Mehdi and Jason’s paper accepted at FEBS J

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

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A nice piece of work from Nina

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.

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Taylor – our STEAMpunk star – in the media again

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.

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Fionna’s new protein-RNA complex structure appears in Molecular Cell

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!

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Joel’s tenth anniversary of Scientists in Schools

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 …

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