It has been 3 months again.
Again an intensive time for our professors, with a lot of oral and written examinations to be done. Our Italian PhD student is finishing his time in our lab and also our master students are finishing their thesis work.
Last week we had the public PhD defense of our former colleague, Dr. Evi Petro. She did a very good job. Afterwards we could offer all the invited people a nice and attractive reception. Congratulations to all the people who helped to make this real!
Next week we are welcoming our Cuban colleague Emilia Lliteras for the last time. She has been here 2 times before. She will be finishing her PhD at the end of the year.
The post doc position has been filled in, our new colleague will start his career at the Gamete Research Centre 1st of September. He will mainly focus on the maternal metabolism and female fertility research line.
We are proud to announce a new BOF project that will follow up the project of Sara. So the future of the mouse repro work is guaranteed.
Last spring the Department of Veterinary Sciences has been visited by an international “visitation committee”. The experts judged the quality of the research of the department. Overall, our research group was graded very well. So, we can be very proud.
Students sometimes think the summer is a relaxing time for ‘the people behind the scenes’ but the opposite is true. The work in the lab just continuous, our professors have deadlines for projects etc … PhD students take the time to ambush their supervisorss with protocols, ideas, papers and more work.
There is an advantage on the summer, there are almost no traffic jams, so we can sleep a little bit longer and are home earlier so we can still take the time to have a barbeque occasionally. Let us only hope the temperature stays +20°C …
And last but not least, our lab chick Els is getting married in 2 weeks. Congratulations to Els en Tom!
Silke Andries and Jo Leroy, 18th June 2014