Take a look inside another lab: Lab-takeover of the eLife Twitter account, June 10 - 13

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We'd like to say a huge thank you to all of the Labs that participated in the #eLifetakeover.

Here's a recap of the week (a full record of all of the Twitter activity is also available on our Storify account).

Day 1 - The Mechanochemistry group - University of Warwick (Warwick, UK)

The lab gave us an insight into the day -to -day goings on their Labs....

..... talked about the interdisiplinary nature of their research....

.... and even showed us the techniques that they use to deal with the pressure of Lab life!

Day 2 - The Hyman Lab - Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (Dresden, Germany)

The members of the Hyman Lab set themselves a challenge; to explain their research interests in a 2 minute long video.

They also talked about the importance of having fun outside of the Lab....

.... and had so much fun taking over our Twitter account that they set up their own ( @HymanLab)!

Day 3 - The Kuriyan Lab - University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, USA)

Introducing the Kuriyan Lab...

...their journal club...

...and their view of the Advanced Light Source, one of the world's brightest sources of ultraviolet and soft x-ray light.

Day 4 - The Weigel Group - Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology (Tuebingen, Germany)

The Weigel Group introduced their Lab's work with a video...

... and showed us around their facility.

They told us all about their group's very broad research and then filmed group leader, Detlef Weigel, discussing a brand new research project that the group are about to embark upon!

Next week, join eLife for a look inside four different labs around the world, as groups in England, Germany, and USA takeover the eLife Twitter account.

The Mechanochemistry Group in Warwick, the Hyman Lab in Dresden, the Kuriyan Lab in Berkeley, and the Weigel Group in Tuebingen will talk about their work, showcase the coolest things in the lab and the most exciting developments in their fields, answer questions, and hopefully introduce us to some group members. The schedule and details on the type of work done by each group are below.

To get to know what it’s like to work in each of these places;

TUESDAY 10/06/14 The Mechanochemistry group - University of Warwick (Warwick, UK)

This group of labs have common interests in mechanochemical cell biology. Two of these labs are headed by Stephen Royle and Andrew McAinsh. Their research takes place at the interface between physics, chemistry and biology and concerns mechanisms of active self-organization in living systems.

A whole host of researchers from these labs, including Stephen and Andrew themselves, will be on-hand to discuss their mission to discover molecular mechanisms and principles of active self-organization in living systems and to apply the new knowledge, via collaboration, to improve human health and wellbeing.

WEDNESDAY 11/06/14 The Hyman Lab - Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (Dresden, Germany)

The Hyman Lab studies cytoplasmic organization and how cells form non-membrane bound compartments, including stress granules, centrosomes, and spindles. They are particularly interested in understanding the physical and chemical mechanisms that control the formation of these compartments and how cells regulate this process.

On Wednesday, the whole Lab will be on Twitter telling you a little more about their work and sharing some insights into life as a researcher.

THURSDAY 12/06/14 The Kuriyan Lab - University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, USA)

The Kuriyan Lab looks at the structure and mechanism of the enzymes and molecular switches that carry out cellular signal transduction. They use X-ray crystallography to determine the three-dimensional structures of proteins involved in signaling, as well as biochemical, biophysical, and computational analyses to figure out how they work.

Research specialist Tiago Barros and postdoctoral fellow Margaret Stratton will be on-hand, along with other lab members, to talk about their research.

FRIDAY 13/06/14 The Weigel Group - Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology (Tuebingen, Germany)

The Weigel Group investigates the molecular mechanisms underlying adaptive traits. They study this on several different levels, from the biochemical and molecular biology experiments in the lab to the field. The lab has a long standing tradition for developing and furnishing the scientific community with new molecular and bioinformatic techniques and tools, such as SHORE-mapping, tools for Genome assembly, artificial miRNA design. The lab also works on developing molecular devices for the study of miRNA function (amiR and MIM technologies) or monitoring in vivo presence of active forms of plant hormones.

Ignacio Rubio Somoza and Patricia Lang will be heading up the tweeting. Both work with these tools whilst also investigating miRNA biogenesis and its role during plant development and defence.