Di Ventura Lab

Molecular and Cellular Engineering

... Image of Dr. Barbara Di Ventura

Figure 1: Group leaders have a hard life. Representative image of a thoughtful group leader thinking to herself “When will we finally publish a Nature paper?!?!”

Dr. Barbara Di Ventura

Group Leader

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+ 49 6221 5451312
Nationality:
Italian
Protein/molecules of interest:
p53, MinD, MinC, MinE, NRPs, AsLOV2, ...
Most useful bioinformatics tool:
BLAST
Best model organism:
everything but drosophila!
Favorite plasmid/cloning strategy:
classical restriction enzymes (totally boring I know... no fancy Golden Gate or Gibson assembly!!)
Amounts of coffee per day:
one mag in the morning, a moccacino, iced macchiato or espresso after lunch
Favorite cafeteria food:
salmon and strawberries – well, not together obviously!
Songs to best describe lab life on a good day/on a bad day:
hum...this one is tough...I sing all the time all the songs that come to my mind but never associated a specific song to the lab...ok, let's say "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang on a good day and "I will survive" by Gloria Gaynor on a bad day
Favourite place in the lab:
mostly stuck at my desk...but I’d rather be at the benches where exciting experiments are being made
1 Group leaders have a hard life. Representative image of a thoughtful group leader thinking to herself “When will we finally publish a Nature paper?!?!”

Enoch Boasiako Antwi

PhD Student

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+ 49 6221 54 51314
Nationality:
Worldian
Protein/molecules of interest:
Transcription factors
Most useful bioinformatics tool:
apE
Best model organism:
You :)
Favorite plasmid/cloning strategy:
pI408/Traditional
Amounts of coffee per day:
I hate coffee :(
Favorite cafeteria food:
I rather starve ;)
Songs to best describe lab life on a good day/on a bad day:
“Happy”- Pharrell Williams / -
Favourite place in the lab:
In front of my PC
2 PhD students can rise to the occasion. Representative image of an extremely well dressed PhD student taking part in an official event. These data disprove the diffused opinion that researchers are unable to wear anything fashionable.

Anna Degen

PhD Student

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+ 49 6221 54 51313
Nationality:
German
Protein/molecules of interest:
Frankenstein’s… no: Anna’s monster enzymes stitched together from different NRPSs and IndC to make Indigoidine
Most useful bioinformatics tool:
Clustal Omega, UCSF Chimera, Deezer
Best model organism:
Workhorse Escherichia Coli
Favorite plasmid/cloning strategy:
pCDFDuet (featuring two MCSs for when a little extra is needed and a not so common Spectinomycin resistance so you have your lab stocks all to yourself)/Gibson Assembly for scar-free cloning of Anna’s monster
Favorite tool in the lab:
Vacuum manifold (“pig”) for MiniPreps etc.
Amounts of coffee per day:
Moderate, varies from 0 – 3 cups
Favorite cafeteria food:
Käsespätzle (cheese spaetzle) followed by a dark chocolate chip cookie with iced macchiato
Songs to best describe lab life on a good day/on a bad day:
“Let’s Dance to Joy Division” by The Wombats / “Arbeit” by Sido and Helge Schneider
3 PhD students’ energies can be regenerated. PhD student exposed to snow and beautiful landscapes shows a broad smile signifying a high level of satisfaction and inner peace.

Navaneethan Palanisamy

PhD Student

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+ 49 6221 54 51314
Nationality:
Indian
Protein/molecules of interest:
MinD, MinC, MinE, Proteases, Reverse Transcriptases, and RNA and DNA aptamers
Most useful bioinformatics tool:
SnapGene Viewer, PyMOL, PDBsum and UCSF Chimera
Best model organism:
E. coli
Favorite plasmid/cloning strategy:
pJC20 and pET28 / Ligation Independent Cloning
Amounts of coffee per day:
Max. 2 cups
Favorite cafeteria food:
Chicken Nuggets
Songs to best describe lab life on a good day/on a bad day:
Eminem's 'Not Afraid' Songs / Bruno Mars's 'The Lazy Song'
Favourite place in the lab:
Windows in front of my room :)
4 Computer mysteries. Different background, body position and facial expression are clearly visible in this photo compared to the one in the slider. What is going on here?

Edoardo Romano

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Nationality:
Italian
Protein/molecules of interest:
Every light-activated proteins, but only if they have cool names
Most useful bioinformatics tool:
Every colored-free-user friendly alignment tool
Best model organism:
Zebrafish, when they don't die
Favorite plasmid/cloning strategy:
Automated methods like Gateway and Gibson cloning are a good way to reduce my cloning mistakes!
Amounts of coffee per day:
An average of 2 cups. Strong coffee from moka, of course!
Favorite cafeteria food:
Everything that is not "Italian" food :)
Songs to best describe lab life on a good day/on a bad day:
Rhianna - Work...Just kidding; good day: Muse - Feeling good; bad day: Queen - Don't try suicide
Favourite place in the lab:
Chilling at my desk during an incubation time
5 PhD students wear interesting outfits. Bio bananas decorate the shirt of this specimen.

Pierre Wehler

PhD Student

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+ 49 6221 54 51313
Nationality:
Earthling
Protein/molecules of interest:
The Guardian of the Genome aka p53
Most useful bioinformatics tool:
Ape
Best model organism:
Grad Students
Favorite plasmid/cloning strategy:
pcDNA3.1 (+)
Amounts of coffee per day:
coffee refusenik
Favorite cafeteria food:
green tagliatelle with mushroom sauce, yummi
Songs to best describe lab life on a good day/on a bad day:
Blue Suede - Hooked on a Feeling or Queen - Don´t Stop me Now / Queen - I want to break free or David Hasselhoff: I've been looking for freedom
Favourite place in the lab:
Cell Culture - Only Place where I can listen music at full volume
6 PhD students are good sailors. Despite the ocean of adversities awaiting them, PhD students embark in their projects full of hope and enthusiasm.

Daniel Weis

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+49 6221 54 51314
Nationality:
German
Protein/molecules of interest:
Npu-DnaE
Most useful bioinformatics tool:
BLAST
Best model organism:
E. coli
Favorite plasmid/cloning strategy:
Gibson Assembly
Amounts of coffee per day:
2 cups
Favorite cafeteria food:
various
7 A bit of classicism does not hurt. One does not always have to show off in fancy poses and exotic backgrounds. The good old-school photo can do, too.

Jelle

Technical Assistant

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Nationality:

Dutch

Protein/Molecule of interest:

The LOV2 domain so far... anything photoswitchable, really.

Most useful bioinformatics tool:

BLASTp

Best model organism:

S. cerevisiae

Favorite plasmid/cloning strategy:

Scar-free Golden Gate cloning (bonus points to Dueber's Yeast ToolKit).

Favourite tools in the lab:

Nanodrop

Amounts of coffee per day:

None at all, but can be bribed with tea.

Favorite cafeteria food:

TBD

Songs to best describe lab life on a good day/on a bad day:

On a good day, the oldies: Blondie, Queen, Eurythmics, "Don't You Want Me?". On a bad day, dead silence.

Favourite place in the lab:

The cold room, especially on hot days...

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