Author in ‘Voices from the pandemic’ – Cell Reports Medicine

Cell Reports Medicine presents 11 voices from current trainees, including medical students, graduate students, residents, and fellows, who reflect on how the pandemic altered their research, practice, and learning and, in the process, changed them.

I was one of those 11 voices, and for me the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that planning for unforeseen circumstances should be incorporated in our PhD/Post-doc training

All the voices can be found here

Cell Reports medicine

Presenting a webinar about peer-review with Nature Careers

With great enthusiasm I will be presenting my experience, in a Nature Careers organized webinar, on generating a peer review experience for postdocs by starting a new scientific journal, the Journal of Life Sciences.  This webinar will be on the 8th of April 3pm UK-time


more info and registration form can be found here: link

Breaking News item – Immunopaedia

With great interest I read about the new insights regarding the role of type I interferon in severe COVID-19 disease. Diminished IFN-I production, inborn errors in regulation of the IFN-I response and the production of neutralizing IFN-I autoantibodies could play a role in severe COVID-19 disease in patients outside of the typical risk group.
I briefly highlighted these new findings in a breaking news item on
Immunopaedia, a website promoting immunology education worldwide.


JoLS initiative mentioned by US National Postdoc Association

Our initiative of the Journal of Life Science (JoLS) is highlighted by the US National Postdoc Association

JoLS is the first of its kind—a journal entirely run by postdoctoral scholars from universities and research institutes across the world.

Together, JoLS members have built a unique and independent platform to support and enhance the postdoctoral experience in the life sciences. In addition to publishing high-quality articles, the journal offers abundant learning opportunities to new postdoctoral trainees, promising graduate and undergraduate students—including participation in scientific writing, peer-reviewing and editing—that wish to build a compelling scientific resume




Completed the Science Mentoring Workshop

Science Mentoring 3-part workshop for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are mentoring undergraduates in the laboratory or field.

Part 1. Undergraduate Research Fellowships & Writing Recommendation Letters / Developing Research Projects with Undergraduates/Diversity and Inclusion

Part 2. Mentoring Undergraduates: Handling Challenges,/Celebrating Successes/Diversity and Inclusion/Supporting Student Science Writing

Part 3. Undergraduate Researcher Panel Q&A

Workshop info – link


Article in Cell Reports by lab colleague Cees van der Poel

Article by lab colleague Cees van der Poel entitled “Follicular Dendritic Cells Modulate Germinal Center B Cell Diversity through FcgRIIB” is published in Cell reports (open access).

• Stromal FcγRIIB deficiency causes increased germinal center diversity
• Absence of FcγRIIB on Follicular Dendritic Cells (FDCs) supports persistence of low Somatic HyperMutation (SHM) B cell clones

Cell Reports 2019 C van der Poel