as Yoshi from the Ikawa lab who took it over and finalized the research!

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All the best to Eduardo

31 Aug 2021

This week we also said goodbye to Eduardo, a Salvadoran undergraduate student who worked with Victoria this summer. Eduardo was the first student to take part in our initiative to provide a world-class research experience to a talented student from a developing country. We are extremely proud of the work he did in our lab and wish him the very best on his return to El Salvador! We are looking forward to keep providing a space for talented aspiring scientists to grow and flourish. Thank you, Eduardo!

For more information on Eduardo’s stay and on the Austria-El Salvador initiative, check out this news post.

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Goodbye to our VBC summer student Mireia

30 Aug 2021

The summer is coming to an end and unfortunately we have to say goodbye to our VBC summer student Mireia Codina. Over the last two months Mireia worked with Jessica on investigating how Toddler regulates mesodermal cell migration. During the final symposium of the VBC summer school Mireia gave an excellent talk and was one of three speakers to be awarded for her work and presentation.

It was such a pleasure to have Mireia in the lab, and the Toddler team will miss her dearly!

For more information on the Vienna BioCenter Summer School, check out this website.

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Annual Review about Sperm-Egg Fusion

26 Jul 2021

A lockdown project came to a very fruitful end: It’s great to see our Annual Review in Cell and Developmental Biology about “The Fertilization Enigma: How Sperm and Egg Fuse” out online!

Big congratulations to Victoria, who was very much the brain behind this review and took the lead on writing. In this review, we ‘merge’ the current knowledge of the fertilization field, with a main focus on mammalian sperm-egg interaction, with ideas and concepts from cell-cell and viral-cell fusion.

We hope that this review will provide a fresh view on the big open questions in the field of fertilization.

A (not-yet-final) version of the review is already available online. Happy reading!

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Salvadoran internship program in the Pauli lab

21 Jul 2021

We are very happy that our newly launched El Salvadoran internship program has been off to a great start! In June, we welcomed our first scholar, Eduardo Isaac Martinez Barrios, who is a bachelor student at the University of El Salvadore. This new initiative, namely to offer one Salvadoran student per year the possibility to experience and perform top-notch research in one of Europe’s leading research institutions, was initiated by our very own Salvadoran postdoc Victoria.

Over the past two months, Victoria has done a trememdous job in mentoring Eduardo - in fact so good that Eduardo asked us whether he can extend his stay for another month - a request we gladly accepted given that we could not have wished for a more motivated, eager to learn and truly interested first student! It’s been a wonderful experience for both sides - mentor and mentee!!

To read more about our Salvadoran internship program and Eduardo’s stay with us, check out this article on the IMP news page (thanks Mehdi!).

(picture credit to Mehdi Khadraoui)

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Welcome to Mireia, our VBC Summer Student

01 Jul 2021

We are very happy to welcome Mireia, who has joined us from Barcelona as part of the international VBC Summer Students program! Mireia will be mentored by Jessica in our lab, and will investigate how Toddler regulates mesodermal cell migration during zebrafish gastrulation. Welcome on board, Mireia!

General information about the VBC Summer Student program that is funded by the Max Birnstiel foundation.

(picture credit to Mehdi Khadraoui)

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Christine Beattie Award from IZFS for Jessica

22 Jun 2021

Jessica won this year’s Christine Beattie Award from the International Zebrafish Society (IZFS). The award recognises a promising junior researcher who excelled in working with zebrafish. Big congratulations to Jessica, who was selected for this award for her PhD research and presentation at the International Zebrafish Society Meeting on “A self-generated Toddler gradient directs mesodermal cell migration during zebrafish gastrulation”!

To read more about the Christine Beattie Award and the awardee Jessica, check out the links.

(picture credit to Benedikt Mandl)

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BBQ at Andi's

21 Jun 2021


A long-overdue get-together at Andi’s place for a summer-BBQ and celebrating that we can finally get together again not only for work but also for much-needed social events!

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Andi elected as EMBO Member

08 Jun 2021

Congratulations to Andi, who is one of this year’s 64 newly elected EMBO Members!

To read more about the announcement by EMBO and Andi’s take on it, check out the links.

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First post-Covid-lockdown drinks

04 Jun 2021

We used the first opportunity that presented itself (post Andi’s (virtual) talk at the RNA Society meeting) to head out for a drink in the finally re-opened restaurants after months of lockdown in Vienna. Great to sit together (all tested but without masks) to enjoy a drink and nice company!

In the picture: Eduardo (summer student from El Salvador working with Victoria), Andi, Andreas, Carina, Frieda and Hannah (intern with Anastasia).

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1st Prize PhD student talk for Frieda at MicroSymposium

23 Apr 2021

This year’s MicroSymposium happened virtually, yet featured international scientists from all over the world who enjoyed two days of discussing great science. And in the end all participants voted on the two best PhD student talks: Big congratulations to Frieda who won the first prize for her talk about ‘Storage and function of maternal ribosomes depends on conserved ribosome-associated factors’ (picture credit to Benedikt Mandl)!

More information on the MicroSymposium

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Jessica's review on self-organized cell migration published in Development

06 Apr 2021

Big congratulations to Jessica on leading the write-up of this insightful review on self-organized cell migration. The idea for this review originated during the first lockdown in Austria about one year ago - one year later, being in our third (or forth?) lockdown, it’s great to see it published! Thanks to all the constructive feedback from reviewers and colleagues that helped us to improve the paper, and particularly to Katherine Brown, editor at Development, for making this publishing experience really enjoyable!

If you want to know more about self-organized cell migration, check out Jessica’s review here: “Self-organized cell migration across scales – from single cell movement to tissue formation.”

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Spring is here!

31 Mar 2021

Spring is here - finally! We have officially opened the terrace season at the IMP with some birthday cake along the way. Looking forward to a hopefully nice summer and enjoying some time outside in Vienna!

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Bye-bye to Anna

31 Mar 2021

Today we had to say good-bye to Anna (Kogan), our post-Bachelor pre-PhD student who spent the last six months working under the mentorship of Victoria on Spaca6 and on developing a method to identify new factors important for sperm-egg interaction. After a well-deserved break, Anna will be off to start her PhD in Oxford this fall.

We wish you all the best for your future career, and hope to see you back one way or the other!

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Welcome to Ziya

01 Mar 2021

Welcome to our new lab member Ziya! Ziya has performed his Master studies in India and will be working with Anastasia on the activation of mitochondria during embryogenesis. Welcome on board!

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Quio's Ski7 paper accepted in PlosGenetics

18 Feb 2021

Big congratulations to Quio and all co-authors (Alex Schleiffer, Karl Mechtler) on getting our Ski7-paper accepted in PlosGenetics! Thanks also to the constructive comments from the reviewers that helped us to improve the paper, and everyone else that helped on the way.

If you want to know more what Quio found, check out Quio’s great tweet-story and read our paper: “Zebrafish Ski7 tunes RNA levels during the oocyte-to-embryo transition.” Or - for anyone who wants to practise their Spanish - here is an article that was published in Revista Ciencia about Quio’s work.

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Anna got into Oxford University for her PhD!

05 Feb 2021

Big congratulations to Anna (Kogan) for getting accepted as a DPhil student at Oxford University! Having come to us with a Bachelor’s degree from St. Petersburg University to gain additional research experience, we could not be more proud of you!

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Welcome to our new interns Anna (Bandura) and Lisa

01 Feb 2021

Welcome to our new interns Anna and Lisa! Lisa is taking over from Friederike (Schlumm) and will be in charge of our collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim. Anna (Bandura) is taking over from Mirjam and will be helping everyone in the lab with genotyping zebrafish. It’s great to have you both around!

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Bye-bye to Friederike, Mirjam and Sara

29 Jan 2021

Today we said a big and heartfelt bye-bye to Friederike (Schlumm), Mirjam and Sara. Over the past years, Friederike has been in charge of our collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim, and on top of it worked with Jessica on the analysis of cell migration in the zebrafish embryo. Mirjam started initially as ‘zebrafish genotyper’, yet caught soon interest in doing some real research herself. Under the fabulous mentoring of Victoria, Mirjam has worked over the past 6 months on the characterization of a fertility mutant in zebrafish. Mirjam is now off to perform her Master research studies in Finland. Sara joined us as an intern in fall after having gotten to know the Vienna Biocenter Campus during her time as a VBC summer student in 2019. Sara worked with Andreas on the characterization of another fertility mutant in zebrafish, and is now off to finish her Master degree at the University of Glasgow.

All the best to all of you for your future career!

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Dr. Quio!

27 Nov 2020

The Pauli lab proudly presents: Dr. Quio!!

Big congratulations to Quio for successfully defending his PhD thesis on post-transcriptional gene regulation during the oocyte-to-embryo transition.

You and your fantastic PhD hat (thanks, Jessica and Krista) rock!

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Pumpkin-carving & Halloween

31 Oct 2020

From unicorn to pumpkin, witch, and of course Toddler & Bouncer - the Pauli lab had great fun with custumes for our very first Halloween & pumpkin carving party. Thanks Victoria for the invite, great initiative, Halloween-style food and expert pumpkin-carving tools which made it easy for us to go wild with our creative pumpkin carving designs.

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Benni got his Master!

21 Oct 2020

Big congratulations to Benni for successfully defending his Master thesis on proteomics during zebrafish embryogenesis!

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Welcome to our new students Theresa, Anna and Sara!

01 Oct 2020

Theresa is a PhD student, Anna and Sara joined as interns. All three will work on different aspects of fertilization. Welcome!

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Pauli lab retreat - not in Corona after all :-)

24 Sep 2020

Ironically we had planned to go to a hut in Corona (!!) for our this year’s lab retreat. Due to Covid-19 restrictions we had to change our plan last minute and decided instead to stay in Vienna for a day out in Prater. This turned out a lot of fun, with perfect weather, great science presentations and discussions about ‘your dream future project’, and fun games. A perfect opportunity for everyone to catch up with new and old lab members!

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A quick, easy and open-source SARS-CoV-2 test

25 Jul 2020

When institutes had to shut-down during the pandemic mid of March, many scientists across the VBC campus joined forces to help to fight the virus. Over the past five months, Julius Brennecke (IMBA) and Andi (IMP) worked together with a team of three PhD students, Max Kellner (PhD student at the LMB), Jakob Schnabl and Julian Ross (PhD students at IMBA), to develop a rapid, highly sensitive and inexpensive isothermal SARS-CoV-2 test. The final push was geared towards making the reaction open-access: any molecular biology lab in the world can now produce the enzymes required for the reaction. This is a major step forward towards making testing possible at population-scale and accessible also to low-resource countries.

This work would not have been possible without the help of our on-site biochemists Irina, Benedikt and Johannes and the continous support from our institutes and labs.

Check out our preprint on bioRxiv: “A rapid, highly sensitive and open-access SARS-CoV-2 detection assay for laboratory and home testing.”

The preprint can be found here.

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Welcome to our interns Mirjam, Lena, and Lorena!

01 Jul 2020

A somewhat belated welcome to our interns Mirjam, Lena and Lorena! Mirjam is working with Victoria and already fully hooked on fertilization and microscopy. Lena has been introduced by Anastasia into the complicated life of mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cell. And Lorena has most recently joined Krista to work on fertilization, or rather on what happens if two species that should not mate mate. It’s great to have you all around!

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HFSP postdoc fellowship for Victoria

26 Mar 2020

Congratulations to Victoria who was awared a prestigious HFSP (Human Frontier Science Program) postdoctoral fellowship. Victoria was selected as one of the 50 recipients world-wide out of the pool of 544 applications, and plans to study the molecular basis of gamete binding and fusion in zebrafish. Big congratulations Victoria!

A press release for the 2020 HFSP postdoc fellowships can be found here.

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HFSP Young Investigator Award

26 Mar 2020

Delighted that my lab will join forces with Verena Ruprecht (coordinator) at the CRG in Barcelona, Spain, and Liu Yan-Jun at Fudan University, Shanghai, China, in a HFSP Young Investigator Grant to study biophysical aspects of fertilization. Our project is one of eight Young Investigator Grants chosen for funding in the latest call of the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP). Having been awarded this grant means that I/my lab have benefited from continous funding from the HFSP since 2010 (postdoc fellowship, Career Development Award, Young Investigator Grant), and we are extremely grateful for this continous support of our research. Thank you HFSP!

More information on the Young Investigator Grant can be found here:

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Quio's Ski7 paper on bioRxiv

20 Mar 2020

Check out the latest preprint from the Pauli lab on bioRxiv: “Zebrafish Ski7 tunes RNA levels during the oocyte-to-embryo transition.” Congratulations to the first author Quio!

The preprint can be found here.

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First virtual Lab Meeting in the books

18 Mar 2020

The Pauli lab’s first virtual lab meeting is in the books! With everyone working from home due campus-/Vienna-/Austria-wide social isolation measures in light of Covid-19, this turned out a successful experiment. Thanks to Victoria for being our guinea-pig in giving it, and to everyone for ‘zooming in’ and actively contributing!

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BIF PhD fellowship for Andreas

17 Mar 2020

Congratulations to Andreas who was awared a BIF (Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds) PhD fellowship for his graduate studies in the Pauli lab! Wonderful news, and congrats on becoming part of the BIF community!

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Weintraub Award for Victoria

03 Mar 2020

Fantastic news from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle: Victoria was awarded the prestigious international Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award for her “outstanding achievements during graduate studies” in Stefano Di Talia’s lab at Duke University. Victoria will attend a symposium of Weintraub Award winners in May at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to share her doctoral work. Big congratulations for this well-deserved award!

More information on the award and Victoria’s graduate student work can be found here:

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DevStem 2020 at the IST

28 Feb 2020

Many members of the Pauli lab took part in the 3rd regional DevStem meeting, this year hosted by the IST. A wonderful day of top-notch science presented by the leaders of tomorrow (= PhD students and postdocs from institutes and universities in the Vienna area). AND a fantastic talk by Jessica from our own lab on Toddler signaling during gastrulation!

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Double success at Marie Curie postdoc fellowships

07 Feb 2020

Last week brought double success for the Pauli lab: With Anastasia Chugunova and Laura Lorenzo Orts not only one but two postdocs received the fantastic news from the European Commission that their Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship applications had been successful! Big congratulations to both of you! You can read more about it here.

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Review on species-specific fertilization

04 Feb 2020

What are the mechanisms that match a specific species’s sperm to the same species’s egg? If you are curious about knowing more about this fascinating topic, check out Krista’s review on ‘Species-specific mechanisms during fertilization’.

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Crystal Award for Frieda!

24 Jan 2020

Who would have thought that a PhD student from the Pauli lab would be awarded a ‘Perutz Crystal Award’ for her excellent research in structural biology? Big congratulations to Frieda, who suprised quite a few members of the VBC structural community about her structural studies during zebrafish development. This is a first for the Pauli lab, and only possible due to a fantastic collaboration with David Haselbach and his lab, as well as Laura in our own lab. Congratulations to Frieda and the whole team!

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Happy New Year

31 Dec 2019

Happy New Year from all of us in the Pauli lab! It’s been an exciting, fun and successful 2019, which saw the first Pauli lab PhD student (Sarah) graduate and a new PhD student (Andreas) as well as three postdocs (Anastasia, Laura, Victoria) join. We are curious to see what 2020 will bring along!

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Winning picture by Victoria Deneke in MBL image contest

23 Dec 2019

Congratulations to Victoria Deneke whose picture of a regenerating zebrafish tail-fin was selected for the 2020 MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory) calendar! Victoria took this picture as a student of the MBL zebrafish course this summer in Woods Hole as part of a class on fin regeneration by Ken Poss. To see all pictures that were selected for the MBL calendar, check out the website. You can order the 2020 calendar here.

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Huygens Image prize for Karin Panser

23 Dec 2019

Congratulations to Karin Panser who won the 3rd prize in the international scientific image contest by Huygens for her stunning confocal image of somites of a 2-day old zebrafish larva. Actin (phalloidin) in orange, nuclei (DAPI) in blue. To read more about the prize and to see all winning pictures, check out the website.

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SFB grant 'RNA-DECO' funded

12 Dec 2019

We are happy to join a diverse group of RNA biologists across Austria (from Vienna, Innsbruck and Klosterneuburg) as part of the newly funded SFB grant RNA-DECO. Congratulations to everyone who contributed to the success of this team-effort!

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EMBO postdoc fellowship for Laura

10 Dec 2019

Congratulations to Laura for having been awarded a prestigious EMBO long-term postdoctoral fellowship. Big congratulations for this well-deserved award!

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Lab Xmas outing

06 Dec 2019

Before the year is over it’s a good time to say a big THANK YOU to everyone - it’s great to see how our lab has grown together (apart from having literally grown…) over the past months. Keep up the great work, team-spirit and motivation, and let’s see what 2020 will bring for us!

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Gingerbread baking

01 Dec 2019

LOTS of sperm, eggs, ribosomes, an exosome, mitochondria, fish, flies (and a ginger bread house as well)… Not the usual type of cookies you would think of for gingerbread baking, but lots of fun and amazingly creative designs! Great team-work in coming up with a ‘special cookie’ for every lab member - way to go, Pauli lab, this was lots of fun!

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Time to celebrate!

08 Nov 2019

At this year’s PhD symposium prize giving the Pauli lab had not only one but two reasons to celebrate: Congratulations to Sarah Herberg, the Pauli lab’s very first PhD student graduate, for winning a VBC PhD student award for her PhD thesis, and to Krista Gert for winning the poster prize of the symposium! Well done and congratulations to the ‘2018 Bouncer-team’!

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ReConnect PhD symposium

07 Nov 2019

This year’s VBC PhD Symposium ReConnect marked the 25th anniversary of the Vienna Biocenter PhD program. Alumni from all years had been invited back to the campus to join current PhD students to celebrate this special occasion. The diverse program included scientific talks by alumni, career workshops by alumni for current students, a reception at the Viennese city hall and a special ‘25 year VBC PhD program’ tram, a VBC QuizShow, graduation ceremony and the VBC PhD student band ‘the pellets’ at the final party. ReConnect was a great success!

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Dr. Chugunova!

04 Nov 2019

Congratulations to Anastasia, who successfully defended her PhD thesis back in Moscow, Russia. Now it’s finally also officially Dr. Chugunova!

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SNF postdoc fellowship for Laura

26 Oct 2019

Laura, who did her PhD in Michael Hothorn’s lab in Geneva, Switzerland, was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the SNF (Swiss National Science Foundation). Big congratulations for this well-deserved award!

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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 for 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!