December 2022

Congrats Dr Nguyen

What a way to end the year πŸ˜‰ and welcoming a new Doctor to our lab, Congratulations to Andrea who was just awarded her PhD and is joining us in the Drs club !!!! Also she passed with very minor edits, well done on a brilliant and extremely successful PhD.

Always hard to say goodbye

It has been 5 fabulous years with Dr Christopher Szeto in the lab, and it is time for him to move on to a new challenge πŸ˜‰ thanks for the fantastic time in science, fun, communications, art, and so much more. Been a real pleasure to work with such a talented scientist.

Xmas party

What a fun week-end altogether enjoying the sunset in Monington peninsula having fun, great food with the lovely people we have for colleagues !!!! Always a great event πŸ˜‰

Crystal 34, SCANZ conference in Bendigo

The Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand meeting was held in Bendigo at the La Trobe University campus πŸ˜‰ Andrea won a Rising Star awards and Stephanie the Sandy Mathieson medal πŸ˜‰

Special event at LIMS: Protein crystallography: careers, discoveries and mentoring the new generation.

We were extremely lucky to have both Prof. Jenny Martin (Australia) and Elspeth Garman (UK), two world leaders in protein crystallography as well as remarkable mentors of the next generation of scientists, visiting and presenting at the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS).

November 2022

ASI conference in Melbourne

The 50th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Immunology was held in Melbourne. This 50th annual meeting will be a significant milestone in the history of the society. This will be the first time since 2019 that the society will be meeting altogether in-person. In addition, it will be 25 years since Peter Doherty and Rolf Zinkernagel was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. We have much to celebrate!

Collecting good data

Trip to the Australian Synchrotron with PhD student Lawton and Master student Lekh πŸ˜‰ getting some good data !!!!


What a fantastic evening !!! this was so much fun, a combine party for more fun.

AIDS Kumamoto conference, Japan

It was such a pleasure to travel back to Japan and be invited to the AIDS conference in Kumamoto. A lot of amazing science, new collaborators, and terrific food as well.

October 2022

Not much has happened, we all been busy working πŸ˜‰

September 2022

Combio conference, Melbourne

The Combio conference went very smoothly, it was a great opportunity for a lot of us to reconnect after 2 years of pandemic mostly in lockdown in Melbourne, and for many to return to face to face conference. Our new PhD student Lawton did an amazing job presenting his work on COVID-19 published in Nature Communications πŸ˜‰

IBS, EMBL, ESRF, Grenoble, France

This was the last stop of our “European tour” in Grenoble (France) where the ESRF (European synchrotron) is located, near the EMBL and IBS (institute for Structural Biology). It was a great opportunity to have a look at the latest technologies from those 3 institutes.

Biochemistry Institute, Franckfurt, Germany

We went to visit the institute, Chris and Steph gave a talk, then we talked about science all day with students and researchers, then we had some amazing dinner with our host.

Pasteur Institute, Paris, France

We were lucky to visit the institute with our collaborator, went to the roof top terrace of the institute (amazing view), and also got the chance to present our work on HIV and COVID-19.

ECM22, Versailles, France

An opportunity not to miss, a conference on crystallography in Versailles!!! what an amazing place to discover more about worldwide research and new hot topic in X-ray crystallography.

August 2022

Honours’ poster presentation

Great job from our 3 honours students presenting their work as posters like at a conference.

July 2022

WIMR conference, Davos, Switzerland

June 2022

LIMS Morning teas

The inaugural LIMS ‘cake and cuppa catch up’ getting started earlier this morning. On again next Thursday at 10.30am. All LIMS members encouraged to join in. BYO cuppa, we’ll bring the cake! Great to see so many coming for cakes, and if you have missed the delicious cakes today please come next week same day, same time & same place for more

QLD visit

In June it was the time to go to sunny Queensland and visits a few institutes (UQ, QIMR, TRI, IMB)

The TRI building is amazing with its own rainforest thanks for the warm welcome and great discussion. Thanks for inviting me Navarro Severine to present our work on COVID19 at QIMR Berghofer. It was great to meet so many people today, discover the amazing research done in Brisbane ! Thanks to Kirsty Short at UQ for showing me around and meeting some people at the IMB as well. looking forward to more collaborations

ASMR (Australian Society for Medical Research) dinner

Looking forward to tonight ASMR Victorian Gala that will take place at the arts centre in Melbourne and the presentation by ASMR medallist Prof Fiona Wood AM. Also looking forward catching up with colleagues.

LIMS deputy Director appointment

Such a great honour and pleasure to be appointed as LIMS deputy director alongside Brian Abbey.

May 2022

EFI conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Day of Immunology

we organise the Day of Immunology at LIMS to welcome the public into our Institutes and showcase our research. Such a great way to share our passion for science and hopefully inspire the next generation of medical researchers.

April 2022

Data collection

Ice Hockey game

We went and supported Lawton for his ice hockey game

IgV meeting

March 2022

Double birthday in the lab, and more reasons to celebrate with two PhD students finishing their lab work, doing their final PhD review and now time to write the thesis!

Cricket Final

We went and cheer for Dhilshan during his cricket game final πŸ˜‰ Yes his team won !!!!!

International Women Day 2022.

A special event to meet the La Trobe scholars making the connections between gender, social equity and climate change, highlighting actions and solutions that will help us build a more sustainable future.

February 2022

Lorne I&I conference

New year new school of agriculture, biomedicine and environment (SABE) at La Trobe University, so new colleagues and so much fun !!!!!

Lorne Proteins conference

Congrats to Chris who for voted the best poster with >800 likes on twitter!!! while posters are usually display with a classical design it was never the case for Chris’s posters, beautiful design, creative way of presenting amazing science Making Science Fun is the best way to communicate

Congrats to Andrea for her prize and Stephanie for her prize in the Sparrow Session


Happy New year and all the best for 2022 from the Gras Lab πŸ˜‰