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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]

Melina Schuh elected as new EMBO member

May 23, 2016
Melina Schuh has been elected as member to the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO). Annually, EMBO elects new members on the basis of scientific excellence and outstanding research contributions. Melina Schuh joins more than 1700 of the best researchers from Europe and around the world [more]

Peter Hegemann honored with this year's Karl Friedrich Bonhoeffer Award Lecture

May 09, 2016
This year's Karl Friedrich Bonhoeffer Award Lecture will be given by Peter Hegemann of the Humboldt-Universität Berlin. With the award lecture the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry honors Hegemann's scientific achievements in the field of optogenetics. He will present his talk on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at 2 pm in the Manfred Eigen Hall at the institute. [more]

Science up close - Zukunftstag at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry

April 26, 2016
April 28th, 2016 is this year's "Zukunftstag" – the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry is taking part again and offers an extensive program. On that day, about 80 pupils will take a look behind the scenes of the institute and test their abilities as researchers, programmers, or craftsmen. (in German) [more]

Patrick Cramer funded by European Research Council

April 15, 2016
Max Planck Director Patrick Cramer again successfully applied for a highly competitive ERC Advanced Grant: His work will be funded with 2.5 million Euros. Cramer's research focuses on how cells read the genetic informations stored in the genome and how this process is regulated. He wants to use the funding to transfer the knowledge he gained primarily in yeast to human cells. (in German) [more]

Melina Schuh receives BINDER Innovation Prize

March 18, 2016
Melina Schuh was awarded the 2016 BINDER Innovation Prize of the German Society for Cell Biology. The prize was given to the Max Planck Director for her findings on the development of mammalian eggs. Her research can help to better understand possible reasons for pregnancy loss and congenital diseases like Down's Syndrome. (in German) [more]
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