New research platform to investigate key player in earth’s ecosystem
The University of Vienna has awarded €470.000 to an interdisciplinary research platform co-headed by Max Perutz Labs group leader Kristina Djinovic-Carugo, together with Michael Wagner and Holger Daims from the Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science at the University of Vienna. The platform will research the Comammox bacteria, an important component in the global ecosystem and especially in the planet’s nitrogen cycle.
New funding for stem cell research at Max Perutz Labs and the Vienna BioCenter
The Austrian Science Fund FWF has awarded a doc.funds grant totalling more than €1.7 million to a consortium of stem cell researchers at the Vienna BioCenter. The group involves scientists from the Max Perutz Labs and the Faculty of Life Sciences of the University of Vienna, the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA), and the Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP). The programme is coordinated by Max Perutz Labs group leader Florian Raible and will support the recruitment of nine PhD students to start projects in the field of stem cell research starting in fall 2019.
Renovating the house – how cells stay in good shape
Everyone owning a house knows it: to stay like new it needs cleaning and mending. Similarly cells constantly renovate and get rid of unwanted material in a process called autophagy in order to replace it with new parts. This ensures that the organism stays healthy over the years. Like a house renovation, different contractors are employed with repairs and getting rid of waste, and perfect communication is required between them. An international team of scientists from Berlin and Berkeley led by Sascha Martens from the Max Perutz Labs, a joint venture University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna now describe how this communication between two important factors takes place and thus ensures that autophagy correctly works in the cell.
ÖAW DOC Fellowship for Anete Romanauska
Congratulations to MFPL PhD student Anete Romanauska who has received the DOC Fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. She currently pursues her PhD studies in Alwin Köhler’s lab. The prestigious DOC Fellowship Programme offers funding for highly qualified doctoral candidates.
RNA helicase activity in the immune system: a matter of sex chromosomes
The proverbial differences between sexes are also found in many biological processes. Immune responses for example have for a long time been known to have distinct differences between males and females. Scientists from Thomas Decker’s group in collaboration with other research institutes now add another piece in the puzzle of sex related differences in immunity.
Roland Foisner elected foreign fellow of Czech Learned Society
Every year The Learned Society of Czech republic elects new members following nominations by its regular members. Currently there are 103 regular, 49 foreign members and 14 emeritus members in the Learned Society.
The biomechanics of vascular ageing
Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) lead to atherosclerosis and heart failure and are prevalent age-related illnesses in humans. In a new study, published in the renowned journal JCI, scientists from Roland Foisner’s group at the Max F. Perutz Laboratories of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna, together with scientists from the Ludwig Boltzmann Cluster for Cardiovascular Research at the Center for Biomedical Research, Medical University of Vienna and from the BOKU, Vienna describe the molecular mechanism behind CVD in the premature ageing disease Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS). The findings could also help understand normal ageing processes in the cardiovascular system.
University of Vienna and Medical University of Vienna extend successful collaboration with Max F. Perutz Laboratories
The University of Vienna and Medical University of Vienna are extending their successful collaboration with Max F. Perutz Laboratories. Rectors Heinz W. Engl from the University of Vienna and Markus Müller from MedUni Vienna signed an agreement to extend the Joint Venture until 2025.
ERC consolidator grant for Kristin Tessmar-Raible
Congratulations to MFPL group leader Kristin Tessmar-Raible, who has been awarded an “ERC Consolidator Grant” from the European Research Council. The grant will provide around two million Euros for a period of five years and is her second ERC grant.
Making sense of chromosomal chaos
When cells divide, chromosomes must be accurately segregated. Sometimes errors occur, leading to aneuploidy, a state where cells have an incorrect number of chromosomes. This chromosomal instability is in most cases harmful for cells, yet aneuploidy and high rates of errors in chromosome segregation are frequently observed in cancers, especially those that are resistant to treatment. How can cells adapt to and thrive in such a disadvantageous state?
Vienna RNA Meeting
The Vienna RNA Meeting 2018 took place 17-19 October at the Vienna Biocenter and was a big success - both in terms of the outstanding line-up of internationally renowned RNA expert as speakers, as well as the international echo of the meeting.
DNA “Zippers” – the role of proteins during cell division
Meiosis is an important cell division process found in sexually reproducing species. It requires a fine-tuned machinery that re-arranges and segregates chromosomes, a process supported by proteins. In a recent paper, Nicola Silva (a senior postdoc in Verena Jantsch’s Lab at the Max F. Perutz Laboratories of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna) provides new insight in the inner workings of this machinery, especially the role of the BRCA1-BARD1 protein complex (BCD complex). The project was supported by the INDICAR program of the University of Vienna.