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2019

April

We welcome Zacharie Paquet to the lab as part of his MSc internship from Wageningen Uni, NL
Our toxin-antitoxin work was presented by Peter at the first EMBO toxin-antitoxin meeting in Windsor, UK
Peter present the lab's work and talk science with Baojun Wang and his team at Edinburgh University, UK
Peter has just given his Fleming Prize lecture at the Microbiology Society (UK) annual meeting in Belfast, UK - published in Microbiology
Peter visited our awesome collaborators in the Salmond laboratory, Cambridge, UK
Welcome to the lab Bridget and congratulations on getting a prestigious Duffus Lubecki Postgraduate Scholarship in Applied Science

March

David Mayo Muñoz has been awarded an Otago PhD scholarship and will join the lab in June! Congrats.
Maureen and Leighton have started Honours projects in the group.
Tess has started  in the lab for her PhD - welcome back!
Bridget Fellows has been awarded a University of Otago Master's scholarship to join the lab - great job! 

February

Tess was awarded a University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship!
Bridget has started a post-doc position with Edze Westra in Exeter - good luck, you will be missed! 
Peter was an invited speaker at the CRISPR Ecology and Evolution meeting in London at the Royal Society
Bridget presented a poster of her work at the CRISPR Ecology and Evolution meeting

January

Jo Turnbull is joining us from Heather Hendrickson's group at Massey for a month of fun phage experiments!
Howard has been at the Summer Internship for Indigenous Genomics (SING) Aotearoa course.
Check out our Cell Host & Microbe paper on how imprecise spacer acquisition promotes rapid primed CRISPR adaptation
News coverage of the Cell Host & Microbe paper in the ODT, Newstalk ZB, Voxy etc.
We describe in Methods in Enzymology how to perform in vitro CRISPR-Cas adaptation assays
Maureen was awarded the Margaret and John Loutit Prize as the top 300-level Microbiology student - congrats!
Tess received the John Miles Prize as the top 400-level Microbiology student - great work!

2018

December

Tim has finished up in the lab. All the best for your future adventures!
See our publication in Nature Microbiology about work showing that CRISPR-Cas impedes archaeal mating
Congratulations to Bridget and Hannah who have graduated their PhDs today!
We have just published a review on "Phage-based biocontrol strategies and their application in agriculture and aquaculture"

November

We hosted 300 attendees including Sylvain Moineau and Yanli Wang at Microbes and Molecules at Otago - the joint meeting of the NZMS/NZSBMB societies. 
Peter is the recipient of the Fleming Prize from the Microbiology Society, UK.
Tess is back for a summer project - great to have you back in the group!
Maureen has joint the lab for a summer project - welcome!

October

We have co-authored a new resource for tracking anti-CRISPR names in The CRISPR Journal.
Congratulations to Tess and Maureen who have been awarded summer studentships in the lab!
Peter was part of a gene-editing panel discussion "LATE 2018: CRISPR – Utopian or Dystopian? Post-nature" at Auckland Museum.

September

Hannah's PhD thesis was placed on the Health Sciences Division List of Exceptional Doctoral theses!
Well done to Bridget on defending her PhD thesis!
Peter was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Genetics in Brazil
Our work showing evidence of widespread priming in type I and II CRISPR-Cas systems in collaboration with the Brown lab was published in RNA Biology

August

Tim submitted his MSc thesis - great work!
Peter have a talk on Gene-editing to the HUGO Group CEO Retreat
Hannah successfully defended her PhD - fantastic effort!
Gisela has joined the lab for a visit from Buenos Aires to do some CRISPR experiments - bienvenido!

July

Peter was an invited speaker at the EMBO Viruses of Microbes in Poland.
Simon, Lucia, Mariya and Peter attended and presented at EMBO VoM.

June

Bridget submitted her PhD thesis - great work!
Jacob joined the lab from the USA as a 'summer' student - welcome!
Peter was an invited speaker at the CRISPR2018 conference in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Rob, Simon, Lucia, Mariya, Hannah and Peter attended and presented at CRISPR2018.

April

Hannah has submitted her PhD thesis - well done!
Hannah's paper on how a novel antitoxin autoregulates came out in JMB.
Dr Luciano Rigano is visiting the lab on sabbatical for 3-4 months.
Peter presented the group's work in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Peter visited Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

March

Lots of new people in the lab! Welcome to Hons students Tess and Nick. Welcome back to Howard who is starting his PhD and to Susie who joins us from the Biochemistry Department.

February

Former lab member Max Wilkinson was visiting from the LMB in Cambridge talking about his CryoEM work on the spliceosome.
We hosted Prof. Martin Loessner from ETH Zurich who presented their awesome work on phage re-booting recently published in PNAS.
CRISPR-Cas can enhance HGT and that phages can disseminate CRISPR-Cas systems - see Bridget's paper in mBio and Research Highlight in Nature Reviews Microbiology

2017

December

Peter has received the Biomedical School top Distinguished Researcher Award for 2017.
Our quorum sensing paper gained the Best Paper Award in the Biomedical School for 2017.
Peter was an invited speaker at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Congratulations to Nick, who was awarded the The Margaret and John Loutit prize for the best 300-level Microbiology student
Our latest data on CRISPR adaptation was presented by Peter as an invited speaker in Berlin Germany at a DFG CRISPR Meeting.
Peter was an invited speaker at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, hosted by Emmanuelle Charpentier
Peter was interviewed and quoted in an article by Kate Evans in the New Zealand Geographic on gene editing (Life Hackers)

November

The lab has been awarded a Marsden Fund grant to study CRISPR-Cas regulation in collaboration with Paul Gardner.
Rob has been awarded a Marsden Fast-Start grant to study CRISPR-Cas in cyanobacteria.
We have received a Dean's Bequest Grant for our CRISPR-Cas work.
Peter and Aroa are presenting at the Bio-protection CoRE meeting in Christchurch.

October

Howard Maxwell has been awarded an Māori Health Research PhD Scholarship! Coverage in ODT, NZ Herald and Waatea News.
Nick Donaldson has been awarded a summer scholarship in the laboratory - great work!
Peter presented the group's research at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina.
Peter is teaching on a phage course for South & Central Americans in UBA, Argentina.

September

Peter was on a Royal Society Panel discussion with Kim Hill - podcast - ODT article
Peter and Simon were on Radio NZ Our Changing World talking about phages and CRISPR-Cas
Mariya and Lucia received poster awards at the Queenstown Molecular Biology meeting
Peter received the Andrew Shelling Memorial Trophy at QMB2017! Thanks to the whole lab for their effort.
Simon was presented with the illumina Emerging Researcher Award at QMB2017.

August

Did you know that type III CRISPR-Cas systems borrow crRNAs from type I? New paper in eLife in collaboration with the Fire and Sanchez-Amat groups.
Congratulations to Simon Jackson - recipient of the illumina Emerging Researcher Award, 2017
Bridget and Peter attended and presented work from the lab at the Evergreen International Phage Biology Meeting in the USA

July

Peter gave the Ross Crozier Award Lecture at the Genetics Society of AustralAsia meeting
Adrian's PhD thesis was placed on the Health Sciences Division List of Exceptional Doctoral theses!

June

Check out our new PNAS paper on type I-F CRISPR-Cas adaptation - a great collaborative project.
Peter was the Keynote speaker at CRISPR2017 in Big Sky, Montana
Rob, Simon, Bridget and Peter attended and presented at CRISPR2017.

May

Congratulations to Howard who has been awarded a Hauora Māori Ministry of Health Postgraduate Scholarship!
Peter has been awarded the Ross Crozier Medal from the Genetics Society of AustralAsia

April

Adrian and Peter were interviewed about CRISPR-Cas and quorum sensing on abc radio in Australia.
We have a new review on CRISPR-Cas adaptation out in Science!
We have published a paper in Current Opinion in Microbiology about how CRISPR-Cas systems are regulated.

March

In collaboration with the Gardner, Mesarich, Gerth and Templeton labs we have generated a Psa mutant library.
Howard has returned to start his Honours project - welcome back!

February

Peter was external PhD examiner in Wageningen, NL and Uppsala, Sweden
Peter has been an invited speaker in Wageningen, TU Delft and Uppsala Universities
How does a phage evade bacterial innate immunity? - See our AEM paper in collaboration with the Salmond lab
Tim has returned to start his MSc - welcome back!

2016

December

Raymond has returned to NL to lead his on group at Wageningen University - good luck!
Our Molecular Cell paper was highlighted in Science (Editors' Choice Commentary)

November

Quorum sensing regulates CRISPR-Cas activity! Read our new paper in Molecular Cell and the accompanying commentary.
Adrian won the NZMS poster prize and Bridget was 2nd in the NZSBMB poster prize - congrats!
Peter was a Plenary Speaker at the NZMS/NZSBMB 2016 in Christchurch, NZ
Bridget spoke at the NZMS/NZSBMB 2016 and Bridget, Hannah, Adrian, Leah, Brian and Mariya presented posters.
Howard has joined the lab for a summer project - welcome!

October

Peter has been speaking in Parliament on gene editing and CRISPR-Cas9.
Our latest work on CRISPR-Cas adaptation is published in Nature Communications.
Leah has joined the lab from the USA for her PhD!

September

Aroa has arrived from Spain to start her PhD - Welcome to NZ.
Nils returned to Germany after his 6 month visit - farwell!

August

Hannah and Peter visited George Salmond's lab at Cambridge University.

July

Hannah and Peter visited Tim Blower's lab at Durham University.
Peter was an invited speaker at EMBO Viruses of Microbes, Liverpool.
Hannah presented a poster at the EMBO Viruses of Microbes.

June

Lucia has joined the lab for her PhD - welcome!
Peter was an invited speaker at ASM Microbe in Boston.
We have published a new study on anti-CRISPRs in Nature Microbiology in collaboration with Alan Davidson's lab
The anti-CRISPR publication is a Nature Highlight and has a commentary in The Scientist.

May

Peter was an invited speaker at the CRISPR2016 meeting in Israel.
Ray gave a talk and Adrian presented a poster at CRISPR2016.
With Chris Brown we have published a CRISPRDetect(ion) tool in BMC Genomics.

April

Hannah has just published her work on CRISPR-Cas editing and SdhE regulation in Microbiology.
In collaboration with Andrew Pitman we have a new paper in Frontiers in Microbiology.

March

Welcome to Tim Ferguson who is doing his PGDipSci with the group.
We have just published the Cas1 structure in Biochem J with Kurt Krause's group
Peter is in North & South magazine talking about CRISPR-Cas and gene-editing.
Mariya has started her PhD. Welcome to the group!
Brian has returned to the group for his MSc in collaboration with Mihnea Bostina.

February

Nils has joined the lab as a visiting MSc student from Germany. Welcome!
Alison has finished her summer project. All the best Alison!

2015

December

Bridget won 1st place for her poster at the Regulatory RNAs meeting in Cancun, Mexico!
Peter spoke about spacer acquisition at the Regulating with RNAs in Bacteria and Archaea meeting in Cancun, Mexico

November

Peter spoke at the Annual Bio-Protection conference in Christchurch.
We have published a paper in Genome Biology.
Alison has just started a summer project with the group.
We have just published in Nature Reviews Microbiology on phages!
Ray has been awarded a Marsden Fast Start grant! Congratulations!

October

Ray is speaking at the EMBO/EMBL Non-Coding Genome meeting in Heidelberg, Germany.

September

Peter was awarded the national 2015 NZSBMB Custom Science Award and gave a plenary lecture at ComBio, Melbourne.
Max is off to start his PhD at Cambridge University - good luck!
We have just had our lab retreat to Tekapo!
Adrian, Hannah, Max and Peter attended the Queenstown Research Week and presented their research.

August

Peter has been awarded the national 2015 Thermo Fisher Scientific Award for excellence in molecular biology (ODT story).
Peter has presented our current research at the Evergreen International Phage Biology Meeting in Olympia, USA.
Our Colombian collaboration has just resulted in a paper in Viruses.

June

We have published a study of a T7-like Pseudomonas phage in Viruses.
Peter has given a talk on our work at CRISPR2015 in New York, USA.
Adrian has presented his work at the ASM General Meeting in New Orleans, USA and the FEMS microbiology congress in Maastricht, Netherlands.

May

CRISPR: Methods and Protocols is now available (Eds. Lundgren, Charpentier and Fineran)
Adrian has published a study in Nucleic Acids Research on regulation of the Type I-F CRISPR-Cas system.
Ambarish's paper on how to detect targets of crRNAs have been published.
Max has graduated with his BSc (Hons)!

April

Welcome to Rob and Simon, who have just joined the group.
Raymond has published a Science paper on the Cmr CRISPR-Cas complex as part of an international collaboration. (media release)

March

Chris Lam has started an MSc in collaboration with Chris Brown.

February

Brian has joined the group and Mihnea Bostina's Lab for his PGDipSci. Welcome!

January

Bridget has started her PhD in the group. Good luck!
Max has been awarded the Prince of Wales Prize for the top undergraduate or honours student across the whole university. Well done, this is an amazing achievement!