Laura D. Gallego Valle awarded L’Oreal Austria Fellowship
We congratulate Laura, PhD student in Alwin Köhler’s lab at the MFPL, to her most recent stipend: The L’Oreal Austria Fellowship. This fellowship will support Laura during the last year of her PhD.
The second Vienna Doctoral School (VDS) “Molecules of Life” retreat
After a first successful year of “Molecules of Life”, the second retreat was held in Sopron, Hungary. About 80 PhD students, postdocs and group leaders from institutes across Vienna were among the attendees. The VDS’s main philosophy of promoting interdisciplinary research was reflected in the presence of both students and group leaders from different disciplines, enjoying the opportunity to meet and network at the second retreat.
Raffaela Torggler awarded DOC Fellowship from the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OEAW)
We congratulate Raffaela, PhD student in the Kraft lab at MFPL, to the OEAW DOC Fellowship supporting her PhD project. Raffaela is working on a process called autophagy, the cell’s own waste disposal system. Autophagy protects the cells by degrading harmful cytoplasmic components. When autophagy is defective, these elements accumulate in the cell and can cause human diseases such as cancer or neurodegenerative disorders. Autophagy is not only an important degradation process, but it also allows cells to recycle the building blocks of the degraded material. This is especially crucial to survive periods of starvation.
New mechanism of transcription regulation in bacteria found by Schroeder lab
A new layer of transcription regulation in bacteria has been discovered by the Schroeder group at the MFPL/University of Vienna, in collaboration with the laboratory of Evgeny Nudler at the New York University School of Medicine. Their results are published in the journal Molecular Cell.
MFPL group leader Claudine Kraft is awarded prestigious START grant from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
One of the most meaningful awards for young researchers in Austria, the START grant will support her research, in recognition to her future potential and past achievements. The funding amounts to a minimum of EUR 800.000, up to EUR 1.2 Million over the course of six years. Dr. Kraft was one of six awardees this year, out of 88 submissions. A Swiss native, she joined the MFPL as a group leader in 2011, after completing her postdoctoral studies at ETH Zürich.
New Christian Doppler Laboratory at the University of Vienna/MFPL
Led by highly qualified scientists, the research groups in Christian Doppler (CD) Laboratories work on application-oriented basic research. They search for innovative answers to current research questions in close coordination with industrial partners. As a consequence, the Christian Doppler Research Association is internationally considered as best practice example. The new laboratory, which is supported by funding from the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW), is concerned with knowledge-based structural biology and biotechnology and will develop foundations that might lead to new therapeutic methods for diseases like Alzheimer’s and cancer.
A successful "Ubiquitin and Friends" symposium at the Josephinum in Vienna
“The early bird catches the worm.” This was the thought on our minds at 9 a.m. on a rainy Saturday on the 13th of May when members of the Vienna BioCenter convened in Vienna’s 9thdistrict to discuss exciting new research in a historical and scientific setting.
€1.1 million worth of FWF grants for three MFPL researchers
The MFPL group leaders Sascha Martens, Gijs Versteeg and Peter Fuchs succeeded in securing a total of 1.1 million euros of funding from the FWF – all three of them during the same board meeting.
“They won’t be back”: Setting the timer for neutrophil termination
Correct timing and balance of the immune response is key for fighting off infections yet preventing extensive damage to our own body. Thus, a constant challenge for our immune system is adjusting offense to achieve defense against pathogens. The lifespan of immune cells plays a central role in the adjustment of the immune response.
A new tool to decipher evolutionary biology
A new bioinformatics tool to compare genome data has been developed by teams from the Max F. Perutz Laboratories, a joint venture of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna, together with researchers from Australia and Canada. The program called “ModelFinder” uses a fast algorithm and allows previously not attainable new insights into evolution. The results are published in the influential journal Nature Methods.
Start of the new doctoral program "Signaling Mechanisms in Cellular Homeostasis"
The FWF has granted a group of 14 scientists around MFPL group leader Manuela Baccarini the establishment of the new doctoral program “Signaling Mechanisms in Cellular Homeostasis (SMICH)”.
FWF grant awarded to MFPL group leader Gijs Versteeg
Gijs Versteeg, group leader at the MFPL, was awarded an FWF standalone grant to support his project entitled “Inhibition of macrophage activation by TRIM47”. The research efforts of the Versteeg group focus on the immune system and its regulatory mechanisms during infections.