Lab retreat 2018

As we have done for the last few years, the lab decided to organize a retreat this year to take some time to think about the big picture: where we are and where we are going. However, this year being the 10th anniversary of the lab, we decided to follow …

new lab logo !

As part of our lab’s 10th anniversary celebration this year, I’m proud to unveil our new logo. It has been nearly a year in the making, so thanks to everyone who contributed ideas, feedback and criticism. In the end, we all owe thanks to Ian for the design vision and …

Dispatch from Dresden

With just a few weeks left until my return to Toronto, I’m finally getting around to writing a post about my trip abroad! For readers who are not aware, I’ve spent the last couple of months on a visiting fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and …

ravines retreat june 2017

Last month the lab descended into the post-urban wilderness of the Toronto ravines. We got to see some pretty wildlife, and we got some nice fotos: There was plenty of time to talk science, especially during rain breaks. Gurdeep was a good sport to chat to us about transcription factors …

A blog post about blog posts

I’ve been a fan of blogs ever since I became aware of their existence. This must have been sometime around 2002, when I started my first blog on my parents’ AOL trial dial-up connection. I’m not entirely sure why I needed a blog back then, but it ended up being …

Vote Eisen in ’18

Unofficial campaign T-shirts are in! Thanks to Taraneh (left) for helping to design (photo credit Bob Strome). I did my PhD in Mike’s lab, and he inspired the highest standards of integrity, idealism and critical thinking. I hope California gets to take advantage!

First thoughts about the GBB

I’ve recently taken over as director of the graduate program in genome biology and bioinformatics. As a graduate of an interdisciplinary graduate group myself, I think meeting like-minded students early my graduate career was invaluable to my scientific development. When it works, bringing tools, ideas and expertise from one discipline …