Monthly Archives: March 2011

Terry’s group meeting – tomorrow B52 12pm

Unix and Perl Primer for Biologists

Excerpt: “Advances in high-throughput biology have transformed modern biology into an incredibly data-rich science. Biologists who never thought they needed computer programming skills are now finding that using an Excel spreadsheet is simply not enough.”

Script languages offer help for those who do not want to embrace R for Data processing and editing, and this (free!) course seems to be a very good resource. It assumes no previous knowledge of programming, and what I have seen until know it is easy to understand yet helpful.

Thanks Claudius, for the link!


FTA cards

Does anyone have experience of extraction DNA from blood spots on FTA cards?  If you do, please could you let Debs and Filipa know please.

Accomodation needed for visitor

Hi all,

Fabian Zimmer, a student with Philine Feulner, is visiting from Munster for 8 weeks. He arrives during the week starting May 9th. Does anybody have/know of spare accomodation during this period.

If so, please let Fabian ( and/or me know.

Many thanks

SMBE annual meeting – Kyoto

2011 ANNUAL MEETING (July 26-30, 2011, Kyoto, Japan)




Food and Booze Ahoy!

Greetings and salutations fellow molecolers!

It’s about time we all went out for a bit of grub.  How about Sushi Express (Milton Street, S1 4JU) tomorrow night?  Leave the lab at 5.30 and go via the Dev Cat for a quick drink.  We’ll aim to eat at around 7.30 if you want to join us there.

Husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, grandmas and cats all welcome.

From The Food and Booze committee.

(Researched by Filipa, dictated by Tia and typed (badly) by Raisin)

Evolution and Behaviour talk – Luisa Orsini, University of Leuven

Message from Julia Reger: I just wanted to bring to your attention this week’s Evolution and Behaviour seminar.
Thursday 31st March at 1305 BLT 2.
Luisa Orsini from the University of Leuven will give a talk titled:

Genomic signatures of selection in a geographical mosaic of environmental stressors.

Louisa’s work covers evolutionary genetics, ecology and conservation biology. Her main research is the study of genetic diversity combined with spatial explicit analysis of demographic processes, with the aim of providing a mechanistic understanding of the genetic processes underpinning population dynamics. Complementary to this line of research she also examines how species colonize new ecosystems, investigating the main forces underpinning their adaptation to new environments. She currently works with Luc De Meester in Leuven ( on the genomics of Daphnia magna.

She will be around from Wednesday afternoon until Friday morning so if you would like to speak to her then please email me (  We will also be going for informal drinks and then dinner at 1700 on Thursday, so again please contact me if you would like to come along.


Forthcoming TAB-lab meetings:

Forthcoming TAB-lab meetings:
10th May, 11:00h
7th June, 10:00h
5th July, 10:00h
2nd August, 10:00h
6th Sept, 10:00h
4th Oct, 10:00h
1st Nov, 10:00h
6th Dec, 10:00h

all in B52 until further notice.


Accommodation during ESEB meeting

Dear all,

I’m looking for accommodation during the ESEB meeting that takes place at Tübingen this year, which is a very small town. From the ESEB website, it appears that some hotel rooms are still available. Nevertheless, many people from the MolEcol lab and the APS department will go to this meeting, so before I rent a room which is possibly expensive and far from the city centre, I wanted to know if anyone had any better ideas?

Further, if anyone hasn’t yet found accommodation and is interested in finding something other than an hotel room, can you contact me soon (I’m not sure if the hotel rooms will be available for long):


Group meeting – all of TAB lab!

Dear all,
we have a meeting tomorrow at 11:00 in B52. We will hear from Natalie about:
“Breeding system evolution and sex-biased offspring mortality.” and from Rob and Mia about House sparrows, MHC and mate choice.