After a short flight from Heathrow to Schiphol and some trains and buses later, Andy and I arrived in Wageningen with all our luggage and cardboard-wrapped bikes. On Monday, we had fun opening the boxes from Thorlabs with parts for our new multi-colour TIRF microscope. Opinions on how soon we will be able to detect single, fluorescent molecules seem to differ quite a bit and a couple of bets have been placed, but we accept the challenge and are hoping to share some images in a few weeks time (and collect our winnings).
Good news: I accepted an offer for a position in the Laboratory of Biophysics in Wageningen (NL). Starting in Autumn 2012, my group is going to employ single-molecule methods, such as single‐molecule FRET and super‐resolution microscopy, to study biological processes on the molecular level.
We will study DNA-Protein interactions with a focus on DNA replication and repair. Besides continuing work on the bacterial DNA polymerase I (Klenow Fragment), we will start investigating the human base excision repair pathway (BER), a cellular mechanism responsible for the repair of damaged sites in DNA.
If you are interested in joining the group as a Bachelor-, Master- or PhD-student, don’t hesitate to contact me for more information!