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November 2017   Grant funded: The lab is awarded a Seed Grant from the Wellcome-Warwick Quantitative Biomedicine Programme (QBP) to further develop our live imaging microscopy resources in Warwick under a project entitled, "Defining stochasticity and tolerance in morphogenetically active tissues".
      
    Fabian moves from Cologne to Coventry, and our new lab set up gains momentum!
      
October 2017  
Preprint deposited: The Oncopeltus genome manuscript has finally gone public! "Molecular evolutionary trends and feeding ecology diversification in the Hemiptera, anchored by the milkweed bug genome" is now live on bioRxiv.
Many thanks to the entire research community for contributions to this large comparative project. The supplement alone weighs in at 112 pages with 38 separate reports, 49 tables (30 of which are in a separate Excel workbook), and 33 figures, plus 274 references.
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[Logo by Chiaki Ueda]
      
    Welcome to Matthias Teuscher, a new postdoc in the group.
      
September 2017   Preprint deposited: Iris and Kristen are co-authors on a new i5K genomics manuscript, "A model species for agricultural pest genomics: the genome of the Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)", now live on bioRxiv.
      
    Kristen joins the "Symposium on Animal Development and its Evolutionary Variation" in Cambridge, UK, in honor of Michael Akam's career and the scientific diaspora it's produced.
      
    Kristen and Fabian present recent work from the lab with a talk and poster at the newly resurrected One-Day UK Evo-Devo Meeting, held at the Natural History Museum in London.
      
August 2017   Back in Cologne, current and future members of the group joined in our annual Betriebsausflug with the Roth lab, this time for climbing in the trees and dinner together with local wines in Ahrweiler.
      
July 2017   Lab in transit: Kristen and Fabian oversee the first wave of lab equipment installation in Warwick, including our shiny new ApoTome microscope system.
      
    Grant funded: Kristen is a co-PI on a new equipment grant from the Wellcome Trust, "Probing intra-cellular dynamics with lattice light sheet microscopy", in a project headed by Andrew McAinsh at the Warwick Medical School.
      
June 2017   Farewell to Thorsten after 5+ years of contributions to shaping the lab, and particularly for the breadth of commitment to beetle embryos and their genes! Best wishes for the next career stage.
      
    Barbora attends the EMBO practical course "Advanced Electron Microscopy for Cell Biology" in Heidelberg.
      
    Thorsten visits Akanksha Jain in Pavel Tomancak's lab in Dresden, in the context of collaborative projects on early tissue morphogenesis in Tribolium.
      
May 2017   Kristen gives an invited seminar on insect genomics and molecular evolution in the Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity at the University of Münster, hosted by Erich Bornberg-Bauer.
      
   
Welcome to Barbora Konopová, a postdoctoral research associate who
will be undertaking ultrastructural studies of Tribolium extraembryonic development.
Barbora Konopova
      
April 2017   The Panfilio Lab is in transition! From 1st April Kristen takes up an Assistant Professorship in the School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, UK. With projects and people continuing in Cologne, we now begin a year of dual affiliation and travel.
      
    Kristen's inaugural week in Warwick begins with local attendance at the annual spring meeting of the British Society for Developmental Biology, featuring an evo-devo session hosted by her Ph.D. supervisor (Michael Akam) and with an invited talk by her first research supervisor (Linda Holland).
      
March 2017   Fabian and Kristen attend the Joint Meeting of the German and Japanese Societies for Developmental Biology in Kiel, with a poster presentation on some of the lab's latest work.
      
February 2017   Farewell to Waldemar as he takes up a position as Compliance Manager at Miltenyi Biotec GmbH. Thanks for all of the Lego puzzling and molecular voodoo of cloning!
      
January 2017   Congratulations to Jan on successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis, "Characterizing multiple roles of pannier during embryogenesis, as revealed with an augmented fluorescent live imaging toolkit, in the beetle Tribolium castaneum". Well done, Doctor!
      
December 2016   Farewell to Iris after 3.5 years of boosting our lab's bioinformatics expertise and contributions to the i5k international consortium for comparative arthropod genomics. Best of luck with future scripting!
      
November 2016   Congratulations to Danka on a successful evaluation at her annual Ph.D. thesis committee meeting from the Graduate School for Biological Sciences.
      
   
Paper accepted: Iris and Kristen are co-authors on the publication of the Asian longhorned beetle genome in Genome Biology. ALB logo
      
    Congratulations to Fabian for successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis back in Erlangen. Well done, Doctor!
      
    Kristen gives two invited talks: on the live imaging of morphogenesis for the "Biolunch" series at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) in Cambridge, hosted by Stephanie Höhn, and on comparative genomics for the Evolution Colloquium at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig in Bonn, hosted by Oliver Niehuis.
      
October 2016   Welcome to Fabian Pridöhl, a new postdoc in the group.
      
September 2016   Grant funded: The lab is awarded an Exploration Grant from the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation to pursue new avenues of extraembryonic tissue biology within a project entitled, "The role of polyploidy in epithelial tissue development".
      
    The meeting season continues. Kristen gives talks on the lab's work at:
  • "New Horizons in Molecular Zoology 2016", the concluding meeting of the iBeetle Research Unit after six years!, in Kiel, Germany
  • Genome, Cell, and Developmental Biology seminar series, Department of Biology at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
  • "Ecological and developmental insights from comparative hemipteroid genomics" symposium (also chaired by Kristen), International Congress of Entomology quadrennial meeting, Orlando, Florida, USA
      
August 2016   The lab presents recent work at the 3rd Light Sheet Fluorescence Microscopy International Conference, in Sheffield, UK, with a poster and contributed talk by Kristen.
      
July 2016   Evo-devo in Sweden: Kristen co-organizes the biennial "Tribolium and Friends" satellite meeting, with talks by Maarten and Thorsten, followed by posters from Danka, Thorsten, and Kristen at the main Euro Evo-Devo meeting in Uppsala.
      
   
Paper accepted: Thorsten's morphogenetic and regulatory dissection of the roles of Dorsocross throughout extraembryonic development is accepted for publication in Development. Dorsocross RNAi
      
    Kristen provides a comment on two recent papers from the Moczek lab on evolutionary innovations and gene co-option in dung beetles, featured in an article in Entomology Today.
      
    Welcome to Waldemar Wojciech, a new postdoc in the group.
      
June 2016   This summer's "Betriebsausflug" work outing with the Roth Lab was a great day canoeing on the river Erft, including passing through a nature reserve.
      
    Welcome to Konstantin Bunte, a master's student joining us for a research module during the summer semester as part of the "Modern Techniques of Developmental Biology" course.
      
May 2016   Kristen visits the School of Biology at the University of Leeds, UK, and gives a seminar hosted jointly by the groups of Andrew Peel and Liz Duncan.
      
April 2016   Congratulations to Dennis Nowakowski on successfully defending his master's thesis, "A strange place to be" - characterization of a Tribolium enhancer trap line and analysis of its genomic region.
      
    Master's teaching: Kristen and Maarten again lecture and lead students in a practical module on light sheet fluorescence microscopy and associated image data analysis, on the occasion of the second time the "Advanced Light Microscopy" course is offered (MN-B-SM (BG 2)).
      
March 2016   Publication update: Our new morphogenesis paper in eLife made the journal's home page "cover" image (screenshot), and was featured in a press release from the University of Cologne (in English and German: see screenshots).
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February 2016   Danka helps co-organize and host the sixth biennial Crossroads in Biology meeting, with an excellent program of international speakers brought together by students in the university's Graduate School for Biological Sciences.
      
January 2016   Kristen gives a talk via virtual link-up for the University of Cambridge Careers Service event on "Making it in Academia" for life sciences Ph.D. students and postdocs.
      
   
Paper accepted: The lab's characterization of epithelial tissue structure and morphogenesis during extraembryonic rupture (pictured -->), including light sheet microscopy analyses with new enhancer trap lines, is accepted for publication in eLife. serosal tissue morphology
      
    Casper Breuker visits from Oxford Brookes University and speaks in the SFB 680 Evolution Colloquium Series about the eco-evo-devo of butterflies, hosted by Maarten.
      
December 2015   The year ends with the lab's annual outing through the Cologne Christmas markets (once again on a beautifully sunny afternoon!).
      
    Kristen's proposed symposium on "Ecological and Developmental Insights from Comparative Hemipteroid Genomics" has been accepted and scheduled for the section "Bioinformatics, and Comparative Genomics of Arthropods", at the quadrennial International Congress of Entomology, in September 2016.
      
    Maarten attends the 1st Bioimage Analysis Workshop from the German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure ("de.NBI") and debriefs the group on using the KNIME analysis and workflow platform and ilastik interface for image and large dataset processing.
      
November 2015   The lab's progress to date is very positively evaluated in peer review of our Emmy Noether grant interim report (Zwischenbericht) to the DFG.
      
    Paper accepted: Sequencing and analysis of the bed bug genome, for which Iris and Kristen are contributing authors, is accepted for publication in Nature Communications.
      
October 2015   Iris and Kristen attend the university's biennial Department of Biology Symposium retreat in Prüm, and present a poster and talk, respectively.
      
    Congratulations to Danka on a successful evaluation at her annual Ph.D. thesis committee meeting from the Graduate School for Biological Sciences.
      
    Kristen gives an invited talk at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, in conjunction with the master's course "From DNA to Diversity", hosted by Martin Beye.
      
September 2015   Paper accepted: The lab's perspective article on the evolution of epithelial morphogenesis is accepted for publication in the Research Topic "Evolution of organismal form: from regulatory interactions to developmental processes and biological patterns" in Frontiers in Genetics.
      
    Maarten presents a poster at the annual DutchBiophysics meeting on molecular and cellular biophysics, in Veldhoven.
      
    Danka attends the annual Summer School in Evolutionary Developmental Biology: Conceptual and Methodological Foundations, in Venice.
      
    Farewell to Max Pentzien, who completed his bachelor's thesis in the lab and continued with us as a student assistant during the summer. Best of luck for starting the master's degree in Bonn!
      
    Industrial and educational: our annual "Betriebsausflug" work outing with the Roth Lab was a visit and tour of the RWE electrical company's coal-fired power station to the west of Cologne, followed by an evening in the pub.
      
August 2015   May's EMBO workshop on "Embryonic-Extraembryonic Interfaces" is reviewed in a meeting report by Claudio Stern, including mention of the "unusual but particularly lucid analysis" of how insect extraembryonic tissues compare with amniotes', from Kristen's talk.
      
    Kristen and Thorsten attend the inaugural meeting of the Pan-American Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology and the satellite International Tribolium meeting in Berkeley, California, USA, with two talks and a poster presentation on recent comparative work on morphogenesis.
      
June 2015   Kristen and Iris attend the 9th Annual Arthropod Genomics Symposium in Manhattan, Kansas, USA, with a talk and poster presentation, respectively, on progress with the Oncopeltus genome project.
      
   
Paper accepted: Kristen is a co-author on the main screening paper from the large-scale "iBeetle" RNAi screen in Tribolium, in a DFG-funded Research Unit project headed by Gregor Bucher. Published in Nature Communications. iBeetle logo
      
    Welcome to Minh-Hai Nguyen and Diandra Bui, high school students at the Ville-Gymnasium in Erftstadt, who are visiting for a two-week practical placement to learn about biology research.
      
    Welcome to Agathi Karaolidou, a master's student joining us for a research module during the summer semester as part of the "Modern Techniques of Developmental Biology" course.
      
May 2015   Kristen attends and gives a comparative talk at the EMBO workshop on "Embryonic-Extraembryonic Interfaces" in Göttingen.
      
April 2015   The Oncopeltus genome project is featured as a "highlighted dataset" in the launch of the new Ag Data Commons from the National Agricultural Library of the USDA.
      
    Paper accepted: Kristen is a co-author on a new investigation on the dorsal-ventral patterning system in Oncopeltus and how DV patterning has evolved in insects, from collaborative work with the Roth lab and other SFB 680 colleagues. Published in eLife.
      
    New master's course: Kristen and Maarten lecture and lead students in a practical module on light sheet fluorescence microscopy and associated image data analysis, as part of a new course on "Advanced Light Microscopy" (MN-B-SM (BG 2)).
      
March 2015   Congratulations to Max Pentzien on successfully defending his bachelor's thesis, "Investigating the role of U-shaped group genes during embryogenesis in the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum".
      
    The lab attends the biennial meeting of the German Society for Developmental Biology (GfE) in Nuremberg: five posters from Danka, Jan, Thorsten, Maarten, and Kristen!
      
    Thorsten and Kristen visit Akanksha Jain and Pavel Tomancak in Dresden in the context of collaborative projects and discussions on early morphogenesis and light sheet microscopy in Tribolium.
      
January 2015   Welcome to Dennis Nowakowski, who will be doing his master's thesis in the lab.
      
December 2014   Welcome to Janis Neumann, a master's student joining us for a research module during the winter semester as part of the "Modern Techniques of Developmental Biology" course.
      
November 2014   Congratulations to Maarten on the publication of his paper on natural variation in the Drosophila retinal mosaic, from his previous research in Oxford with Alistair McGregor.
      
October 2014  
Movie featured: A time-lapse movie from the lab's recent paper on tissue-specific visualization of Tribolium embryogenesis is featured on the Zeiss Microscopy YouTube channel. serosal tissue GFP movie still
      
    Oncopeltus genome sequencing update #5: Manual gene annotation is complete, providing curated models for nearly 1200 genes of diverse classes. Generation of the official gene set is under way.
      
September 2014   Kristen gives an invited talk on comparative genomics and Maarten presents a poster on light sheet microscopy at the second international SpiderWeb meeting in Jena.
      
    Welcome to Fabian Pridöhl, a PhD student in the lab of Michael Schoppmeier, Erlangen, who is visiting briefly for Tribolium live imaging training.
      
    Welcome to Max Pentzien, who will be doing his bachelor's thesis in the lab.
      
    Congratulations to Jan on a successful evaluation at his annual Ph.D. thesis committee meeting from the Graduate School for Biological Sciences.
      
August 2014   Kristen gives an invited talk at an "Evolution of Development" meeting at the Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne.
      
    Congratulations to Danka on a successful evaluation at her first Ph.D. thesis committee meeting from the Graduate School for Biological Sciences.
      
    Maarten attends an EMBO practical course on "Light sheet microscopy" in Dresden.
      
    Congratulations to Maarten on co-authoring the new transcriptome resource paper for the house spider, from his previous research in Cologne with Wim Damen.
      
    Welcome to Yu Matsuura, a JSPS Research Fellow from Hokkaido University, Japan, who will be visiting our lab and that of Siegfried Roth for Oncopeltus research collaboration over the next three months.
      
July 2014  
Paper accepted: The lab's primary characterization of beetle embryogenesis, via long-term live imaging with tissue-specific visualization, is accepted for publication in PLoS One. serosal tissue morphology
      
    Biennial attendance at the Euro Evo-Devo and International Tribolium Satellite Meetings in Vienna: contributed talks by Kristen and Thorsten, and poster presentations by Thorsten, Jan, and Danka on aspects of comparative extraembryonic development and evolution.
      
    Congratulations to Danka on the publication of her first first-author paper: a study on cell proliferation in box jellyfish, from her previous research in Copenhagen with Anders Garm.
      
    Kristen gives an invited talk to the insect comparative genomics section of the Centre for Molecular Biodiversity Research, Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig, Bonn, hosted by Oliver Niehuis.
      
June 2014   Welcome to Maarten Hilbrant, a new postdoc in the group.
      
May 2014   Welcome to Burulça Uluvar, a master's student joining us for a research module during the summer semester as part of the "Modern Techniques of Developmental Biology" course.
      
    Welcome to Daniela Gurská, a new Ph.D. student in the group.
      
April 2014   Kristen attends and gives talks at two meetings in Göttingen: "Size and Shape" symposium on morpho- metrics/phology/genesis, and an iBeetle Research Unit progress meeting.
      
March 2014   Oncopeltus genome sequencing update #4: Community-based manual annotation is now underway! See our joint i5k hemipteroid wiki page for full details and updates.
      
February 2014   Oncopeltus genome sequencing update #3: Automatic assembly and annotation are complete. Community-based manual annotation will likely begin early next month once the Web Apollo workspace is live (hosted by the USDA). E-mail Kristen to join the mailing list and to participate.
      
January 2014   Welcome to Akanksha Jain, a Ph.D. student from the labs of Pavel Tomancak and Stephan Grill, Dresden, who is visiting us for the next four weeks for a crash course in Tribolium developmental genetics research, in the context of a collaborative project on early morphogenesis.
      
December 2013   Kristen co-authors a dispatch piece in Current Biology with Siegfried Roth to accompany a new study on developmental robustness and canalization in Drosophila.
      
    Welcome to Max Kornilov, a master's student who will be joining us for a research module during the winter semester as part of the "Modern Techniques of Developmental Biology" course.
      
November 2013  
Grant funded: Our lab has now joined the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 680, "The Molecular Basis of Evolutionary Innovations", within a new four-year funding period, 2014-2017, with our project, "The changing roles
of Hox3 genes in insect evolution".
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    Movie featured: A time-lapse movie from the lab's recent paper on Tribolium dorsal closure is selected by the publisher, The Company of Biologists, to be featured on their YouTube channel.
      
    Welcome to Jonas Schwirz, a Ph.D. student from the lab of Ernst Wimmer, Göttingen, who will be visiting us for conducting live imaging analyses in the context of the iBeetle Research Unit collaboration.
      
    Welcome to Gianluca Sharbaf Azari, who will be joining us for a bachelor's internship practical this month.
      
October 2013   Iris attends an NGS training course at the CRG in Barcelona, "High Throughput Sequencing: Lab methods and computational challenges".
      
    Oncopeltus genome sequencing update #2: All Illumina libraries have been sequenced, and initial automated assembly is currently underway at Baylor. In the lab we are preparing additional template for gap-filling with PacBio long read data.
      
    Kristen and Thorsten attend the university's biennial Department of Biology Symposium retreat in Prüm, and present a talk and poster, respectively.
      
September 2013   Jan attends the third annual Evo-Devo summer school in Venice, "From Gene Networks to Organismal Systems".
      
August 2013   Paper accepted: The lab's comparative work on insect dorsal closure is accepted for publication in Biology Open, providing a modern primary account of late extraembryonic development in a holometabolous insect (Tribolium) and the first functional account of dorsal closure outside of Drosophila.
      
June 2013   Welcome to Iris Vargas Jentzsch, a new postdoc in the group who will be doing bioinformatic analyses part-time.
      
May 2013   Kristen is interviewed on scientific discoveries and the nature of evo-devo morphogenesis research for the webcast series Significant Details, hosted on its own dedicated site, at Spektrum.de, and on YouTube.
      
March 2013   Kristen attends and presents at two meetings: the Joint German Cell and Developmental Biology Societies' Meeting in Heidelberg (poster presentation), and a symposium on "New horizons in molecular zoology" organized by the iBeetle Research Group in Göttingen (invited talk).
      
January 2013   Congratulations to Jan on a successful evaluation at his first Ph.D. thesis committee meeting from the Graduate School for Biological Sciences.
      
December 2012   Kristen is nominated for inclusion in the AcademiaNet database of "Leading Women Scientists" [profile CV].
      
    Welcome to Yvonne Kölsch, a master's student who will be joining us for a research module during the winter semester as part of the "Modern Techniques of Developmental Biology" course.
      
October 2012   Oncopeltus genome sequencing update #1: Template material prepped by Stefan and Kristen has now passed quality control at Baylor's Human Genome Sequencing Center, and Oncopeltus has officially joined the queue for sequencing.
      
September 2012   Thorsten and Jan attend and give poster presentations at the 13th Young Scientist Meeting of the German Society for Cell Biology (DGZ): "Cell biology shapes the embryo", in Jena.
      
August 2012  
The Oncopeltus genome has been selected for sequencing! With five international co-authors (Ariel Chipman, Cassandra Extavour, Abdou Khila, Aleksandar Popadic, and Yui Suzuki), Kristen has successfully drafted a Hemipteran genome sequencing white paper, calling for the sequencing of the Oncopeltus fasciatus and Gerris buenoi genomes. Please do get in touch to support this project-- by e-mail (kristen.panfilio [at] alum.swarthmore.edu)
or on the Arthropod Genomes i5k project site.
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    Welcome to Jan Seibert, a new Ph.D. student in the group.
      
July 2012   Biennial attendance at the Euro Evo-Devo and International Tribolium Satellite Meetings in Lisbon: two contributed talks by Kristen and a poster presentation by Thorsten on aspects of comparative extraembryonic development.
      
May 2012   Welcome to Matthias Roth, a bachelor's student intern who will be joining us for the next month.
      
    Welcome to Thorsten Horn, a new postdoc in the group.
      
April 2012   Kristen Panfilio co-authors a perspective piece in Science with Siegfried Roth to accompany the new live imaging study of segmentation in Tribolium.
      
    
The lab is awarded an equipment grant through the University of Cologne's
2nd Women Scientists Support Program.
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January 2012  New year, new lab: the Panfilio lab opens for research on
Extraembryonic Development (EED)!
      
  
  

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