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 …

Some photos from the Lab Retreat 2016

Sunny weather, volleyball and great discussions made the lab retreat particularly inspiring this year. This winding path to the beach remined me of the winding path of science. We also spotted some island wildlife: Another highlight was s’mores on the beach. (photo credit: Muluye Liku) Bob demonstrated some advanced technique. …

Recap of Winter-QBio 2016

This conference is a very inspiring experience for me, in terms of both my own research project and my perspective on biology in general. Although the ocean was equally tempting (Figure 1), I managed to listen through every presentation. As being someone who has passion in modelling, I was amazed …

Table tennis tournament 2015

Last week the lab rekindled its long tradition of ping pong with Stephen Wright’s lab. The competition was fun and fierce, but Tyler won the day. Congratulations to all who came out, and check out the tournament webpage for the official results. The level of play in this year’s final …

Farewell to Gavin and Selma

To celebrate Gavin’s Masters Defense and Selma’s summer project, the lab went bowling last week. We were lucky to have a special guest lab alumnus on hand. Although Selma started strong, Alex won the day with two strikes and a spare. Honourable mentions go to Mitch and Taraneh who finished …

A short re-cap of SMBE 2015

I thought it’d be nice to write a summary of my experience at SMBE before returning from Vienna. I’m sitting in the central train station here, fresh off a 12-hour train journey from Berlin. My flight back to Toronto is not for another few hours, and I finally have a …

Model organism emoji

Dear readers: I’m looking for standard emoticons for model organisms. Does anyone know where to find these? So far I found: Mouse <:3)~ Fish <))))>< What about flies, worms, arabidopsis and yeast? Is yeast just Oo ? Thanks! Alan