Another year comes to an end and it is time to look back and celebrate achievements, acknowledge setbacks and appreciate living science. At our annual Christmas party, Ulrika asked the team for some of their personal highlights in 2019.

Niklas pointed towards last years publication of “Spatial maps of prostate cancer transcriptomes reveal an unexplored landscape of heterogeneity” and the follow-up work that is still ongoing, wondering “There is still so much to learn. Bringing it to a level of a technique for higher numbers of patients would be the ultimate achievement.”

Maurice talked about how scientists sometimes struggle in having a breakthrough experiment the very night before a seminar about the same topic. In August 2019, on a late Wednesday evening, Carlos, Varshni and Maurice reproduced an experiment, that finally confirmed a hypothesis made months before. The results were presented the next morning – There is a first time for everything.

With a year ending, December traditionally is the month of many grant decisions. The research groups of Assistant Professors Nina Gustafsson and Sean Rudd will be funded by Barncancerfonden; for two and three years respectively. Further, Simin Zhang receives funding from the Felix-Minus Foundation for Leukemia Research. As a whole the lab is happy about three years of funding from Sjöbergstiftelsen and a positive mid-term evaluation of the ERC grant TAROX. Congratulations, well done and deserved. And with two manuscripts just accepted before Christmas and several submitted, the year comes to a good end and promises a good start for 2020. Great work everyone!

Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year 2020.