November 2022:
Riccardo won one of the “XS” grants from the Dutch funding agency for his research idea to boost the production of anti-Alzheimer’s natural products by genome engineering of fungi. Well done, Riccardo! #ProudPI

Nika and I participated in a community effort to annotate biosynthetic gene clusters for the MIBiG database last year. The results were just published in NAR!

October 2022:
We just posted Bo’s first research manuscript on BioRxiv. Great collaboration with the groups of Matthew Groves and Wim Quax! DOI: 10.1101/2022.10.02.510496

The Science Festival @ Forum Groningen was a great success. More than 100 families came to our booth to learn about the use of fungi in food, pharma and biotech and to make fun clay mushrooms. You can see the pictures of the pieces of art in the “Zpannend Zernike” tab of this website. Thank you, Riccardo and Niels for being such great tour guides through the world of fungi.

September 2022:
The Haslinger lab will participate in the Science Festival @ Forum Groningen with an activity for children – Fun with Fungi!
Here is the link to the event program (in Dutch)

July 2022:
A new PhD student, Xiao Li, is joining our group. We are excited to have her!

June 2022:
First proper lab outing: we saved the world from a devastating plant virus at the Groningen EscapeHunt and enjoyed delicious Indonesian food afterwards. Unfortunately, Bo couldn’t join us but we will have another outing soon. Thanks for organizing, Riccardo!

May 2022:
Nika gave a talk about the early results of her PhD project at the Natural Products (Meta) Genome Mining conference at The Novo Nordisk Foundation #ProudPI

A small step for mankind, a huge step for the Haslinger lab: our first sequencing run with Oxford Nanopore! Good luck, Ting&Riccardo

April 2022:
First conference travel since the start of the pandemic. Kristina attended the KNVM Spring meeting in Arnhem (NL) and gave a short talk in the synthetic biology session, the Westerdijk Spring Symposium in Amsterdam (NL) with a short talk in the natural products session, and the NextGenBiocat in Delft (NL) as one of the invited speakers.

February 2022:
Lots of fun stuff going on in the Haslinger lab in this new year:

  • Kristina came back from maternity leave and received good news about her application for the FEBS Excellence Award! The funds will be spent over the next three years on our fungal research, especially Ting’s project on the microbiome of medicinal plants.
  • Two BSc students started their research projects under Ting’s supervision. Welcome, Marit and Khiara!
  • Two MSc students are starting their projects this term under Riccardo’s supervision. Welcome Fons and Iris!
  • Sadaf and Pim just had their mid-term evaluation for their MSc projects and they are both doing great. Fingers crossed for the upcoming experiments!

November 2021:
Time flies. It’s already been a year since Nika, Bo and Ting arrived in the Netherlands and started their projects! We are excited to see what the next year(s) will bring!
Two Masters students have joined the lab for their thesis projects. Welcome Sadaf and Pim!

June 2021:
For the upcoming academic year, we are looking for talented MSc students eager to learn about pathway engineering in E. coli or the development of genetic tools in fungi. Please email us if you are interested!
Our new lab space for working with fungi is almost ready. We are just waiting for the gas lines to be connected and then we are good to go!

March 2020:
We are happy to welcome our new postdoc, Riccardo, to the team. He just defended his PhD thesis in the last week of February and dove right into his new research topic in the Haslinger lab. Welcome aboard!

Congratulations, Rosa, on the publication of your review on Genetics and Genomics of Endophytic Fungi for Bioprospecting Efforts. Awesome to see hard work paying off!

October 2020:
Early Christmas at the department: new shakers for the Schmidt and Haslinger labs and the entire department.

August 2020:
Nika Sokolova accepted a PhD position in the Haslinger lab. Originally from Odesa, Ukraine, Nika graduated this year from Maastricht University cum laude. We are excited to welcome her to the lab in November 2020!

July 2020:
Mrs. Ting He from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and Mr. Bo Peng from Hubei University received scholarships from the Chinese Scholarship Council to enroll in the Graduate School of Science and Engineering at the University of Groningen and join the Haslinger lab as PhD students in the fall of 2020. Congratulations Ting and Bo! We are excited to welcome you to the team!

June 2020:
First B.Sc students successfully complete their B.Sc thesis in the Haslinger lab. Congratulations Sadaf Deravi and Kahramen Gercek! It’s been a pleasure e-working with you during the Coronavirus lockdown.

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