On the 8th and 9th of June, the Maurice lab went on a lab retreat in the beautiful surroundings of Gun located in Limburg. We stayed at an old farm where we spend two days talking about science, getting to know each other better and doing fun activities. We made a nice overview of all the projects within the lab and brainstormed about new future projects. We also learned a lot during the workshops that were given by our colleagues about sustainability, computational analysis and entrepreneurship. Finally we had a lot of fun during the pubquiz, karaoke and treasure hunt.
After more than 40 years (!) employed by the UMC Utrecht, our lab manager Peter van Kerkhof retired. We are very happy that he joined us in the Maurice team for the last years of his career. Working at UMC Utrecht for such a long time is of course something very special. Therefore we decided to name the bridge to the lab after him! Now we always remember him when we walk over the Peter van Kerkhof bridge to the lab. He is greatly missed by all of us, take care Peter!
Our lab published a new review in Cell Death and Differentiation with the title “Organoid-based modeling of intestinal development, regeneration, and repair”. We discuss how Wnt and YAP signaling are involved in intestinal regeneration and compare the regenerative process with intestinal development. We focus on how organoid-based research contributed to a better understanding of these regenerative and developmental processes.
The publication can be found here.