Archives for January 2016

Ischemic renal failure and organ damage: a new mouse model holds the key

Every year acute renal failure affects over 13 million people and leads to 1.7 million deaths across the globe.It often develops when an insufficient supply of oxygen reaches the kidneys, a condition called ischemia. Working with their colleagues from the MDC, the Charité and FMP in Berlin and Hannover Medical School, Dr Lajos Markó and […]

Sometimes, you have to see it…

Bettina Purfürst has seen it all. That’s an exaggeration, of course, but she has certainly seen more, and at higher resolution, than most scientists. Bettina runs the MDC’s electron microscopes as head of a unit that became the institute’s first core facility back in 2000. Her history with the campus goes back farther to 1988, […]

Alf Wachsmann gets DDN Pioneer Award

Dr Alf Wachsmann, Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in the Helmholtz Association, was awarded the „DDN Pioneer Award 2015“. With this prize, the US-based company DDN distinguishes individuals, groups, or institutions „who are embracing leading-edge high performance computing technologies to shatter long-standing technical limits and to accelerate […]

Getting into shape

Tom Rapoport, speaker of the second MDC lecture, dedicated his career to the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). The ER is the cell compartment, or organelle, which is the entry site into the secretory pathway. There, secretory proteins and constituents of the secretory pathway are produced, folded, packaged and addressed for prompt delivery to their final destinations. […]