Big news today! The lab will get 5 years funding from the European Research Council, which will allow us to recruit new people, in particular postdocs, and do super cool research on spiralians! I'm very thrilled for this big opportunity and for the exciting years to come. Also very grateful for the support that my colleagues at Queen Mary University of London and School of Biological and Chemical Sciences gave me during all the application process. Clearly, these big accomplishments cannot be done alone, but with the support of many. The lab will try to give back as much as possible of this help and collegiality, contributing to push the already excellent research conducted at Queen Mary a bit forward!
Today the lab received a batch of Owenia fusiformis. Now relaxing after a quick trip from the French coasts, before an intense spawning season starts! Lots of experiments to perform and samples to take. Let the show begin!
The incubators finally arrived! First step to get the animal facility up and running. Aeration system soon to come, and... the first animals in less than a month! Thrilling!!! :D
After a long long trip from Norway, the books finally arrived! Working in the office will be now a bit easier.
Next step: preparing the new home for the animals. Incubators coming soon!! :-)
The Martín-Durán lab begins its journey! Still plenty of things to do, though, with recruitments and grant deadlines just around the corner. But spirits are high and we will get everything up and running soon!