12/05/20017 - DFG funds our Graduate School

The DFG funds our joined international graduate school with ANU Canberra “Crossing Boundaries: Molecular Interactions in Malaria”.  Interested in doing a PhD in infection biology? Spending some time in Canberra and Berlin?  Graduating with dual affiliation? Stay tuned – more details on our PhD selection to follow soon.


01/05/2017 - Welcome Ella!

Ella is joining us from France for 3 months! Have a great summer in Berlin, Ella!

22/04/2017 - March for Science











11.000 marched for Science in Berlin. Thank you all. Science matters!


19/03/2017 - Talk at the Simons Foundation

Simone is invited by the Simons Foundation to talk about ‘Biological Active Matter: Nongeneric Problems, Nongeneric Methods’ in the Flatiron building in New York!


03/03/2017 - Lab outing!

Lab outing! Madhouse live escape game - we got out in only 56 minutes and 39 seconds! Dinner was well deserved!


06/12/2016 - Data visualization workshop











Helena Jambor teaching us about science data visualization. Thanks Helena!

02/11/2016 - BSIO Grant









We were awarded a BSIO grant together with Clemens Schmitt, who works on cancer genetics and cellular stress responses!


27/10/2016 - 15 years MPI CBG

Happy 15th Birthday MPI CBG! Fantastic symposium and fun Hyman lab reunion!


15/10/2016 - Welcome Tobias!









Welcome Tobias!
Tobias is a joint master student with the Ewers lab!


10/10/2016 - Visting the Görlich lab

Sebastian, Will & Simone spent a few days in the Görlich lab at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry! Was great fun, especially meeting newborn Alpaca boy ‘Max’. Same hairdresser, Will?


14/09/2016 - EMBO Cell Size Meeting

Simone is giving a talk at the EMBO workshop ‘Cell Size Regulation’. Only a few weeks after leaving Woods Hole, Wallace, Thomas & Simone are reunited in one session! Thanks Britta for organizing a great meeting.


20/08/2016 - Back to Berlin!

We spent wonderful weeks in beautiful Woods Hole! Thanks to everyone at the MBL, in particular the Horb lab. Thanks to Nikon for providing microscopes! And special thanks to the Petry lab for being great lab mates! Such a fun time!


06/01/2016 - Off to Woods Hole - Yeah!

Moving to The Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole for the summer. From June - August our address is


Reber lab

Rowe 308, 7 Mbl St

Woods Hole

MA 02543


05/18/2016 - Systems Biology lecture series “Imaging Biological Systems"



Simone is invited to talk about "Using optics to measure subcellular dynamics and mechanics" at the at the BIMSB.




05/13/2016 - Interested? Joint Master Thesis in the labs of Helge Ewers & Simone Reber

Imaging the Neuronal Microtubule Cytoskeleton


Microtubules are essential cytoskeletal components of neurons. They are fundamental to many neuronal processes, such as long-distance transport, but they also establish and maintain neuronal morphology. We are interested in dynamic as well as structural parameters of the microtubule cytoskeleton, such as microtubule number, length, distribution, orientation, and bundling throughout neuronal differentiation. The aim of this imaging-based project is to resolve the spatial organization of the microtubule cytoskeleton throughout neuronal differentiation with nanometer precision. 


Individuals experienced / interested in neurobiology, biophysics, biochemistry or bioengineering are invited to apply. Please send a CV, a letter of motivation, and names of up to 3 references via email to helge.ewers@fu-berlin.de and simone.reber@iri-lifesciences.de.  


Keywords: Microtubule cytoskeleton, neuronal differentiation, superresolution microscopy, nanobodies, quantitative imaging.

05/10/2016 - Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle de Lyon


Thanks to the group of Michalis Averof, Patricia and all other PhD students for inviting Simone to their Student-Invited Seminar Series at the Institute of Functional Genomics of Lyon (IGFL).

04/15/2016 - Lise-Meitner-Kolloquium FU Berlin

Thanks to Helge Ewers for inviting Simone to give a Lise-Meitner-Kolloquium at the FU Berlin.

04/15/2016 - Welcome to our new postdoc Adrian Granada!




Adrian came from the Department of Systems Biology from Havard Medical School and will continue his work on DNA repair.

04/11/2016 - Symposium 'Molecular Interactions in Malaria'

The Australian National University Canberra and The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin jointly hosted a symposium on 'Molecular Interactions in Malaria.'  Thanks to the organizers Kai Matuschewski and Alex Maier for inviting Simone to speak and for encouraging Will to present a poster. Special thanks to Kevin Saliba for generous Zimtschnecken support.

03/10/2016 - Sebastian's 1st TAC and IRI Talk by Alex Bird


Great job Seb!

Thanks Alex for a wonderful seminar on ‘Regulation of microtubule instability towards ensuring genome stability’.

03/03/2016  - IRI Colloquium 'Collective Behavior' – Tony Hyman


Tony Hyman visits the lab and speaks about "Phase Separation in Cytoplasm: Implications for Polarity and Neurodegeneration". It was a pleasure!

02/25/2016 - Abin’s 1st TAC & IRI Talk by Ivo Telley


Well done Abin!

Thanks Ivo for coming all the way from Lisbon and giving a great lecture on ‘Drosophila early embryogenesis under a new light’.

02/17/2016 - Why do Zebras Have Stripes?


Entertaining Abendkolloquium by WIKO fellow Tim Caro.

Image courtesy: Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

15/02/2016 - New year, new colleague!




Welcome Varun Kapoor, who is a joint postdoc with the Preibisch lab. Varun will work on the development of image analysis software to characterize microtubule dynamics.

02/04/2016 - IRI Colloquium 'Collective Behavior' – Dan Needleman

Thanks to Dan  for coming all the way from Boston to talk about 'Physical Aspects of Spindle Assembly'.

01/26/2016 - Simone's first university lecture ‘Introduction to Biophysics’

12/15/2015 - Happy holidays!

Here’s a photo from the lab’s Christmas market outing. Wishing everyone wonderful holidays and a happy new year!

11/25/2015 - Image analysis workshop

Image analysis workshop with Jan Brocher from BioVoxxel – great success!

11/2472015 - Leonie's inaugural lecture

We warmly welcome Leonie Ringrose as a new IRI professor! Great guest lectures by Susan Gasser (FMI, Basel), Martin Howard (JIC, Norwich), and Marc Rehmsmeier (HU Berlin) including a very British reception with scones, cucumber sandwiches, and Gin & Tonic. Way to go Leonie!

11/11/2015 - Visit of the Scientific Advisory Board

We are excited about the visit of the SAB members Naama Barkai (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot), Wolfram Brune (HeInrich Pette Institut, Hamburg), Lucas Pelkmans (Universität Zürich), Chris Sander (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York) and Dimitris Thanos (Biomedical Research Foundation Academy of Athens) on Nov, 11th and 12th.

10/01/2015 - Interested in our work? Simone is going to give a couple of seminars til the end of the year…

21. Okt 2015, 16:00
Theoretical Bio- and Soft Matter Physics Seminar
Freie Universität Berlin
Department of Physics
Host: Prof. Dr. Roland Netz

22. Okt 2015, 17:15
Physikal. Kolloquium
Technische Universität Berlin
Institut für Theoretische Physik
Host:  Prof. Dr. Holger Stark

06. Nov 2015, 14:00
Molecular Systems Biology Seminar
Institute for Theoretical Biology
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Host: Prof. Dr. Nils Blüthgen

20. Nov 2105, 10:15
Colloquium on Complex and Biological Systems
Biological Physics
University of Potsdam
Host: Prof. Dr. Carsten Beta

16. Dez 2015, 10:30
CSB Seminar Series
Computational Systems Biology
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

08/18/2015 - Job offer: We are looking for a postdoc to develop algorithms for quantitative analysis of large data sets

We, together with the Preibisch lab are looking for a postdoctoral research fellow to develop algorithms for quantitative analysis of large data sets from 4D time-lapse fluorescence microscopy and of single molecule imaging by TIRF microscopy.


08/13/2015 - Raghavendra Gadagkar receives Germany’s highest civilian honour

Congratulations to our friend and WIKO-fellow Raghavendra Gadagkar, who receives Germany’s highest civilian honour, the Bundesverdienstkreuz.

08/12/2015 - Tubulin labeling success

First Tubulin labeling was successful. Cy3, Oregon Green and TAMRA!

05/06/2015 - Simone at the Young Leaders in Science Meeting

04/13/2015 - We are awarded the Humboldt-Princeton Strategic Partnership Grant as part of a team consisting of Sabine Petry and Cliff Brangwynne (Princeton)

04/01/2015 - Bringing a new perspective to the group. Welcome Will Hirst!

02/16/2015 - Simone’s Inaugural Lecture with a guest lecture by Tim Hunt

02/01/2015 - Sebastian Reusch joins the lab. Welcome Sebastian!

01/01/2015 - New year, new colleague: Abin Biswas joins the lab

12/08/2014 - Lab warming with a guest lecture by Johannes Jäger

09/01/2014 - Simone joins the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin as a fellow

08/08/2014 - Lab space under construction

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