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June 2013: Alex has left the lab

Alexander Striebeck has left the DVA lab after 4.5 years. He came in 2009 to work as a technichian. After three months he started his PhD project founded by the BBSRC and SULSA. Just last month he passed his viva and will now move to Copenhagen where he will start in Monica Palcic's group at the Carlsberg lab as a post-doc. All the best and good luck to him. He will be surley missed.

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May 2013: Alex has passed his viva

Alexander Striebeck has passed his viva on 30/05 and is now Dr Striebeck. The whole lab is celebrating his success. He was grilled by Dr Tracey Gloster (Univeristy of St. Andrews) and Prof Tracy Palmer for about three hours. And he clearly enjoyed the drinks afterwards! Good luck to him as a post-doc in Copenhagen!

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Apr 2013: Tony has passed his viva

Xiaowei "Tony" Zheng has passed his viva on 25/04 and is now Dr Zheng. Congratulations to him. After "just" five hours together with his external examiner Prof Tony Lefebvre (University of Lille) and the internal examiner Dr Arno Mueller, he was reliefed to finish his four year long journey.

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Mar 2013: GRC 2013 Glycobiology

Helge, Nithya, Alex, and Frank went to Ventura, CA (USA) to attend the 2013 GRC Glycobiology. All four presented posters and Frank was invited to give a poster talk. They enjoyed the week and a couple of days in San Francisco and San Jose afterwards.

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Oct 2012: DVA brain-storming session

The lab had a brain-storming session at Daan's place to talk about the past, present and future of the lab. We had great food, drinks and good company.

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Oct 2012: Article features on BBC News

The work of our group and our collaborators on the mechanism of O-GlcNAc transferase (OGT, Publications) has been featured on BBC News (Dundee press release).

Mar 2012: Magnificent Microbes

The group presented their work at the Magnificent Microbes event on the 10th. Learn more about it.

Oct 2011: Alex's poster presentations earn him prizes.

Alex won the poster prize at the 2nd International Fungal Cell Wall Meeting in Giens (France). His poster and presentation led to a cash prize and excellent French wine among the 35 presenters. Alex was surrounded by attendees (left) and Jean-Paul Latgé, the organiser of the meeting, presented his prize to him (right).

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On top of that, only two weeks later his poster was among the five finalists at the 3rdyear PhD students poster presentation at the College of Life Sciences. Well done, Alex!

Feb 2011: Daan wins RSC Dextra medal

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Daan has been awarded the 2011 RSC Dextra medal together Stuart Haslam (right, together with Rob Field, middle) from Imperial College. Both received the silver medal and a cash prize and Daan was invited to give a talk at the Royal Society of Chemistry meeting from 15th-16th September 2011. Find more information in the press release.

Jan 2011: The lab sets up a spin-out company

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GlycoBioChem, providing research tools for the O-GlcNAc and fungal cell wall research community

Dec 2010: Marianne passes her PhD viva!

After 2 hours of examination by Gerry Hart & Mike Ferguson, Marianne has made it to scientific adulthood and is now Dr. Schimpl. Congratulations!

Nov 2011: DVA provides cover for latest Chemistry & Biology issue.

Cover of Chemistry & BiologyThe article "Cell-penetrant, nanomolar O-GlcNAcase inhibitors selective against lysosomal hexosaminidases" (Dorfmueller et al.) was nominated to be the cover for the latest issue of Chemistry & Biology

Oct 2010: Research Deal with Aquapharm

Our group and Aquafarm Biodiscovery are going to work together to identify substances from marine organisms that can lead to new drugs targeting Alzheimer's disease. Read more about it on BBC News.

Jun 2010: Awarded Fellowships

Congratulations to our postdoc Helge Dorfmueller and to our former PhD student Elton Zeqiraj who have both been awarded a highly prestigious Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Jun 2010: New Post Doc

Kaoru Sakabe has joined the lab as a postdoctoral researcher. She has graduated in December 2009 from Prof. Gerald W. Hart at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, US.

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