The genome of Parhyale hawaienis

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We have published our paper describing the genome of the amphipod crustacean Parhyale hawaiensis.   The paper is available here   Congratulations to all our collaborators. We will add more to the lab website about Parhyale soon!

Nobu was invited to the Gordon Research Conference, 2016

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“Extracellular Vesicles” Gordon Research Conference 21st-26th August 2016. I was invited to give a talk on my previous research at the Gordon Research Conference titled “Extracellular Vesicles”,Sunday River, Newry, USA from 21st August to 26th August 2016. It took nearly … Continued

Upcoming conferences and meetings for the lab.

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Meeting dates and locations 2016   2nd Cologne Ageing Conference, April 3rd-5th, 2016, Cologne, Germany Attending: Aziz (invited Speaker)   EMBO Workshop: Multiple functions of piRNAs and PIWI proteins, April 6th-9th, 2016, Montpelier, France Attended: Aziz (invited speaker)   EMBL … Continued

Lab retreat at Slapton Ley: 3 – 6th August 2014

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Aboobaker lab and guests fully equipped with walking shoes, waterproof jackets and wellingtons took off on a field trip to Slapton Ley, Devon (http://www.slnnr.org.uk) in hope to collect flatworms, exchange ideas and form collaborations…to be continued…  

Congratulations to Damian (PhD)

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Damian Kao successfully defended his PhD thesis (pending corrections to the final version). His grilling was administered by Professor Richard Emes (Nottingham) and Professor Mark Blaxter (Edinburgh). Some pictures of the ensuing celebrations follow.    

Welcome to Nobu

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We are delighted to welcome Nobuyoshi Kosaka to the group. Nobu has been awarded a JSPS fellowship to join us.

EMBO Fellowship success

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Congratulations and welcome to Alvina Lai for being awarded an EMBO long term fellowship for her research in the Aboobaker Lab. These highly competitive fellowships provide prestigious funding for the most talented postdoctoral researchers.

Congratulations to Jordi Solana

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Congratulations to Jordi on publication of his fantastic paper on the role of the CCR4/NOT1 mRNA deadenylation complex in controlling stem cell differentiation in planarians. the paper is here   This was work started in The Aboobaker lab and finished … Continued

Well done Ellen for being a star!

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The lab is very proud to announce that our colleague Ellen Aboukhatwa has been awarded a prize for her “Transfer talk” in the Department of Zoology here in Oxford. CONGRATULATIONS! Ellen presented her work on developing planarians as a model … Continued

Congratulations to Priscilla and Farah

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Finally after what seems the longest time the lab has published our paper on the single methyl biding domain (MBD) protein in the genome of the planarian Schmidtea mediterranea. This paper represents a lot of work by a lot of … Continued

Aziz is an Editor at PloS genetics

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We are big suporters of Open Access in the lab and have made an effort in recent years to publish in OA journals or take OA options wherever we can afford to. One of my favourite journals, because it fits … Continued

Wikithon

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At the end of last year Peter Holland, the Head of Department, had the interesting idea that a few of us should get together and edit Wikipedia pages. It was an enjoyable day, where about 30 of us gathered in … Continued

I plan to live forever, you?

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When I was a child, I had this persistent belief that I will live forever. Recently, I have been wondering if living forever is indeed a tangible thing or science fiction. To understand and think about ways of delaying or … Continued

The Lab is moving to Oxford!

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The lab will move physically over the summer and we will officially start in Oxford on October 1st. We will be based in the Department of Zoology at Oxford, and Aziz will be attached to Lady Margaret Hall as A Tutor … Continued

Information theory and evolution

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Information theory as an interdiciplinary field consisting of engineering, physics, bioinformatics, mathematics, and many others started with Claude E. Shannon‘s 1948 paper, “A mathematical theory of communication“. Advancements in this field have been instrumental in improving communication across the world from … Continued

Q&A: Youtube video comments

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We had a lot of great questions/comments posted in the comments section of the youtube video released a month ago. I’ve copied and categorized all the relevant questions and comments in this entry. There were a lot of people asking … Continued

An overview of the various planarian transcriptomes

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This post is taken directly from my blog at blog.nextgenetics.net.  In terms of sequences, there are currently quite a lot of data in the planarian (Schmidtea medterranea) field. We have an assembled genome from University of Washington’s genome institute and various transcriptome assemblies using different sequencing platforms. … Continued