NEWS: Farewell, Zoe!

Zoe joined our lab in the middle of last year as part of the Undergrad Research Opportunities Program (UROP).

You will be greatly missed!

It has been a pleasure to have you in the lab and we wish you all the best for your future endeavours!

NEWS: Congratulations, Christina!

Christina was awarded the JDRF PhD Top-Up Scholarship by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Australia for her research in Type 1 diabetes (T1D)

JDRF has played a massive role in driving innovation and encouraging Australia’s most promising scientists to pursue a career in T1D.

Great work, Christina! We are all very proud of you!

NEWS: Collaborative paper on optogenetic control of excitatory post-synaptic differentiation!

Our newest paper from a collaboration with Oliver Thoumine’s lab (University of Bordeaux & CNRS) has been published in eLife!

This project explores the role of neuroligins in neuronal differentiation by using our light-activated receptor tyrosine kinase Opto-FGFR1.

You can access the article here!

Congratulations to the whole team – well done!

NEWS: Welcome Amira and Daniel!

Amira has previously been involved with the lab as a summer scholarship student and is now the lab’s first Honours student.

Daniel has joined the lab as part of his Master’s research year and will be working with us over the course of the next 12 months.

Welcome Amira and Daniel, we are happy to have you both join our team!

NEWS: OptogeneticsAustralia Hands-on Workshop TODAY!

The 1st OptogeneticsAustralia Hands-on Workshop is on today!

We have a great line-up of speakers on Day 1 and Hands-on Workshops on Day 2! To find a full program and more information about OptogeneticsAustralia, have a look at the OptogeneticsAustralia website [LINK]. You can also follow along on twitter @OptogeneticsAus.

The talks on Day 1 are open to all Monash students and staff, so feel free to join us. We are looking forward to two great days packed with optogenetics!

NEWS: Congratulations to Dr. Stephanie Kainrath, latest graduate of the Janovjak lab!

What better way to end 2019 than with a successful thesis defense?

Just before Christmas, Steffi defended her thesis titled “Synthetic tools for optogenetic and chemogenetic inhibition of cellular signals” at IST Austria, and passed with flying colours! Congratulations!

Steffi first joined the lab in 2014 as a Master Student, and then as a PhD Student in 2016. During her time as PhD Student, she worked both at IST Austria and at ARMI/Monash University, and was so successful in getting fellowships that she accumulated more affiliations than anyone in the lab – including Harald! Both Steffi’s scientific expertise as well as her open and easy-going personality made her an important part of the lab!

Heartfelt congratulations, Steffi! We are very proud and wish you all the best for your next steps!

(and a pleasant surprise: almost all lab members from before our Australia-move came to the defense!)

NEWS: First OptogeneticsAustralia Workshop in 2020!

The first OptogeneticsAustralia Hands-on Workshop has been announced for 13-14 February 2020, here at ARMI!

In addition to talk and poster sessions, the program also includes exciting practical workshops! For more information about the schedule or registration and abstract submission, head over to

We look forward to seeing many of you there!

NEWS: Welcome Zoe!

Zoe is joining the lab as part of the Undergrad Research Opportunities Program (UROP), and will be working with us over the course of the next 6 months.

Welcome Zoe, it is great to have you!

NEWS: Current Opinion on light-activated GPCRs

Our most recent Review Article about light-activated GPCRs (OptoXRs), published in Current Opinion in Structural Biology, is now available!

In it, we discuss current OptoXR approaches, applications and limitations, but also how new insights gained from GPCR structures can be used for the design of next-generation OptoXRs and what opportunities lie in the use of them.

Have look at the article here!

NEWS: Paper on optogenetic vector library – congratulations, Alex!

Alex was leading the project on engineering a vector library for the generation of modular light-controlled protein-protein interactions!

The paper detailing the vectors and cloning strategy is now published in the Journal of Molecular Biology – you can find the paper here.

If you are interested in any of the vectors, they will be made available on shortly (keep an eye on our Reagents page), or you can get in touch with us directly.

Congrats to Alex and the rest of the team – good work!