Hi everyone! Hope you had a lovely summer! I sure had. During my holiday our paper got published online (August 19) and has already received almost 3000 views since! And that without us alerting the masses by sending out a press release. I guess interest in the project has generated...
Well, it finally happened. After an immense amount of work, and almost a year-and-a-half after this project has been fully funded, our manuscript has been submitted. Obviously, to an open access journal. I just received an email that an editor has been assigned who will send it to two or three...
Sneak peak into another new paper of ours and a project update
Hi everyone, This time a lab note from Munich Germany! Yes, I moved across the pond to Europe and am now working from a different university: the Ludwig Maximilians University (or the LMU). Not because I didn't like Penn State anymore, in fact I was quite sad to leave, but because this is...
Jun 7, 2014
New paper published
Hi everyone, I promised in my former lab note that I would share my paper with you as soon as it would be published online. Well, it was officially published yesterday so it's online for everyone that is interested in reading it. It was not published open access, so it is behind a pay wall...
Update: Optimizing and the first pilot experiments
Jan 14, 2014
Really cool video about our lab
Hi all, I thought I'd share this really cool video with you which was aired by Penn State's Big Ten Network last night. In this video David, Lauren and Emelia talk about studying parasites that manipulate behavior (obviously ;)) and the work that especially Lauren and Emelia are doing by...
Dec 30, 2013
We've reached the funding goal! Let's start doing some science now :-)
Hi everyone, By now you've all already heard that we've made it to the funding goal! Thanks to all 105 of you (actually a little bit more because some of the pledges were made by multiple people together) we can start to do the experiments to discover the genes that are involved in...
Dec 28, 2013
Great news! A different way of backing the project. We almost...
Today was a very very good day for the project. Many more people learned about it and not only visited and shared the page or the superb earthsky.org article about it, but a lot of you decided to back it or increase your donations. So, to all...
Dec 20, 2013
Happy Holidays and thanks for your support!
Dec 17, 2013
Ophiocordyceps fungi in the lab and in the wild
Dec 12, 2013
What would you like to see in the new lab note?
Hi there, I am thinking about posting new lab notes. Therefore, I would like your input please. Would you guys like to have a closer look at what the different fungal species we have look like outside of the ants (now you know what they look like when they infect ants)? Or would you like...
Dec 9, 2013
Ask Me anything on Reddit today!
Hi everyone, I am planning to spend my day answering any questions you might have on the subject of parasitic behavioral manipulation and ants manipulated by fungi of the genus Ophiocordyceps in particular. Next to the things we do know at this point in time, there are also a...
Dec 6, 2013
Taking the Laser Capture Microscope for a test drive: Cutting...
Nov 30, 2013
The Campaign has been extended! Let's get this project funded!
Nov 25, 2013
Inside a dead, infected ant
Nov 20, 2013
Sectioning of diseased ant heads: first hurdle has been taken!
Nov 12, 2013
Fieldwork: The good, the bad, and the muddy
Nov 8, 2013
24 days left!
22 backers, almost 2000 page views (I am loving the fact I can check these stats every day) and 24 days to go. A huge thanks to the awesome first 22 for supporting my project. You guys rock! I'll make sure to keep on updating this page regularly for you guys. And if you have any questions or...