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The van Opijnen Lab


LATEST NEWS

August 2016 - Read about our largest project to date, the first manually curated model for S. pneumoniae at the bioRxiv! The manuscript is currently also under review, but that may take a while...

August 2016 - Our latest manuscript on strain-specific antibiotic sensitivity in S. pneumoniae has been accepted at PLoS Pathogens! Read all about it right here...

July 2016 - The U01-Resistance team attended a Kickoff meeting in DC, and Dr. Tim van Opijnen gave an overview presentation on the project to the NIH.

June 2016 - The complete van Opijnen Lab attended BBM and ASM MICROBE2016, gave an oral presentation and presented posters.

May 2016 - A big scare hit the lab in May as Visiting Professor H. Tadashi went missing in the woods of New Hampshire. However, due to a lab wide search effort he was safely found after 5 days going without food. Needless to say the lab is relieved and celebrated with a Lab-BBQ / Star Wars night.

April 2016 - Some great news about our lab in the Chronicle.

March 2016 - As the lead research group the van Opijnen Lab teamed up last summer with Drs. Ralph Isberg (Tufts), Jason Rosch (St. Jude Children's Hospital), Vaughn Cooper (U. of Pittsburgh) and José Bento (BC) and has now been awarded a U01 from NIH/NIAID to perform research on the Systems Biology of Antibiotic Resistance for the next 5 years! We are one of 5 teams across the country to receive this grant and are gearing up to do some fantastic research! Check out the JOBS page if you're interested in joining the lab.

 

JOBS

 

Two NIH funded postdoctoral positions in microbial systems biology and antibiotic resistance are available in the van Opijnen lab.

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The van Opijnen Lab


LATEST NEWS

August 2016 - Read about our largest project to date, the first manually curated model for S. pneumoniae at the bioRxiv! The manuscript is currently also under review, but that may take a while...

August 2016 - Our latest manuscript on strain-specific antibiotic sensitivity in S. pneumoniae has been accepted at PLoS Pathogens! Read all about it right here...

July 2016 - The U01-Resistance team attended a Kickoff meeting in DC, and Dr. Tim van Opijnen gave an overview presentation on the project to the NIH.

June 2016 - The complete van Opijnen Lab attended BBM and ASM MICROBE2016, gave an oral presentation and presented posters.

May 2016 - A big scare hit the lab in May as Visiting Professor H. Tadashi went missing in the woods of New Hampshire. However, due to a lab wide search effort he was safely found after 5 days going without food. Needless to say the lab is relieved and celebrated with a Lab-BBQ / Star Wars night.

April 2016 - Some great news about our lab in the Chronicle.

March 2016 - As the lead research group the van Opijnen Lab teamed up last summer with Drs. Ralph Isberg (Tufts), Jason Rosch (St. Jude Children's Hospital), Vaughn Cooper (U. of Pittsburgh) and José Bento (BC) and has now been awarded a U01 from NIH/NIAID to perform research on the Systems Biology of Antibiotic Resistance for the next 5 years! We are one of 5 teams across the country to receive this grant and are gearing up to do some fantastic research! Check out the JOBS page if you're interested in joining the lab.

 

JOBS

 

Two NIH funded postdoctoral positions in microbial systems biology and antibiotic resistance are available in the van Opijnen lab.

The van Opijnen Lab practices microbial systems biology which basically means that we try to understand a bacterium as a complete system. So instead of carefully studying the organism one component at the time we build networks of all the genetic elements that drive a bacterium's behavior. Thereby we rapidly develop a real good understanding of how a bacterium does its thing, for instance trigger disease.

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Our work


We mainly focus on pathogenic bacteria and apply a combination of high-throughput robotics, next generation sequencing and computational biology to discover what makes them tick.

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Our work


We mainly focus on pathogenic bacteria and apply a combination of high-throughput robotics, next generation sequencing and computational biology to discover what makes them tick.

The van Opijnen Lab focuses on projects to determine how bacteria trigger disease on a genome-wide level and species-wide scale, we elucidate the fine inner workings of antibiotics and we develop new genome-wide tools and screens to identify novel antimicrobial compounds.

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The Lab


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The Lab


Tim van opijnen

Principal Investigator

Dr van Opijnen received his Masters in evolutionary genetics from the University of Amsterdam, and as a graduate student he worked on the evolution of HIV at the Medical School of the University of Amsterdam. As a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Andrew Camilli at Tufts University in Boston his interests shifted to bacterial pathogens and systems biology. Since January 2013 he runs his own lab as an Assistant Professor of Microbial Systems Biology at Boston College.

The workers

Postdocs & Grad students

Check out the PEOPLE for more information on who's who in the lab. If you are interested in joining the lab as a postdoc, grad student or technician, check-out the JOBS page for possible openings.

 

The Rookies

Undergraduates

We house a large flock of undergraduate students on the computational and wet-bench side of the lab. Each undergraduate works in close collaboration with a postdoc or graduate student. If you are interested in joining the lab as an undergraduate student please send an inquiry email including your CV to Dr. van Opijnen.

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