Alwin Köhler promoted to Full Professor
Congratulations to Alwin Köhler, who recently became Professor of Mechanistic Cell Biology at the Medical University of Vienna.
Signaling in bacteria: How the cell envelope controls gene expression in bacteria
Bacteria need to be able to quickly adapt to changing environments – this is an absolute requirement for their survival. Adaptation often includes changes in the cell envelope, which protects the bacteria from their oftentimes hostile environment as it provides a barrier for harmful compounds including many antibiotics.
FWF standalone grant for Martin Leeb
MFPL group Leader Martin Leeb has been awarded a standalone grant by the FWF for his new project “Regulation of ES cell differentiation by NMD”. The grant will help the Leeb group’s effort to advance the understanding of the molecular underpinnings of early embryonic cell fate decisions via a process called differentiation.
Spotlight on the Dark Side of the Nucleus
The cell nucleus is a fascinating organelle, in which an organism’s DNA is protected, decoded and duplicated. The nucleus is surrounded by not one, but two membrane sheets: the outer and the inner nuclear membrane. These two membranes connect with each other at membrane openings occupied by nuclear pores. The outer nuclear membrane also connects to the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), an extended membrane network in the cytoplasm.
The Vienna Doctoral School (VDS) “Molecules of Life” retreat 2018
The third “Molecules of Life” retreat took place in Traunkirchen, Austria, continuing and strengthening the tradition of choosing locations next to Europe’s most beautiful lakes. The VDS’s mission of promoting research across many disciplines was reflected in the attendance of over 100 PhD students, postdocs and group leaders in disciplines ranging from Life Sciences, to Chemistry and Molecular Biology.
A system of check and balances in the blood
How Hematopoietic Stem Cells manage to switch between activation and dormancy
ERC Proof of Concept Grant for MFPL researcher Bojan Zagrovic
MFPL group leader Bojan Zagrovic (University of Vienna) is awarded a prestigious ERC Proof of Concept (PoC) Grant. The PoC, endowed with EUR 150.000, will support the work towards a potential commercial application based on findings from Bojan’s previously received ERC Starting Grant.
Tanja Kaufmann receives DOC Fellowship from the Austrian Academy of Sciences
We congratulate MFPL PhD student Tanja Kaufmann to securing a DOC Fellowship from the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OEAW). The fellowship will support Tanja’s research for the next three years.
Chromosomes in motion: what’s lamin got to do with it?
Meiosis is a specialized form of cell division, which occurs in all sexually reproducing organisms including animals, plants and fungi. During this process, different chromosomes exchange parts in an event called “crossing over”, leading to a new mix of maternal and paternal genomes. Additionally, the number of chromosomes is reduced by half. The resulting cells are called gametes, such as sperm or oocytes.
228.000 visitors at the Long Night of Research 2018
On April 13th, the latest edition of Austria’s largest science outreach event “Long Night of Research” took place all over the country. More than 220.000 visitors of all ages seized the opportunity to visit 265 different locations, learn more about the exciting and diverse world of research in Austria – and also broke the visitor record set two years ago.
MFPL involved in the new interdisciplinary Comammox research platform
MFPL scientist and head of the Department of Structural and Computational Biology Kristina Djinovic-Carugo, together with Michael Wagner (Head of the Research Network Chemistry Meets Microbiology and the Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science), Holger Daims (group leader at the Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science), and Andreas Richter (Head of the Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit at the Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science) received funding of €470.000 from the University of Vienna for their new interdisciplinary research platform focussing on comammox bacteria.
ERC Starting Grant for physicist Thomas Juffmann
Thomas Juffmann is awarded a renowned ERC Starting Grant of the European Research Council, which funds ground-breaking basic research. The funding of €1.5 million enables Juffmann to develop new microscopy methods at the interface of physics and biology. Dr. Juffmann, a member of the University Physics department, will now establish his research group at MFPL to foster interdisciplinarity and innovative collaborations.