We are thrilled with the opportunity provided by the ERC starting grant that was awarded for our research on archaeal viruses. We will try to answer the question how archaeal viruses compete with each other for access to cellular resources. Thank you ERC! New job openings will follow this summer.
Tessa has been awarded the Early Career Award by the KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences). The KNAW presents twelve of these awards to researchers at Dutch universities annually. The award is intended for young researchers with innovative, original research ideas.
The lab recently moved to the University of Groningen (RUG) in the Netherlands, where we found an exiting new environment for our research on archaeal viruses at the Groningen Biomolecular Sciences & Biotechnology Institute. You can find us at the Linnaeusborg at the Zernike Campus.
Zaloa Aguirre Sourrouille joined the lab as a new Phd student. She works on a PhD project funded by the Hector Fellow Academy. We are really happy to welcome Zaloa in our group!
Colin and Sabines publication on H. gibbonsii LR2-5 is now published in Frontiers in Microbiology. Check it out here
Two new papers of the lab were published this week:
Schwarzer S, Rodriguez-Franco M, Oksanen H.M., Quax T.E.F. (2021) Growth phase dependent cell shape of Haloarcula. Microorganisms. https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2607/9/2/231
And a review paper on how viruses use filamentous surface structures of bacteria and archaea was published in ‘Viruses’
Tittes C, Schwarzer S, Quax T.E.F. (2021) Viral hijack of filamentous surface structures in Archaea and Bacteria. Viruses. https://www.mdpi.com/1999-4915/13/2/164
The joint publication with the Albers and Duggin labs on the role of archaeal MinD in motility is now officially published in Current Biology.
The recent paper from Zhengqun is now online at Molecular Microbiology. In this paper we show that ArlCDE are important to transfer signals from the chemotaxis system to the archaeal motility structure. Read more here.
Colin Tittes has joined the archaeal virus group as a PhD student at the beginning of November.