Lab Bites !

Acknowledgements

The research and people in the laboratory are supported by the Wellcome Trust, BBSRC and the Darwin Trust.

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July 2017

Congratulations to Robin, Ricardo, Pierre and Fiona. Their paper on a novel spatial control mechanism in oocytes has just been accepted for publication in J. Cell Biol!

July 2017

Hiro demonstrated his fly dissection skills to school pupils in a "Kickstart" event. They enjoyed an experience of what a life in a university is like.

May 2017

Hiro is invited for the 2018 EMBL/EMBO Symposium of Microtubules (Heidelberg).

April 2017

The Wellcome Trust Centre had a bi-annual symposium (Centre Retreat) in Pitlochry, Scotland. Pierre gave a talk and Mariana presented posters on their works. Congratulations to Mariana! Mariana won the best poster prize.

April 2017

Pierre and Mariana presented posters in the British Microtubule Meeting in Edinburgh.

April 2017

Mariana was selected to give a talk at the British Meiosis Meeting in Dundee, and presented her work on spindle maturation in oocytes. Pierre presented a poster in the meeting.

April 2017

Breaking news: Hiro's application for an Investigator Award in Science to the Wellcome Trust was successful!

March 2017

Hiro is invited to give a talk about his research to students at an Edinburgh University Biology Society meeting.

March 2017

Charlotte helped a drop-in microscope demonstration "Life through lens" at a local school. Thanks to all people who shared a fun.

February 2017

Hiro is nominated by an undergraduate student for EUSA teaching award. "has been a very good lecturer... with engaging powerpoint and clear explanations. he's also been a great help... listening our feedback and acting very promptly."

January 2017

A new research assistant, Kathryn, has started.

October 2016

New PhD students, Charlotte and Pedro, have started.

August 2016

The centre created glass arts and had an exhibition in Glass House at Botanical Garden in Edinburgh. It includes Fiona's work inspired by a meiotic spindle, and Mila and Hiro engaged conversations with general public about art and science.

August 2016

A new postdoc, Ricardo, has started.

July 2016

Congratulations to Mila and Manuel. Their paper on a histone demethylase (Lid/Kdm5) in meiotic chromosome architecture has just been accepted for publication in PLoS Genetics!

June 2016

Mila was selected to give a talk at Gordon Research Seminar on meiosis, and presented her research as a poster at Gordon Research Conference on meiosis (both in New Hampshire, USA). Hiro also presented Pierre's work as a poster at the same Gordon Research Conference.

April 2016

In the past year, Manuel, Robin, Mariana, Pierre and Mila won talk or poster prizes in various meetings. Very successful year for Ohkura lab!

April 2016

The biennial internal symposium was held at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology in attendance of the international scientific advisory board. Hiro gave a talk on an exciting new finding of the lab. Mariana and Mila presented their new findings as posters. Mila won the best poster prize! Well done to Mila!

April 2016

Pierre gave a selected talks, and Mila and Mariana presented posters in British Meiosis meeting in London. Pierre won the best talk prize, and Mariana won a poster prize! Well done to Pierre and Mariana!

March 2016

Mila, Mariana and Sophie helped Science Festival in Dunbar. Thanks to all people who shared a fun with us.

February 2016

Hiro is nominated by an undergraduate student for EUSA best overall teacher award. "Always kind and approachable, clear lecture note. Excited about his field."

December 2015

Our sentin paper is chosen for this month's Journal Club and Biosight (Podcast) in J Cell Biol. You can download our paper (PDF) and Poadcast from JCB Journal Club without subscription.

November 2015

Robin, Ian and Hiro helped a drop-in microscope demonstration "Life through lens" at the Botanical Gardens Edinburgh. Thanks to all people who shared a fun with us.

November 2015

Congratulations to Agata, Fiona and Mariana. Their paper on roles of Sentin in kinetochore-microtubule attachment in oocytes has just been accepted for publication in J Cell Biol!

October 2015

Congratulations to Agata. Her collaborative paper with Dr McKim's lab on roles of kinetochores in oocytes has just been published in PLoS Genetics!

September 2015

Robin presented a poster on spindle bipolarity in Drosophila oocytes at the EMBO Workshop on Cell Cycle in Budapest.

August 2015

Hiro gave an invited talk on chromatin attachment to nuclear pores, and Manuel and Fiona presented posters on chromatin organisation and kinetochore-microtubule attachment in oocytes at the EMBO Conference on Meiosis in Oxford.

August 2015

Congratulations to Manuel. His paper on chromatin attachment to nuclear pores has just been accepted for publication in Genes & Development!

July 2015

Hiro demonstrated and taught their fly dissection skills to school pupils in a "Kickstart" event. They enjoyed an experience of what a life at a university is like.

June 2015

A collaborative work with Dr. Yasu Saka's lab (Aberdeen) on a mathematical model for bipolar chromosome attachment in mitosis and meiosis has just been accepted for publication in BMC Biology!

May 2015

Mariana was selected to give a talk at the Scottish Drosophila Meeting in St Andrews, and presented her work on spindle maturation in oocytes. Manuel and Robin presented posters.

April 2015

Pierre was selected to give a talk at the British Microtubule Meeting in Edinburgh, and presented his work on a novel microtubule nucleation pathway specific to meiosis. Mariana, Fiona and Robin presented posters.

April 2015

The Wellcome Trust Centre had a bi-annual symposium (Centre retreat) in Pitlochry, Scotland. Congratulations to Robin! Robin's talk at the meeting has been selected for the best talk prize. He presented his work on the new role of 14-3-3 in spindle bipolarity in oocytes. Pierre and Mila presented posters on their works. Finally Pierre won archery competition! A successful retreat for the Ohkura lab.

February 2015

Manuel and Robin were selected for talks, and Pierre and Mila presented posters in British Meiosis meeting in Newcastle. Manuel won the best talk prize! Well done to Manuel!

February 2015

Congratulations to Robin. His paper on CLIP proteins in Drosophila and mammalian neurone has just been accepted in Molecular Biology of the Cell!

December 2014

Congratulations to Elvira. Her paper on new chromosome condensation factors in oocytes has just been accepted in J Cell Sci!

December 2014

Ponsit, a visiting PhD student for 6 months, has arrived from Thailand.

November 2014

Hiro is nominated for an EUSA teaching award by an undergraduate student for the best feedback. "I thank him for encouraging me rather than making me doubt myself. Thank you."

November 2014

A joint lab retreat was held together with Julie Welburn's lab at Medowbank Sport Centre. We had discussion sessions on each other's projects and milestones, and scientific fraud. We also enjoyed playing badminton. Special thanks to Sandeep and Pierre who organised the retreat!

November 2014

Hiro helped a drop-in microscope demonstration "Life through lens" at the Botanical Gardens Edinburgh. Thanks to all people who shared a fun with us.

Oct 2014

Robin and Pierre presented their recent findings as a poster at Jaques Monod Conference on Cell Cycle, held in Roscoff, France.

July 2014

Congratulations to Sara. Her paper on Drosophila Kank has just been accepted in PLoS ONE!

July 2014

Manuel, Fiona and Hiro demonstrated and taught their fly dissection skills to school pupils in a "Kickstart" event. They enjoyed an experience of what a life at a university is like.

June 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Elvira! Elvira has defended her PhD viva successfully.

June 2014

Manuel was selected to give a talk at Gordon Research Seminar on meiosis, and presented his research as a poster at Gordon Research Conference on meiosis (both in New Hampshire, USA). Hiro gave an invited talk at the same Gordon Research Conference.

April 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Agata! Agata has defended her PhD viva successfully.

March 2014

Adele Marston and Hiro organised the British Meiosis Meeting 2014 with great success. Special thanks to all who attended. Elvira gave her talk on chromosome condensation. Congratulations to Manuel for winning the poster prize!

March 2014

Hiro is invited for the 2015 EMBO conference on Meiosis (Oxford).

March 2014

A lab retreat was held at Malmaison Hotel in Leith on 13 March. We had had lively discussion on the latest progress report from each, with a visit to Royal Yacht Britania. Special thanks to Manuel who organised the retreat!

Feb 2014

Mariana, a new PhD student, has arrived from Portugal.

Jan 2014

Hiro is nominated for an EUSA teaching award by an undergraduate student. "His lectures were truly inspiring... Dr. Ohkura managed to keep the students' interest and attention for the whole 50 min of his every lecture... talk about complicated scientific matters without becoming vague and while still remaining very enjoyable and humorous way."

Jan 2014

A happy new year! Congratulations to Karolina. Her paper on EB1 and EB3 aptamers has just been accepted in Molecular Biology of the Cell!

Nov 2013

Hiro is invited for the 2014 Gordon Meiosis Conference (New England).

Nov 2013

A joint lab retreat was held together with Julie Welburn's lab at Edinburgh International Climbing Arena on 21 Nov. We had discussion sessions on each other's projects and milestones, and paper writing. Special thanks to Sarah and Robin who organised the retreat!

Nov 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Sara! Sara has defended her PhD viva successfully.

Nov 2013

The lab has won the 3rd prize for the Centre Halloween pumpkin competition!

Nov 2013

Hiro helped a drop-in microscope demonstration "Life through lens" at the Botanical Gardens Edinburgh. Thanks to all people who shared a fun with us.

Nov 2013

A lab retreat was held at the Pollock Hall (Edinburgh) on 4 Nov. Each presented his/her latest progress and had lively discussion. Special thanks to Pierre who organised the retreat!

Oct 2013

Elvira, Sara and Manuel presented their recent findings as posters at the European Drosophila Research Conference in Barcelona. Hiro chaired the cell cycle session and gave a talk.

Oct 2013

Manuel presented his recent findings as a poster at EMBO Conference, Nuclear Structure and Dynamics, held in France.

Sept 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Karolina! Karolina has defended her PhD viva successfully.

Sept 2013

Mila, a new PhD student, has arrived from Belarus.

Sept 2013

Fiona presented a poster and Hiro gave an invited talk at EMBO Workshop, Drosophila Cell Division Cycle, held in Devon. Both presentation were well received.

July 2013

Congratulations to Heather. Her paper on cell cycle regulation of MAPs has just been accepted in Molecular and Cellular Proteomics!

July 2013

A lab retreat was held at the Waddington Building (Edinburgh) on 29 July. Each presented his/her latest progress and had lively discussion. Special thanks to Elvira who organised the retreat!

June 2013

Congratulations to Nick. His collaborative paper on CLIP-190 mutants has just been accepted in J. Cell Biology!

June 2013

Agata gave a talk on her PhD work in the annual symposium of the Wellcome Trust PhD programme in Cell Biology. Her talk was well received by the audience.

April 2013

Congratulations to Nathalie, Agata and Ana. Their paper on meiosis-specific regulation of Augmin has just been accepted in PLoS Genetics!

April 2013

A lab retreat was held at the Botanical Garden (Edinburgh) on 25 April. Each presented his/her latest progress. Special thanks to Karolina who organised the retreat!

April 2013

The Wellcome Trust Centre had a bi-annual symposium (Centre retreat) in Windermere, Lake District. Congratulations to Heather! Heather's poster at the meeting has been selected for the best poster prize. She presented her proteomics-based multilayered study of microtubule regulation in the cell cycle.

March 2013

Hiro gave an invited talk at the British Meiosis Meeting in Cambridge. Adele and Hiro will organise the next year's meeting in Edinburgh.

March 2013

Hiro is invited to speak at the EMBO Cell Division Cycle Workshop (Exeter) in September.

January 2013

The STEM Society at Craigmont High School (Edinburgh) invited Hiro to give a talk. After a short talk, Hiro together with Sara, Karolina and Sarah (Centre outreach manager) showed students chromosomes, cells and small lives under microscopes.

January 2013

Hiro is invited to chair the cell cycle session at European Drosophila Research Conference (Barcelona) in October.

January 2013

A new postdoc, Robin Beaven, has arrived from Manchester.

December 2012

Elvira gave a talk on her new findings in the annual ICB/ISMB symposium held at The Royal College of Physician, Edinburgh.

December 2012

Hiro is nominated by an undergraduate student for an EUSA Teaching award.

November 2012

Benjamin's work received wide news coverages. They include BBC1 (Scotland), Forth Radio, The Scotsman, The Glasgow Herald, Daily Express, Daily Scottish Mail, Daily Record, Irish Examiner, Irish Evening Herald, Dundee Courier, Metro and various web sites (BBC, SKy, Yahoo). Well done to Benjamin and our press officer Manuel!

October 2012

Agata presented her new findings in a poster at the EMBO meeting on kinetochores and centromeres held in Barcelona.

October 2012

A new postdoc, Pierre Rome, has arrived from France.

September 2012

A lab retreat was held in Waddington Building on 10th September. Each presented his/her latest progress. Special thanks to Heather S who organised and provided wonderful handmade food!

August 2012

The ISAB symposium was held on 30th, 31st August at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology. Hiro gave a talk on an exciting new finding of the lab. Elvira and Manuel presented their new findings as posters.

August 2012

Hiro has been invited to talk at the 5th British Meiosis Meeting held on 27th, 28th March 2013 in Cambridge.

August 2012

We are advertising a postdoc position in the Ohkura lab. The formal advertisement can be found in www.jobs.ed.ac.uk (vacancy reference 3016036). We are very keen to recruit an enthusiastic and talented researcher. If you are interested in it, please contact Hiro.

August 2012

At the end of the month the ISAB symposium is traditionally held in the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology. Hiro is presenting an exciting new finding of the lab.

July 2012

Congratulations to Benjamin and Fiona, whose paper on SRPK’s role in karyosome formation and spindle assembly has just been accepted in The Journal of Cell Science!

July 2012

Manuel, Nathalie, Fiona and Hiro demonstrated their fly skills to school pupils as a part of Kickstart. The students learnt how to dissect testes out of fruit fly, and observed meiosis under a microscope.

June 2012

Karolina presented a poster at the EMBO Microtubule workshop in Heidelberg. She discussed her recent finding on peptide aptamers of microtubule reuglating proteins.

May 2012

The Ohkura Lab proudly announces the successful application of Professor Ohkura for the third renewal of his Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship! Hiro is the first person to whom The Trust has awarded the fourth term of the fellowship. A five-year-grant will be given to the lab’s research on key questions in meiosis in Drosophila oocytes.

March 2012

Elvira and Benjamin presented posters at British Meiosis meeting in Birmingham. Elvira and Benjamin discussed their findings on mutants defective in chromosome alignment, and the role of SRPK in karyosome formation and spindle assemly in oocytes.

February 2012

Congratulations to Nathalie! Her collaborative study with Profs Raff and St Johnston labs on the role of a gamma-tubulin regulatory subunit in oocytes has been accepted to publication in Biology Open.

December 2011

Congratulations to Manuel! Manuel's poster at Scottish Drosophila meeting has been selected for the best poster prize. He presented his new finding on the karyosome in oocytes.

December 2011

Congratulations to Heather! Her collaborative study with Dr Hardwick and Prof Rappsilber labs on phosphorylation in spindle checkpoint has been accepted to publication in Current Biology.

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