NEWS: Welcome back, Alexandra!

Alex successfully completed her Master thesis in our lab and was accepted to IST Austria’s PhD program.

After a year of rotations, she is now joining the lab as a PhD student!

It’s so great to have you back!

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 coverage by “Die Presse” can be found 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!