The beginning

By Andrea Ventura

Today we are launching our new website. Our goal is to give you a sense of what we do in the lab and out of the lab. Here you will find our latest research news, topics that we find interesting, papers for our weekly journal club, and much more…

I want to start with a few pictures I took on the first week of my career as a lab head, back in late 2008. I had done my postdoctoral training in Boston, in the amazing lab of Tyler Jacks at the MIT Center for Cancer Research (now Koch Institute), and the excitement of starting a new adventure was mixed with the fear of having to begin from scratch: hiring my collaborators, unpacking the tools and reagents, and starting an hopefully successful research program. For the first time I realized that I was really on my own!

The next eight years since that initial day have been an amazing adventure. I have been blessed by the trust of so many collaborators who decided to believe in this project and joined what at the time was an empty lab space and a very risky bet. This site is also a way to thank all of them, hoping that the next eight years will be equally exciting and fruitful.

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