January 2019: We welcome Femke van Hout for her Bachelor’s internship in the lab.
January 2019: Jieqiong Qu joins the lab as a postdoc to study piRNA biology in Ae. aegypti. Welcome!
December 2018 & January 2019: We welcome Stijn van de Plassche and Christine Moene for their Master’s internship in the lab.
December 2018: Joep and Pascal publish their work on Veneno, a mosquito Tudor protein that plays a role in the viral piRNA ping-pong amplification. Open Access publication in Nucleic Acids Research. Congratulations!!
October 2018: Billy Palmer (former PhD student in Darren Obbard’s lab) along with Joep and Gijs publish their story on the suppression of Toll innate immune signaling by Kallithea virus (a DNA virus of Drosophila) in Journal of Virology. Congrats!
October 2018: Pascal’s PhD thesis has been chosen for the Westenbrink Prize by the Dutch Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Congratulations!!
September 2018: Rebecca won an award for the Best Poster at the ‘piRNAs and PIWI proteins’ EMBO workshop held in Montpellier, France. Congrats!!
September 2018: We welcome Sanne van der Stam for her Bachelor’s internship in the lab.
September 2018: Ezgi Taskopru and Valerie Betting join the lab as PhD students to study different aspects of piRNA biology in mosquitoes. Welcome!!
July 2018: Febrina, Bodine and Gijs publish their work on posaconazole as an antiviral drug against flaviviruses in Antiviral Research. Congratulations!!
March 2018: Pascal wins the Westerdijk Award, given by the Royal Dutch Society for Microbiology for the best PhD thesis in the category ‘ general and molecular microbiology’. Congratulations!!
March 2018: The recent review on variation in antiviral immunity gets featured on the cover page of the March 2018 issue of Viruses, with a fitting cover page illustration by Finny.
March 2018: Billy, Finny and Ronald publish their review on natural variation in antiviral responses in flies and mosquitoes. Open Access publication in Viruses.
March 2018: Inge Rondeel joins the lab as a technician. Welcome!
March 2018: We welcome Alessandra Tancredi for her MSc internship in the lab.
February 2018: Finny and Ronald contribute to the book titled ‘Viral Metagenomics’ (part of the book series – Methods in Molecular Biology) with a chapter on methods for insect virus discovery. Congrats!!
January 2018: Pascal wins the RIMLS award for the ‘Best PhD thesis of the Year 2017’.
January 2018: Ronald is elected as ‘Supervisor of the Year 2017’ in the first edition of the competition organized by the RIMLS PhD council.
January 2018: A successful collaboration with the Joo lab (Delft University of Technology) results in a publication on the mechanism employed by viral suppressors of RNAi. Open Access publication in Nucleic Acids Research!
December 2017 & January 2018: We welcome Wytske Hepkema, Marta Cañizares Luna and Luuk Berning for their MSc internships in the lab.
November 2017: Rebecca receives an Erasmus Mundus fellowship to study small RNAs in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the lab of Louis Lambrechts at Institut Pasteur. Good luck!
October 2017: Joep receives an EMBO short-term fellowship to learn CLASH in the lab of Prof. David Tollervey at the University of Edinburgh. Good luck!
October 2017: Samara Rosendo-Machado joins the lab as a PhD student to unearth novel antiviral host factors in Ae. aegypti mosquitoes. Welcome!
September 2017: Pascal successfully defends his PhD thesis cum laude! CONGRATULATIONS Dr. Miesen!! He will continue to work in the lab as a postdoc, studying the genetic determinants of vector competence in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Good luck!
September 2017: Benoit Besson joins the lab as a postdoc. Welcome!
September 2017: William (Billy) Palmer from the laboratory of Darren Obbard (University of Edinburgh) arrives as a visiting researcher to study immune suppression by Kallithea virus. Welcome!
August 2017: Susan publishes her work on mammalian RNAi. Open Access publication in mSphere! Congrats!!
July 2017: Together with the Bonizzoni lab (University of Pavia), Pascal publishes his analyses of piRNAs derived from endogenous viral elements (EVEs) in mosquitoes. Open Access publication in BMC Genomics! Congratulations!!
May 2017: Bodine Bezemer joined the lab as a PhD student to study Zika virus host-pathogen interactions. Welcome!
May 2017: Rebecca publishes her review on mosquito-specific viruses in Current Opinion in Insect Science. Congrats!!
May 2017: Erika’s analyses of histone-derived piRNAs gets published in Nucleic Acids Research. Open Access! Congrats!!
March 2017: Ronald is awarded the prestigious VICI grant by NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research). CONGRATULATIONS!!!
December 2016: Finny obtains his PhD from the University of Helsinki. Congratulations Dr. Varghese!
December 2016: We welcome Ezgi Taskopru and Lucas Tichy for their MSc internships in the lab. Welcome!
November 2016: Pascal and Joep’s review on viral piRNAs is out in PLoS Pathogens. Open Access! Congrats!!
September 2016: Pascal receives a FEMS grant to study small RNAs in mosquitoes in the lab of our long-term collaborator Maria Carla-Saleh at Institut Pasteur. Good luck!!
September 2016: We welcome Janne Miltenberg to the lab for her MSc internship.
September 2016: Finny Varghese joins the lab as a postdoc. Welcome!
April 2016: Febrina Meutiawati joins the lab as PhD student to study antiviral compounds against dengue virus. Welcome!
Mar 2016: two publications on Dengue virus. Pascal publishes his analyses of small RNAs in Dengue infected cells in PLoS NTD. Koen publishes a novel inhibitor of Dengue replication in Antimicrobial Agents & Chemotherapy. Congratulations!
Jan 2016: Sarah successfully defended her thesis. Congratulations dr. Merkling and good luck at Pasteur.
July 2015: Sarah describes methods to analyze viral immunity in flies in Nature Protocols. Congratulations!
June 2015: Pascal and Erika publish in Nucleic Acids Research their analyses of virus-derived piRNAs in Aedes mosquitoes. Congrats!
April 2015: Sarah’s paper in PLoS Pathogens is published. Very nice paper.
April 2015: Walter wins the Westerdijk award 2015 from the Royal Dutch Society for Microbiology for best PhD thesis.
July 2014: Beautiful papers in PLoS Pathogens and Nucl Acids Research for Joel, Gijs, and Koen. Congratulations!
2013: ERC Win for Ronald! He was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant on the project: ViVARNAsilencing (Antiviral Defense in the Vector Mosquito Aedes aegypti)
October 2013: Congratulations to Sarah for getting a poster prize at the ESF-EMBO symposium on ‘Integrated Insect Immunology’ in Pultusk, Poland.