News: Welcome to Mattia Fontana…

…who joined our lab for his Master thesis. Mattia is a student at the University of Bologna and, supported by an Erasmus fellowship, he will spend six months in Wageningen to work on the combination of single-molecule detection and novel microfluidic devices.

News: Welcome to Alejandro Montón…

…who is a PhD student at the University of Bologna working on DNA polymerases. He received an Erasmus fellowship to spend three months in our lab. He will study his favourite DNA polymerases using single-molecule FRET assays.

News: Marie Curie Career Integration Grant (CIG)

Good news! Our proposal “Nanofluidic devices for high-throughput single-molecule fluorescence detection (Nanofluidic-SMFD)” has been granted by the European Commission (FP7-PEOPLE-2013-CIG, #630992). The proposed work aims at utilising nanofluidic devices to overcome current limitations in single-molecule-fluorescence detection. Specifically, we are hoping to monitor enzymatic reactions such as DNA polymerisation in real time without immobilising any of the involved molecules to a surface as it is currently necessary.  For this project, we will continue our collaboration with Klaus Mathwig (www.kmathwig.com).

News: Welcome to Carel Fijen…

…who joins the group to pursue his PhD thesis. He is going to study DNA polymerases interacting with DNA by employing single-molecule FRET techniques. He graduated in Molecular Life Sciences here at Wageningen University.

News: Welcome to Stefan Hutten and Stef van der Krieken…

…who join the group for their Bachelor thesis. In close cooperation with the Laboratory of Biochemistry, we are going to look into Arabidopsis lines that express transcriptional regulators (Stef van der Krieken, project with Prof. Dr. Dolf Weijers) and plasma membrane steroid receptors (Stefan Hutten, project with Prof. Dr. Sacco de Vries).

News: Hello, good-bye, and single molecules

A big welcome to Shazia Farouq (PhD 2012-01-15_T1B17student in the van Amerongen group)! Shazia will take over some of Andy’s projects, who left the group to pursue new endeavours. Thanks to Andy’s work in the last three months, we are now able to detect single fluorescent molecules on our microscope. Hooray!

Picture: Doubly labelled DNA (dyes: Cy3B and ATTO647N) immobilised on a glass surface. The green detection channel is on the left, red detection channel (FRET channel) on the right.