Tandem runs

First footage of beautiful tandem runs of Camponotus sericeus ants in our lab. These ants were collected south of the Dead Sea to participate in Daphna's behavioral-genomics experiments. In a super-sized arena, the ants call on nestmates in a one-on-one recruitment behavior known as "tandem run". The leader shows the way and the follower keeps up close behind her to learn the route to a new food source, an new nest site, or sometimes to join an assault on an adversary neighboring nest.

Photo credit: Pnina Cohen

New lab celebrations - Swiss style!

We celebrated moving into our new lab (the construction was actually completed in September). We had a great crowd of friends and colleagues gathering together for a Swiss-style apéro: Swiss cheeses, Israeli wines, Belgian beer, and Italian tiramisu! Speeches were made and we raised our glasses. We had a great time as the photos show:


Photo credit: Shay Levy

Israel Science Foundation grant to fund a new research program on desert ants!

Our lab received generous funding from the ISF that will allow a new research program into the evolution and genomic basis of social recognition in Israeli desert ants (Cataglyphis), in collaboration with the lab of Abraham Hefetz from Tel Aviv University. New positions are now available for research students (both M.Sc. and Ph.D.) and postdocs. The project will involve genome and transcriptome sequencing (next generation sequencing) and population genetic analyses. Candidates should have training/experience in molecular biology and bioinformatics.

Hive inauguration

We celebrated the signing of the ATP (for those unfamiliar with hi-tech jargon: Acceptance Test Procedure) of our Faculty's new computer cluster: The Hive. We also received news that we got the ISF institutional equipment grant we applied for, so double the celebration!

Igor Chebotar, Yair Bellehsen, Nimrod Lahav, Eyal Privman, Doron Chelouche, and Mickey Kosloff raising their glasses in honor of the Hive