In exciting news, we have had our paper “The stoichiometry and interactome of the Nucleosome Remodelling and Deacetylase (NuRD) complex are conserved across multiple cell lines” accepted in FEBS J [epub here]. It’s particularly exciting both because it’s Mehdi’s first first-author paper from his PhD and it is also Jason’s first last- and corresponding-author paper. Congratulate them if you see them… The stoichiometry and interactome of the Nucleosome Remodeling and Deacetylase (NuRD) complex is conserved across multiple cell lines
Congratulations to Ingrid and Percy on the successful and drama-free (as much as it can be) birth of their son Toby Macindoe. He was born on Feb 18 at Prince of Wales and both he and his mother are doing just fine!
Nina Ripin, who spent some months in the lab as a Masters’ student in 2011, is the lead author on a nice study focused on the RNA-binding properties of HuR in the latest PNAS. She has combined NMR and X-ray crystallography while working in Fred Allain’s lab at ETH in Zurich to characterize the means by which this protein uses its RRM domains to bind to AU-rich RNA elements. You can read it here.
This year, we had a return to the green lawn of Marrickville Croquet Club for our lab Xmas excursion. As always, a fine time was had by all – it really is a great venue for a day out…
Lab alumna Taylor Szyszka has a position now at UTS where she is coordinating an outreach program for female high school students. It’s a great program that is trying to reach both local and more distant schools in NSW and allowing them to highlight the contributions of *local* women across all these fields. The other day, she had an interview on local radio station 2SER describing the project – you can listen to it HERE.
…as a thank you PhD present? I can’t decide which is my favourite part – the craft beer, the Clif bars that have been lovingly brought all the way from the US or the NMR needlepoint! Well, OK, I can decide… Thanks very much Taylor! And great to hear that the STEM job at UTS is going like a train!
Lab alumna Fionna Loughlin – now working at Monash – has published the culmination of several years of her postdoctoral work in Fred Allain’s lab at ETH in Zurich just last week in Molecular Cell [here]. She has determined the structures of several domains of the protein FUS bound to RNA sequences, and shown how they contribute to FUS-mediated splicing. FUS biology/biochemistry is a hot topic these days – given it’s ability to form phase-separated structures – so it’s good timing. Top effort pushing this through, Fionna!
…and stops herself from otherwise going mad! Hooray – well done Taylor! Now you can get back to all those things you used to do, like sleeping, not spending every weekend in front of a computer in the lab – that sort of thing…
At the Sydney Protein Group’s recent Thompson Prize evening, Mehdi picked up the ATA Scientific Lorne Travel Award (presented by Mark Larance), which will help him attend the 2019 Lorne Conference on Protein Structure and Function. Well done Mehdi!
Earlier this week, Joel visited his favourite primary school – Strathfield North Public School – where he worked with ~100 year 6 students to get them making electric motors and looking at a dodgy hand-made generator that he has made from a Falcon tube, a film canister, many metres of copper wire, an LED and a neodymium magnet. A good time was apparently had by all – teachers included! It’s been 10 years since he joined the CSIRO’s Scientists in Schools program and the collaboration with SNPS is still going strong – largely thanks to Filomena Catanzariti – his teacher …