The aim of this meeting on February 25th, 2022, is to initiate a scientific dialogue, exchange of know-how about new technologies, and open opportunities for collaboration between groups and institutes around Vienna.
Congratulations to Anete Romanauska who has been awarded the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists in the category “Cell and Molecular Biology”. The international award was created by Science magazine/AAAS and the Swedish research center SciLifeLab with the goal to recognize excellent PhD theses in the life sciences. As part of her prize, Anete has published an essay in Science about her contributions to our understanding of the lipid metabolism of the nuclear envelope.
Congratulations to Karl Kuchler and Thomas Leonard who have been appointed Professors in the subject field of Molecular Biology by the Medical University of Vienna, and Thomas Juffmann who has been promoted to Associate Professor at the University of Vienna.
Rare diseases are usually caused by a single genetic defect. Nevertheless, the search for the cause and the assessment of the effects is highly complex and difficult. Jörg Menche’s Lab has now developed a multiplex network that maps all genes and their interactions on multiple levels of biological organization. Their study, published in Nature Communications, could help scientists better diagnose the causative genetic defects in disease, as well as understand the underlying mechanisms.
Yeast homologue of the PHD finger protein 3 (PHF3) is known to be involved in transcription regulation, but its exact function in mammalian cells has remained unclear. New work from the lab of Dea Slade now shows that PHF3 regulates RNA polymerase II through a specialized domain called SPOC. Their study, published in Nature Communications, identifies PHF3 as a regulator of both transcription and mRNA stability during neuronal differentiation. The work is a collaboration between the Slade Lab, scientists from the Vienna BioCenter, the Institute of Science and Technology (IST, Austria), the Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC, Czech Republic) and the Max Delbrück Center (Germany).
The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) has awarded individual project grants to Manuela Baccarini, Boris Görke and Robert Konrat. The funding amounts to a total of 1.3 million Euros and will support research on the ERK signaling pathway, bacterial envelope stress responses, and intrinsically disordered proteins.
Andrea Barta has been leading the doctoral program (DK) “RNA Biology” since its inception in 2007. Over the years, the doctoral school has trained dozens of PhD students with a focus on RNA research. On the occasion of the closing conference, we talked to her about the scientific highlights of the program, the importance of thematically structured PhD education, and why the big picture matters as much as the little details.