News archive since September 2017


15 January 2019: Starting the new year in outstanding fashion with a paper published in the ISME Journal! Etthel and Joran discovered how persistence promotes the evolution of antibiotic resistance. Superb achievement, congrats! Check out the Publications page for details.


15 January 2019: Liselot's review paper on cell cycle control in E. coli was named among the 'Top 10 FEMS Microbiology Reviews articles making an impact' in 2018, hurray!


19 December 2018: Elen, Laure and Pieter were granted a highly competitive FWO PhD fellowship. Congratulations, great job!


18 October 2018: The SPI group has grown quite a bit over the past few months - a big welcome to Sang, Elen and Pieter!


1 September 2018: We wish Toon the very best in life after SPI. Thanks for the memories and keep in touch!


30 August 2018: Happy blogging by SPI members for the general audience! Liselot explains about good and bad bacteria that are all around us in this Eos blog, and together with Dorien she summarizes our recent HokB paper in another Eos blog (in Dutch).


14 August 2018: Dorien elucidated a key mechanism of Obg-mediated persistence to find that "The Persistence-Inducing Toxin HokB Forms Dynamic Pores That Cause ATP Leakage", a study published in mBio. Congrats to her! Check out the Publications page for details.


25 July 2018: Bram and Toon just published the definitive review on "Experimental Design, Population Dynamics, and Diversity in Microbial Experimental Evolution" in Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews, check it out! See the Publications page for details.


21 June 2018: Toon wrote a post for the Eos blog, explaining in layman's terms what his Nature Communications paper is all about (in Dutch).


8 June 2018: CRISPR-based gene editing in bacteria just got easier thanks to Toon's innovate methodology described in "CRISPR-FRT targets shared sites in a knock-out collection for off-the-shelf genome editing", published in Nature Communications. In collaboration with David Marciano and colleagues from Baylor College of Medicine, congrats to both teams! Check out the Publications page for details and press coverage.


7 June 2018: Our comment on a recent Nature paper describing a novel class of antibacterials with anti-persister activity was published in the top-tier journal Molecular Cell, check it out! See the Publications page for details.


10 April 2018: Valerie's exhaustive review on "Current and emerging anti-persister strategies and therapeutics" was published in one of the leading journals covering drug resistance, Drug Resistance Updates -- the culmination of an incredibly fruitful PhD, fantastic achievement! Check out the Publications page for details.


20 March 2018: Toon's genome analysis skills were crucial to unravel the mechanism of "Selective killing by lectin-like bacteriocins", published in mBio. Great job! Check out the Publications page for details.


9 February 2018: Valerie's paper on the mode of action of our novel anti-persister compound SPI009 was published in Frontiers in Microbiology, well done! Check out the Publications page for details.


22 January 2018: Liselot's authorative review on "An integrative view of cell cycle control in Escherichia coli" was published in one of microbiology's premier journals, FEMS Microbiology Reviews -- awesome stuff! Check out the Publications page for details.


22 December 2017: Valerie's paper on "Antibacterial activity of SPI009 against antibiotic-resistant strains" was published in Frontiers in Microbiology, great job! Check out the Publications page for details.


13 November 2017: After reaching second place in the PhD Cup 2017, Bram's research was featured in the Artsenkrant, Belgium's national newspaper for general practitioners and medical specialists. Well done!


20 October 2017: The SPI group has won 2 prizes at Belgium's premier national microbiology meeting, the 2017 Symposium of the Belgian Society for Microbiology. Bram won the Best Presentation prize and Taiyeb won the BSM agar art award with this picture. Congrats to both of them!


9 October 2017: We are now officially part of the world-renowned Flemish biotechnology institute VIB, hurray! Check out our VIB mini-site here.


9 October 2017: We are hiring! Are you the dynamic and highly motivated PhD student that the SPI group is looking for? Find out more at Nature Jobs or apply here.


7 October 2017: Laure is nominated for the VBI Student Research Awards, well done! She will present the results from her Master thesis during a grand finale that will take place on October 17th at the Heuts auditorium. Come and cheer her on! For more info, check out the VBI Student Research Awards web site.


5 October 2017: Bram finished second in the finals of the PhD Cup 2017, congratulations! Watch a video of Bram's performance on the night here and a newspaper interview with him here.


26 September 2017: Bram has made it into the finals of the PhD Cup 2017, congratulations! Vote for him here.


6 September 2017: Toon's paper on "Network-based identification of adaptive pathways in evolved ethanol-tolerant bacterial populations" got published in Molecular Biology and Evolution, fantastic stuff! Check out the Publications page for more links.

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