Archives for 2014

Children’s home receives pile of gifts

The pile of presents is enormous, but the smiles on the children’s faces will be even bigger. The recipients are residents at Elisabethstift in Pankow – one of Berlin’s longest-running children’s homes – and the presents are being provided by members of Oliver Daumke’s and two other working groups. The idea behind the initiative came […]

Penguin alert

Was it an infestation by an exogenous species? Had a lab at the MDC adopted a new model organism? Or had global warming caused an ice shelf to break off Antarctica, travel north to Germany, and deposit its fauna here? There had to be some explanation for the penguins that began appearing in the hallways […]

Grants and Awards for MDC researchers

Congratulations to Michela Di Virgilio, Baris Tursun, and Jane Holland, all of whom have just won prestigious grants or prizes. Michela, who joined the MDC just three months ago, won an ERC Starting Grant worth 1.9 million Euros and one half of the „Female Independency Award“ from the Berlin School of Integrative Oncology (BSIO). The […]

Season’s greetings from the Campus Glühweinstand

The Campus Buch Glühweinstand is back – now entering its 5th Advent season, raising money for Berlin Mitte shelter for homeless young people, Klik Kontaktladen. From early days as a rather improvised experiment in a Bürocontainer in 2010, the Glühweinstand has now become a much loved cornerstone of winter tradition on the campus. The little […]

Complete RNAi knockdowns of the human or mouse genome – and much more

The Small Molecule Screening Unit established by the MDC and FMP now has the capacity to carry out screens to knock down every human or mouse gene using small interfering RNAs. This is an extremely powerful method of discovering new components of biological systems or revealing the impact of particular molecules on cellular processes or […]

BIMSB construction site handed over

What seems to be only a small step in a construction project marks a giant leap for the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB): The piece of land for the new 7-story building for the BIMSB on the central historical campus of the Humboldt University was handed over to the MDC officially on Monday, […]