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Research News and Awards

Press Releases

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EMBO Gold Medal for Melina Schuh

May 16, 2018
With this prize, the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) honors the Director at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry for her ground-breaking work on meiosis in mammalian eggs. The award ceremony will take place during the annual ASCB/EMBO meeting in December 2018 in San Diego, California (United States). (in German) [more]
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International conference on the molecular basis of hearing in Göttingen

May 15, 2018
The 11th Molecular Biology of Hearing and Deafness symposium takes place from May 16 to 19 in Göttingen und thus, for the first time in Germany: International experts exchange latest findings on the molecular biology of hearing. (Press release in German) [more]
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Peter Schuster to give first Manfred Eigen Award Lecture

May 02, 2018
The MPI for Biophysical Chemistry honors Peter Schuster with the newly established Manfred Eigen Award. The physico-chemist will give a lecture at the award presentation entitled "Bridging from Chemistry to Life Sciences – Evolution seen with the Glasses of a Physicist" on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at 3 pm. [more]
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Jens Frahm nominated for the European Inventor Award 2018

April 24, 2018
The European Patent Office has nominated Jens Frahm of the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry as one of the three finalists in the category research. The prize, awarded in five categories altogether, honors individual inventors and teams who have helped find technical answers to the most pressing challenges of our time. The winner will be elected in Paris on June 7, 2018. [more]
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Lab and workshop instead of school

April 23, 2018
On April 26, about 65 students will come to the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry to participate in the "Future Day for Girls and Boys" (Zukunftstag für Mädchen und Jungen). On this day, the students will visit the various departments, facilities, and workshops of the institute to gain first experiences working as animal keeper, artisan, computer scientist, or researcher. (in German) [more]
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Like a wedge in a hinge

April 13, 2018
In the fight against cancer, scientists are developing new drugs to hit tumor cells at so far unused weak points. Such a “sore spot” is the protein complex SF3B. Max Planck researchers have now succeeded for the first time in deciphering in atomic detail how an anti-tumor agent binds to SF3B and how it modulates its function. The new findings provide an important basis for further improving potential cancer drugs that target SF3B. [more]
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ERC advanced grants for Marina Rodnina, Reinhard Jahn, and Markus Zweckstetter

April 06, 2018
In the fierce competition for European funding, scientists of the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry were successful again: Marina Rodnina, Reinhard Jahn, and Markus Zweckstetter each receive an ERC Advanced Grant worth around 2.5 million euros. With this funding, the EU honors top researchers who have already achieved scientific breakthroughs and would like to tackle a new, promising project in their field. (in German) [more]
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Melina Schuh receives Colworth Medal 2019

April 04, 2018
The Biochemical Society awards Melina Schuh, Director at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, the Colworth Medal 2019 for outstanding research on how fertilizable egg cells develop. (in German) [more]
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Hauke Hillen honored for outstanding PhD thesis

March 28, 2018
The German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology awarded Hauke Hillen, researcher at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, with this year's Bayer Pharmaceuticals PhD Prize. The biochemist receives the award for his work on the regulation of a molecular machine that activates the genes in the power plants of living cells. (in German) [more]
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Heiner Bauschert and the painterly woodcut.
A 90th birthday retrospective

March 27, 2018
The exhibition "Heiner Bauschert and the painterly woodcut" will be opened on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 4 pm at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry. Ulrich Nauber will introduce Heiner Bauschert's work. Thomas Bauschert, a son of the artist, contributes personal memories and plays pieces on the guitar. The Bauschert retrospective is open from 7 April to 1 May, admission is free of charge. (in German) [more]
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Crisp images of cold cells

March 26, 2018
A research team headed by Thomas Burg of the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry have developed a new immersion objective which enables the observation of cryo-fixed cells with light microscopy. The results will be of great value for correlative light and electron microscopy and for pushing the limits of superresolution light microscopy at cryogenic temperature. [more]
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Sir Bernard Katz Award for Manfred Lindau

February 19, 2018
Manfred Lindau, research group leader at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, received this year's Sir Bernard Katz Award of the American Biophysical Society for his outstanding contributions in the field of signal transduction in neurons. The award ceremony took place on February 17, 2018, in San Francisco, USA. (in German) [more]
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