Author Archives: janovjak

NEWS: ¡Adiós, Álvaro! You will be missed!

After four amazing years and many papers, the time has come to say Goodbye to Álvaro (sniff!)!

It was a pleasure to have you in the lab and to work alongside you!

You had a HUGE impact on the group as a whole and helped shape it to the way it is today.

We wish you all the best for your future and your next challenges!

¡Muchas gracias por todo!

Dear Álvaro, thank you for everything you have done for the lab! I think that four words are sufficient to describe the state of the lab without you: We are so screwed! It is indeed not clear to me how the lab (and I) will survive without you on all fronts (methods, general attitude, lab fun and -last but not least- fashion!)! Your new home is a lucky one! Harald

NEWS: Steph awarded Academy fellowship

Steph received a prestigious DOC fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences!

It is awesome that your ambitious project on light-activated ligand traps was selected for funding by the Academy, the Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Economy and their partnering institutions.

You can be very proud of this achievement! Keep up the good work! It’s great to have you on our team!

NEWS: Congrats to Steph!!!

Stephanie was leading the project on light-sensing with cobalamin-binding domains and our paper appeared today in Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed.!

This work was a fantastic collaboration with Manuela and Martin from the CCRI – congrats everyone!

You can find the paper here.


NEWS: Upcoming EMBO Practical Course on optogenetics

It is that time of the year again!

Together with Stefano de Renzis (EMBL) and Jared Toettcher (Princeton) we are again organizing the EMBO Practical Course “Non-Neuronal Optogenetics: Design to Application, Cell Signalling to Tissue Morphogenesis”!

Visit the course website at

We have a truly amazing set of speakers/trainers and registration will soon open!

Join us September 3rd to 8th in Heidelberg!

NEWS: Welcome, Michael!

Michael will continue a long tradition of shared Masters students with the group of Michael Grusch from the Institute for Cancer Research of the Medical University of Vienna!

We welcome him and wish him all the best for his thesis project!

NEWS: ¡Hasta la vista, Inma! ¡Te vamos a echar mucho de menos!

Unfortunately, it’s time to say goodbye to Inma, whose time with us ends this week. You were an enrichment for us as a group as well as for the whole institute. It’s hard to see you move on, but we wish you all the best for your future!

¡Muchas gracias por todo!

Dear Inma, thank you so much for everything you have done for the group in the past years. As you may have noticed, the group you joined and the group that now sees you go are very different. Much of our development and success has to be credited to your enthusiasm, work ethic, knowledge and skills. Me, my group and the whole DOTS team will be missing you very much. Harald