Everything you ever wanted to know about our current understanding of cytoplasmic organization by phase separation, from the physics behind it to the consequences for disease, in one comprehensive review:
Last week we bid a fond farewell to our staff scientist Annett Duemmler. Annett has been a fantastic asset to our transgeneomics and phase transition teams, and she will be greatly missed. This week marks the start of her new adventure in Business Development at Merck, covering the European and Asian markets. Best of luck, Annett, and come back to visit us soon!
Last Friday, our graduate student Oliver (Olli) Wüseke valiantly and successfully defended his thesis and officially became Dr. Wüseke! Below you can see a picture of Olli in the special graduation cap made for him by the lab — a centrosome, complete with PCM, microtubules, and motor proteins carrying cargo (pictures of Olli through the years). Congratulations, Olli, on a job well done.
Olli wearing his centrosome hat
Olli’s committee announces that he passed with flying colors
It’s tubulin prep time in the Hyman Lab! We’re teamed up with the Reber Lab, visiting from Berlin, for this labor-intensive process. 10 people, 3 days, and ~100 porcine brains as starting material. We’re nearing the end of day 2, which started at 4am this morning and is still going now at 10pm. But at least there was time for a pizza break!
The latest addition to our “Two Minute Talk” series is also our very first video abstract for a Hyman Lab publication (Begasse et al, 2015). Check it out below! And don’t miss Mark’s Two Minute Talk for more information on the current follow-up work in the lab related to Maria’s paper.
Written and narrated by Maria Begasse. Edited and produced by Lisa Dennison.
Yusuke requested German food for his goodbye dinner, so we went to Augustiner at the Frauenkirche. View more photos of the goodbye party on our lab fun page. We’ll miss you, Yusuke, and we hope you come back to visit again soon!
Two lab members got a chance to check out the Lens on Life exhibit in London this weekend, the artistic output of the MitoSys consortium. If you’re there, don’t miss your opportunity to go see it this week, because it ends on Feb 27! (photos below by Lisa Dennison)
It was a happy day in the Hyman lab! Yesterday we ate our weight in cake to celebrate the publication of Maria and Mark’s paper, and to celebrate Jeff’s birthday. Maria baked 3 cakes, Olli baked one — and all 4 were delicious.
Describe your project in 2 minutes or less! In the latest addition to our “Two Minute Talk” series, postdoc Mark Leaver explains how he studies the adaptation of nematodes to habitats of different temperatures.
Written and narrated by Mark Leaver. Edited and produced by Lisa Dennison.
Congratulations to Hyman lab members Maria Begasse and Mark Leaver on their publication in Cell Reports, which is open access and available now online! Click here for the full text.
Begasse M, Leaver M, Vazquez F, Grill SW, Hyman AA. Temperature dependence of cell division timing accounts for a shift in the thermal limits of C. elegans and C. briggsae. (2015). Cell Reports 10, 1-7.
Graphical Abstract, Cell Reports
In Brief: With climate change, it is important to understand how temperature affects the fitness of cold-blooded organisms. Begasse et al. show that the temperature dependence of cell division differs in two closely related nematodes. This shift in the temperature response has corresponding effects on development and reproductive output.
Stay tuned for a podcast and video abstract about the paper, coming soon!
Two new publications came out last month as a result of collaborations between Hyman lab members and other labs. Congratulations to everyone involved!
Quantitative comparison of a human cancer cell surface proteome between interphase and mitosis. Özlü N, Qureshi MH, Toyoda Y, Renard BY, Mollaoglu G, Özkan NE, Bulbul S, Poser I, Timm W, Hyman AA, Mitchison TJ, Steen JA. EMBO J. 2015 Jan 14;34(2):251-65. doi: 10.15252/embj.201385162. [PubMed]
Cdk1-dependent mitotic enrichment of cortical myosin II promotes cell rounding against confinement. Ramanathan SP, Helenius J, Stewart MP, Cattin CJ, Hyman AA, Muller DJ. Nat Cell Biol. 2015 Feb;17(2):148-59. doi: 10.1038/ncb3098. Epub 2015 Jan 26. [PubMed]
Today, Tony gave a lecture on “Liquid-like compartments in cells: Implications for polarity and disease” at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) in Kobe, Japan (see poster below). This visit also gave him the chance to catch up with former Hyman lab postdoc Yusuke Toyoda! Yusuke is now a researcher at the Institute of Life Science at Kurume University in Japan. Here’s a photo of a very happy Yusuke, out to dinner with Tony in Kobe this evening.
Avinash and Shamba are hard at work in the lab this Christmas break, so a secret Santa made them a special advent calendar to carry them through the Christmas and New Year’s. We’re curious to find out what those envelopes hold.
Wishing everyone happy holidays and a wonderful 2015, from all of us in the Hyman lab!
Tony was interviewed by the radio program MDR Figaro about his Christmas traditions and memories. Listen to the full story here! (In German)
Copyright Heike Schwarzer/MDR Figaro
Read the description in English (translated by Tony) and German below:
Anthony Hyman is Director of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology in Dresden, has lived for 16 years Saxony, and left his native Britain 27 years ago. How do you experience Christmas if you were born in Israel, grew up in London, lived in the United States and are now at home in Dresden? Does Christmas happen as in your own childhood on December 25 ? Or rather like those of your neighbors in Dresden on the 24th? What do you sing, what do you eat? What Christmas rituals are important at all? For Anthony Hyman, everything is written down in a prized book, with some Saxon additions. With the help of this book, Heike Schwarzer discusses Christmas with Anthony Hyman.
Antony Hyman ist Direktor des Max-Planck-Instituts für Molekulare Zellbiologie in Dresden, seit 16 Jahren lebt er in Sachsen und vor 27 Jahren hat er sein Heimatland Großbritannien verlassen. Doch wie erlebt man Weihnachten, wenn man in Israel geboren wurde, in London aufgewachsen ist, lange in den Vereinigten Staaten lebte und nun in Dresden zu Hause ist? Passiert Weihnachten wie in der eigenen Kindheit am 25.Dezember? Oder so wie bei den Nachbarn in Dresden? Am 24ten? Und überhaupt, was singt man, was isst man? Welche Weihnachtsrituale sind überhaupt wichtig? Bei Antony Hyman steht alles in einem besonderen Weihnachtsbuch und einiges kam in Dresden neu dazu. Heike Schwarzer hat mit Antony Hyman darin geblättert.
Last Friday, Dec 12 was the annual MPI-CBG Christmas party, and this year the theme was “CBG: Chic, Beautiful, Glamorous.” The dress code was black tie, and it was great to see so many people decked out in their finest, including Tony in his tux! The whole party was fabulously organized by Reni Schimmel and our own Christina Kuss.
Are you at the annual ASCB meeting in Philadelphia right now? If so, don’t miss tonight’s talk by Hyman lab postdoc Jeff Woodruff. He will be speaking at 6:05pm in Minisymposium 16: Microtubule Assemblies and their Functions, giving a talk entitled, “Regulated assembly of a supramolecular centrosome scaffold in vitro.” You’ll also find our postdoc Louise Jawerth at the meeting, so make sure to seek her out to discuss biophysics and phase separation.
There is no denying the magic of the Dresden Christmas Markets, and the season is finally upon us. The Hyman lab took it’s annual outing on Tuesday, Dec 2 and visited one of our favorites, the Neumarkt Christmas market, for some Feuerzangenbowle, Handbrot, and fun. Happy Adventszeit (Advent/Christmas Season) everyone!
Bea, Astrid, Andrés, Olli, and Avinash at the Christmas market