How to square the circle – our new series: Family and Science

You might know the movie “Groundhog Day” (German: “Und täglich grüßt das Murmeltier”), in which Phil (Bill Murray) experiences the same day over and over again. Well, sometimes our typical Monday morning lab seminar reminds me of this movie: We never really start at the scheduled 9 o’clock; we initially have some 15 min chit-chat about the previous weekend, talk about general lab business and, … Continue reading How to square the circle – our new series: Family and Science »

To eat or not to eat – thoughts on nutrition from past and present

While browsing through my grandparents’ house, I happened to stumble over a ‘Kalorientabelle’ – a calorie chart from a magazine (“Freundin”) from 1977. Curious how perception of food might have changed over the last 40 years, I took a closer look. The chart basically lists the number of calories per 100g of each food in a format ‘to carry with you all the time’ – … Continue reading To eat or not to eat – thoughts on nutrition from past and present »

How meditation strengthens the immune system – healthier by not doing anything

Do you know these days when you are incredibly stressed out of your PhD? You feel that you are completely out of balance? You try to hold on and suddenly, just when you cannot afford it, you get sick. As if your body gives you the signal to slow down. Nowadays, it’s always about performance. Many even feel bad when they are less productive than … Continue reading How meditation strengthens the immune system – healthier by not doing anything »

Interested in Immune regulation, big data modelling, and networking?

Immunology is such an exciting field – in recent years, tons of new developments and theories have sprung up like mushrooms after rain. Interestingly, just as there are different trends in the fashion world, scientific research also has different hotspots every year. Various annual international scientific conferences certainly provide the stage for current research trends in Immunology. One of the high-level meetings is the European … Continue reading Interested in Immune regulation, big data modelling, and networking? »

Lab Fails – your pain is our gain! (part 3)

… it’s lab fail-time again! No, I’m not talking about the epic lab fail that just happened to you before you sat down and started reading this article. No worries. After all, I don’t possess clairvoyant abilities. I’m talking about all the lab fails that happen on a daily basis in laboratories all over the world. Thus, there’s plenty of material for us to read … Continue reading Lab Fails – your pain is our gain! (part 3) »

If you can’t work it out, do a workout!

A quick guide on becoming physically and mentally active for your Phd. You’re in the final year of your PhD and feel like you are just a few steps away from a total burnout? Your PI wants you to do more experiments to finally generate significant results after two or three – more or less – chaotic years of PhD? You want to start writing … Continue reading If you can’t work it out, do a workout! »

200 Years University of Bonn – A Poem

  Well, hello there, old lady, it’s been a while 200 years, being precise, but you took them with style! Founded in 1818 with only 47 students enrolled  Two centuries later this number increased 800-fold.   You’ve seen thousands of students eager to learn But some were rather lazy – you made their heads burn. Still, many students came and did quite well Let’s name … Continue reading 200 Years University of Bonn – A Poem »

Get involved – “juFORUM goes job”!

Achieving a PhD is great. But which career will we want to pursue afterwards? Many of us may ask questions like this – mostly with the conclusion that there are a lot of opportunities. However, do we truly know plenty enough about the requirements, different daily routines and career perspectives to make such an important and extensive decision? While some of us decide to continue … Continue reading Get involved – “juFORUM goes job”! »

It’s Quiz Time – the first ImmunoSensation Quiz

Quizzes are becoming more and more popular. Conferences often have an immunology quiz on their agenda and at Christmas parties we like to torture our PIs with some difficult lab questions. 😉 So – we thought now it’s YOUR turn!!! Solve our ImmunoSensation Quiz! This quiz will reveal whether you’re an expert in immunology, show how familiar you are with our lab instruments, and might … Continue reading It’s Quiz Time – the first ImmunoSensation Quiz »

Nobel Prize 2018: The Victory March of Immunotherapy

Autumn has arrived. Time to walk along streets lined with colorful leaves, collect chestnuts (yes, plural, because one can never have too many chestnuts in his or her coat pockets), drink a warm cup of tea, and make oneself comfortable on the sofa. Well, and to decide who will be this year’s Nobel Prize winners! On Monday, October 1st 2018, the Royal Swedish Academy of … Continue reading Nobel Prize 2018: The Victory March of Immunotherapy »