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Klaus Weber, former Director at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, has died

August 13, 2016
It is with deep sadness that the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry announces the death of its Emeritus Director Klaus Weber. The internationally renowned scientist died on August 8th, 2016 aged 80 years. (in German) [more]

Watching molecular machines at work

August 11, 2016
An international team of scientists from Austria, Germany, and the United States has combined newly developed techniques in electron microscopy and protein assembly to elucidate how cells regulate one of the most important steps in cell division. [more]

Every atom counts

August 05, 2016
A team of researchers from Göttingen and Hamburg have now succeeded in determining the 3D structure of the human proteasome – the cell's garbage disposal – in unprecedented detail and have deciphered the mechanism by which inhibitors block the proteasome. Their results will pave the way to develop more effective proteasome inhibitors for therapy of cancers such as multiple myeloma. [more]

Patrick Cramer receives Centenary Award 2016

August 02, 2016
Patrick Cramer, Director at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, receives this year's Centenary Award of the British Biochemical Society. The Society thereby honors the biochemist's cutting-edge work about an elementary process of life – the transcription of genes. The awardee received the prize on August 1st in Macclesfield (UK). It is endowed with a medal and 3000 British Pounds. (in German) [more]

Just like grandpa - a single mutation is sufficient to rewrite rules of inheritance

August 01, 2016
As researchers of the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry have found out, an increase in the amount of a single protein in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans leads to non-Mendelian inheritance. Their results help to better understand how our genes are regulated and could provide important impulses for new breeding methods. (in German) [more]

Victor P. Whittaker, former Director at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, has died at age 97

July 22, 2016
It is with deep sadness that the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry announces the death of its Emeritus Director Victor P. Whittaker. The neurochemist died on July 5th, 2016 aged 97 years in Cambridge (UK). (in German) [more]

KMRS Prize 2016 for Christian Griesinger

July 20, 2016
Christian Griesinger of the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry receives this year's KMRS Prize. With this award, the Korean Society of Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (KMRS) recognizes the chemist's outstanding research in the field of nuclear magnetic resonance-based structural biology and his dedication for the Korean Research Foundation. (In German) [more]

Messaging by flow in the brain

July 08, 2016
Max Planck researchers visualize cilia-based networks in the brain, which could transport vital messenger substances to where they are needed. Through synchronized beating movements, they create a complex network of dynamic flows that act like conveyor belts transporting molecular “freight”. [more]

Herbert Jäckle has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the Unversity of Konstanz

July 07, 2016
With the honorary doctorate, the University of Konstanz recognizes Herbet Jäckle's outstanding contributions in the field of developmental biology and his strong engagement in the cooperation between the University and the Max Planck Society. (in German) [more]

Otto Hahn Medal for Beyenech Binotti and Clemens Plaschka

June 15, 2016
Beyenech Binotti and Clemens Plaschka, scientists at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, received the prestigious Otto Hahn Medal. With this award the Max Planck Society honors their outstanding achievements during their PhD. [more]

Reading between the genes

June 03, 2016
Genes make up only two percent of our DNA – but the DNA regions between the genes also fulfil vital functions. However, these so-called regulatory DNA regions were hard to find until now. Scientists around Patrick Cramer at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen und Julien Gagneur at the TU Munich have developed a new method to find regulatory DNA regions which are active. [more]

Göttingen PhD students organize Symposium Neurizons 2016 – 15th anniversary of the European Neuroscience Institute

May 26, 2016
More than 250 young scientists and scholars from all over the world will meet from May 30 to June 3, 2016 in Göttingen for the interdisciplinary symposium Neurizons 2016. On May 31, the 15th anniversary of the European Neuroscience Institute Göttingen will be celebrated with a one-day anniversary symposium.Both events will take place at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry. [more]
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