August 2016: Frederico published two new papers this month, one in FEMS Yeast Research ‘Maltose and maltotriose utilisation by group I strains of the hybrid lager yeast Saccharomyces pastorianus‘ and the other in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology ‘Ploidy influences the functional attributes of de novo lager yeast hybrids‘. Manuela also had a paper accepted for publication in Journal of Microbiological Methods entitled ‘Simplified CRISPR-Cas genome editing for Saccharomyces cerevisiae‘.

July 2016: The YEASTCELL and Quantfung ITNs co-organized a Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions Workshop at the PYFF6 meeting in Lisbon on July 11th. 4 Early Stage Researchers from each of the networks gave a talk on their research and spent an evening networking at a  local restaurant.


Leonie gave a talk at the European Congress on Biotechnology conference  that took place from 3-6th of July in Krakow, Poland. She presented her work on “Biosynthesis of very long-chain fatty alcohols and wax esters in metabolically engineered strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae”.

Nurzhan’s research article ‘Assessing physio-macromolecular effects of lactic acid on Zygosaccharomyces bailii cells during microaerobic fermentation‘ has been accepted in FEMS Yeast Research. Anna published a review article ‘Blastobotrys (Arxula) adeninivorans – a promising alternative yeast for biotechnology and basic research‘ in the journal Yeast.

June 2016: YEASTCELL ESRs and PIs spent a sun-soaked week at Supagro Montpellier partipcipating in the third and final Summer School – ‘Application of Saccharomyces yeasts for Industrial Fermentation’. The group heard a series of lectures on Yeast Diversity and Genome Evolution, Quantitative Yeast Genetics and Industrial Fermentation; alongside a visit to the IRNA experimental winery at Pech Rouge. The students also attended in a Leadership and Management Skills course delivered by Hfp consulting.



March 2016: Javier gave a talk entitled ‘Genetic dissection of lactose assimilation in Kluyveromyces marxianus’ at the Microbiology Society Annual Conference in Liverpool.

January 2016: Angela participated in a Synthetic Biology course at EMBL in June last year. At the end of the course each group had to create a video about the project they developed during the 3 week course.

Here is the link to the course material:

and here is the link to the video made by Angela’s group:

December 2015: Raúl was a member of the organising committee for the 6th Annual Symposium on Computational Biology and Innovation. The symposium took place at University College Dublin from 3-4 December.

September 2015: Matthias and David both attended ISSY32 in Perugia, Italy. Congratulations to Matthias who was one of two students out of approximately 150 to be awarded a prize for best poster.

David, Matthias, Leonie and Angela attended the 6th International Brewing Competition hosted at Hamburg University of Technology . They were awarded 1st prize for the beer ‘Dom Beerignon’ created by David and Matthias.

August 2015: An IP and Careers workshop hosted in Heidelberg by EMBL Enterprise Management Technology Transfer GmbH was the first of two summer training events organized by YEASTCELL.  It was followed by our 2nd annual Summer School held this year at Goethe-University in Frankfurt. Thank you to all the speakers, participants and organizers.

June 2015: Javier attended the 6th Congress of European Microbiologists (FEMS 2015) in Maastricht, The Netherlands from June 7-11.

Ângela participated in the EMBO practical course ‘Synthetic Biology in Action’ that took place from 8-20 June in Heidelberg. She also attended the conference Enabling Technologies for Eukaryotic Synthetic Biology from 21 – 23 June 2015 in Heidelberg.

May 2015: Frederico gave a talk entitled ‘Sugar transporters in different strains of lager brewing yeast and their impact on fermentation performance’ at the 35th European Brewing Convention in Porto, Portugal

April 2015: Leonie spent 5 days in Leiden, The Netherlands at the 8th International Metabolomics Workshop. For more details on her experience read on…..

March 2015: Frederico and the team from VTT have had their paper ‘New lager strains generated by interspecific hybridization.’ accepted for publication in the Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology

Anja and the teams from TU Delft and Heineken have had their paper Saccharomyces cerevisiae x Saccharomyces eubayanus interspecific hybrid, the best of both worlds and beyond.’ accepted for publication in FEMS Yeast Research.

The YEASTCELL coordinator and 3 of our ESRs, Anna, Nurzhan and Manuela took part in a mini-symposium at the VAAM conference in Marburg, Germany. The mini-symposium on ‘Fungal Biology and Biotechnology’ was organized by the QuantFung ITN to encourage collaboration between the fungal ITNs YEASTCELL, FungiBrain and QuantFung.

February 2015: The ESRs outreach blog is up and running. The first articles were posted at the end of January. Thanks to Raúl for managing the technical side and to Manuela and Ângela for editing the articles.

January 2015: Raúl became the first YEASTCELL ESR to go on secondment. He left Ken’s lab in University College Dublin to join Paola and Nurzhan in the University of Milano-Bicocca for 3 months.

Anja took part in an advanced course in Microbial Physiology and Fermentation Technology run by the Institute of Biotechnology Studies Delft Leiden.

December 2014: Leonie attended the ‘Synthetic Biology’ Conference in Suzhou, China from 1st -5th December 2014. She presented a poster on “In vivo synthesis of commercially valuable wax esters in S. cerevisiae“.

October 2014: YEASTCELL participation at  ISSY31

August 2014: YEASTCELL Newsletter Issue 2

June 2014:  1st YEASTCELL Summer School

May 2014: YEASTCELL Newsletter Issue 1


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