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MEEL lab meeting Dec 10 2020

For this week’s meeting, Staffan and Qinying added more details about the upcoming Christmas festivity held on ZOOM next Thursday. There will be quiz, music and even an unprecedented photography contest! Everyone’s really looking forward to it!

December 10, 2020

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MEEL lab meeting Dec 3 2020

This week, MEEL meeting was held on ZOOM where Sandra Eltschkner showed her study about “Structural basis of pathogen recognition in the great reed warbler

Christmas is approaching! This week’s meeting is the last one in 2020 having presentation.

December 10, 2020

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MEEL lab meeting Nov 26 2020

The MEEL meeting of this week was held on ZOOM and expected to continue in this way at least until the end of December. 

For this week, Hongkai gave a presentation titled “Studying timing of recombination suppression of sex chromosome genes with Evolutionary placement algorithm (EPA)”.

December 10, 2020

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MEEL Lab meeting Oct 29 2020

In light of LU’s recommendation, MEEL meeting was held fully digitally from this week. For this week, we have a talk from Mridula titled as “Balancing selection in the complement system of bank voles”. In a nutshell, she used BetaScan and nucleotide diversity (π) to study the selection for the genes in the complement system.

November 4, 2020

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MEEL Lab meeting Oct 22 2020

Today’s meeting was held both in Red room and online. Today Robin Pranter delivered a presentation about his analysis on the dimond pattern formation on the back of an anole lizard species. In his presentation, he showed us the identified a candidate loci and experiment of development.  

October 29, 2020

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MEEL Lab meeting Oct 15 2020

In today’s MEEL meeting, we meet a new face whose name is Shivani Ronanki. She is going to work on a project using black bird with Arne. Welcome to join the big MEEL family!

Today’s talk was given by Samatha, titled as “MHC amplicons from family data: a complementary way to verify “parental” origin of the MHC genes in the great reed warbler genome assembly”. With her excellent “detective” job, Samatha showed us where the MHC genes derived from (i.e. from mother or father) and the possibility to study parental origins with PCR amplicons. In addition, she also discussed about the feasibility for all 4 primer pairs used in the PCR. 

October 21, 2020

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MEEL Lab meeting Oct 8 2020

Today’s MEEL meeting was held in both Darwin room (IRL) and ZOOM(online). According to Staffan, the place where the meeting is held is likely to incorporate Red room (IRL) for every week later. The red room’s capacity is around 30 people. In this special time of confronting Covid-19, the people of MEEL are getting resourceful.

In today’s talk, Chiara presented some amazing results from studying predator-induced maternal effects in fish (guppy). She showed an experiment design of assigning the same male to two groups of females which received different treatments (one with the presence of predator). The fries of two groups were collected for a series of tests. One of the results is that the fries from the predator-treated group showed higher propensity of dispersal. 

Best of luck to Chiara’s research and wish she has more amazing results to deliver in the future!

October 13, 2020

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MEEL Lab Meeting Oct 1 2020

Today’s Lunch meeting in MEEL, Nathalie gave a talk on her future project that have just received the funding from the prestigious ERC junior starting grant.

For the coming five years, she will set out to explain what are the processes and mechanisms behind the parallel evolution of the green colour morphs that happened in 6 species pairs among the European common wall lizards.

The key to understand the independent reoccurrence of this “green phenotype” lies in the development of neural crest cells. As lizards develop, the neural crest cells migrate to different parts of the body and specialises, influencing a suite of morphological and behavioural traits, traits that are largely responsible for the differences between the “normal” brown wall lizards and their green cousins.

Nathalie will intergrate comparative developmental biology, evolutionary genomics and experimental developmental biology to 1). identify candidate epigenetic and genetic markers that are implicated in the development of neural crest cells; and 2). use techniques like CRISPR to directly establish causal links between the candidate (epi)genetic markers and the phenotype.

Best of luck Nathalie and we are excited to follow your research!

October 2, 2020

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MEEL Lab Meeting Sep 18 2020

In today’s lab meeting, more of us have have gathered IRL in the red room, where it has the capacity of hosting roughly 26 distanced people. A few technical hick-ups in the beginning, but the meeting continued without major issues.

The main topic came from our lab engineer Maria Svensson Coelho, who gave an introduction to electronic lab notebooks (ELN). In her talk, she outlined what’s out there, and things to consider when choosing an ELN for your lab. First, the value of having an ELN in keeping your notes safe and your research reproducible. Second, the legal and security aspects that we should consider. For example, we should preferably choose an ELN provider that is based in Europe. Third, the costs and the basic equipments required to set up an ELN shared between lab members, which includes an e-tablet. And finally, she gave a demo on how does ELN actually work in her real-lab situations.

One can never be too careful in keeping their scientific records safe and correct, so we thank Maria to share her experience of using ELN in her lab management for over a year. People are interested and we discussed the benefits and practical obstacles in implementing ELN in MEEL. Maybe we’ll all have an iPad one day?

September 18, 2020

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MEEL Lab Meeting Sep 10 2020

In today’s MEEL lunch meeting, people got together both IRL and virtually. Qinyang gave an informal talk about sex allocation in a hermaphroditic flatworm, a project he did when he was working in Jessica Abbot’s lab.

Later, Qinyang and Hongkai introduced a stratified lottery system in selecting MEEL meeting presenters for this autumn semester. Basically, the odds of being picked was reversal to one’s academic seniority. Draws were performed live and a draft presenters list was generated.

Despite of organisers’ effort, methodology and transparency of the lottery was subject to some degree of skepticism, mostly coming from the selected presenters.

September 10, 2020

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