Quintanalab-Calçotada 2019

The Quintanalab-Calçotada 2019 took place on a super sunny April day in El Priorat de Banyeres, a tiny village near Vilafranca. Thanks, Andrea, for offering the house!

It is already a tradition that the whole group gathers together one day to eat calçots with salsa romesco and have fun.

(Please, note Albert’s Salt Bae position…)

Àlex was the calçots chef. A fire was made, and he cooked the calçots with patience and expertise. He did an excellent job as they were very delicious!

After the heavy lunch, to digest, we played dodgeball. Ask Albert who won. Spoiler: not his team.

Then we drunk mojitos and talked and drunk more mojitos… It was a very nice day! Can’t wait for the Quintanalab-Calçotada 2020!

Pati and Pablo join the Quintana lab

As we already briefly mentioned in the last post, the lab is extremely happy to welcome our first graduate students, Patricia (Pati) Prada and Pablo Machuca.

Pati graduated in 2014 (Genetics) from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) and obtained a joint Masters in Biological Antropology  from the Universitat de Barcelona – UAB (our alma mater, by the way) in 2015.

Pablo also graduated in 2014 (Biochemistry) from the Universidad de Granada and in 2015 he obtained a Masters in Advanced Biotechnology from the Universidad de Málaga.

Both Pati and Pablo are pursuing a graduate program in Neurosciences and we are super-mega-sure they have a bright and succesful career in science ahead!

We are really excited to have them in the lab!

Cheers!

 

WP_20151109_15_26_57_Pro

Alex teaching some lab moves 🙂

A busy couple of months!

It’s been a while since the last post, and for a good reason!

It has been a really hectic couple of months…

But first things first…

During these months the lab space has taken shape, there is still some construction going on, but the main lab space is done. You can take a look at the benches before (and after) adding all the equipment.

labWP_20151109_15_26_06_Pro

Importantly, our lab name plate is here! it is so cool to have it already in place, now we are even more excited to do science!

lab tag

 

The second remarkable event for the lab (other than the summer break) has been attending, in September, to the EMBO  workshop “Mitochondrial DNA and degeneration” held in Sitges, Barcelona.

It was a great meeting with plenty of exciting and eye-opening talks that showed us the cutting-edge science in mitochondrial research. Plus, we met many excellent mitochondrial scientists and potential collaborations!

FOTO GRUPO 1 psd (2)

Can you find Waldo (a.k.a the Quintana lab members?)

And last, but not least, we are really excited to introduce our new lab members 🙂 We welcome our first graduate students, Pati and Pablo, but this really deserves its own post!

WP_20151109_15_27_59_Pro

The lab gets bigger but we all share our drive to make excellent science in mitochondrial disease research!

 

The Quintana lab goes across the pond…

It has been an eventful couple of months for the Quintana lab.

It all started when we received a great offer to locate the lab at the Institute of Neurosciences at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, in the outskirts of Barcelona, Spain and have our research funded by one of the prestigious ERC Starting Grants (NEUROMITO: more in current projects).

ercAfter some careful thought, we have decided that this is a great opportunity for the lab to grow and to pursue our goal of finding a cure for mitochondrial disease. This funding has allowed most of the lab to move to Barcelona and will sustain and enhance our research capability in the future.

Even though it is sad to leave Seattle and to say goodbye to our friends at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and the Northwest Mitochondrial Research Guild, we believe that this will be a positive move and that undoubtedly we will continue collaborating towards our common goal. We will always be in debt for the great opportunity, training and mentoring provided by our experience and colleagues in Seattle and we will continue to grow in Barcelona.

All “travelling” members: me (Albert), Eli, Alex, Irene and Kelsey are really looking forward to set our experiments up in Barcelona and we promise new and exciting updates soon! We are sad to leave Jessica and Ben behind, but we are sure they will have a bright and promising career in the future!

So, after a few years… we have to say: farewell Seattle and Welcome Barcelona!

 

 

Capcalera

THE LAB GETS BIGGER!

Alex Irene cropped

Not representative of a regular lab meeting…

Step by step… oh baby… That was the first line of a 1990 cheesy song

but step by step is the way the Quintana lab is growing.

We are really really excited to announce the new additions to the lab:

Dr. Irene Bolea is joining the lab as a postdoctoral fellow. She will be the force behind our experiments on mitochondrial biology and dynamics.

Dr. Alex Gella is joining the lab as a Visiting Scientist, providing his expertise in Biochemistry.

They are both coming from Barcelona (where they obtained their PhDs), via New York, to Seattle.

We are really glad to have them sharing their expertise and mentoring with us!

… And they have already met the Troll… I mean the one in the picture!

Big Welcome to Seattle and to the Quintana lab!!