We welcome our new Postdoc Michael Taylor

News
Michael got his PhD in Physics from the University of Queensland, Australia, where he worked on new experimental strategies for optical tweezers. Most notably, he combined optical tweezers with techniques from quantum optics to break the quantum limit to measurement precision, and used holographic beam shaping to increase trapping stiffness. Now he will begin developing a new fluorescent microscopy technology to image neuronal activity at greater depths.
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New Paper in eLife on a Non-Conventional Translocation Mechanism for Motor Proteins

News, Publications
Motors proteins of the conserved kinesin-14 family have important roles in mitotic spindle organization and chromosome segregation. Previous studies have indicated that kinesin-14 motors are non-processive enzymes, working in the context of multi-motor ensembles that collectively organize microtubule networks. Here we show that the yeast kinesin-14 Kar3 generates processive movement as a heterodimer with the non-motor proteins Cik1 or Vik1. By analyzing the single-molecule properties of engineered motors we demonstrate that the non-catalytic domain has a key role in the motility mechanism by acting as a 'foothold' that allows Kar3 to bias translocation towards the minus end. This mechanism rivals the speed and run length of conventional motors, can support transport of the Ndc80 complex in vitro and is critical for Kar3 function in vivo. Our findings provide an example for…
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New Paper in Biomedical Optics Express

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Our recent paper "Optimizing and extending light-sculpting microscopy for fast functional imaging in neuroscience" on the improvement of our previously published imaging technique can be accessed via this Website. [caption id="attachment_1218" align="alignright" width="1020"] Experimental setup and various modalities of light sculpting microscopy.[/caption]  
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Two New WWTF Grants

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The Vaziri lab has successfully secured with colleagues at IMP and IMBA two grants in the WWTF's Life Sciences Call 2014 - "IMAGING Innovative Biological and Biomedical Applications of Novel Imaging Technologies". The projects will be dedicated to building new super-resolution and high-speed whole-brain functional imaging techniques in behaving animals. Congratulations!
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VBC Art&Science Contest 2014 winner from the Vaziri lab

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Friederike Schlumm and Christoph Götz from the Vaziri lab won together with Isabel Grießhammer (IMBA) the VBC Art&Science Contest with their video: "Incubate over night" https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=lVchRXwjJRs Incubation is a widely used method in research. Nevertheless, the underlying mechanisms are not well understood. In this project we aimed to visualize this crucial process. We therefore applied the imaging technique "stop-motion" to study an overnight incubation. Our results reveal new insights into scientific experiments. Four teams participated, with four terrific art pieces, which were exhibited in our Cafeteria, and the VBCers were voting for the best piece. See the other art pieces at: http://www.vbcphdprogramme.at/current-students/art-science-contest/
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Video Interview of our Funding Source WWTF

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http://vimeo.com/96490051 Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alipasha Vaziri was interviewed by the WWTF about his motivations to do science in Vienna and gives a general overview over the research interests our group. Find also other interesting Interviews and learn more about the WWTF on their Homepage.
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Förderungspreis 2014 of the city of Vienna awarded to Alipasha Vaziri

Awards and honors
We are happy to announce that Ass.-Prof. Dr. Alipasha Vaziri was awarded the Förderungspreis 2014 of the City of Vienna. The City of Vienna recognizes outstanding artists and scientists with honors in the form of prizes and scholarships. These have been awarded since 1951 in the fields of music (composition), literature, visual arts and architecture, science and popular education. Read more about it here (german).  
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