Many alumni are now advancing their careers far away from Berlin. In August, the MDC visited some of them abroad. This premiere, titled “25 years of the MDC: Research highlights and career pathways,” took place in San Francisco.
“Ideally as a postdoc you should aim to publish as last as well as first author and gather experience writing grants,” says Professor Yves Muller. The crystallographer emphasises that postdocs wanting to become group leads need to enjoy independence and be ready to follow their own ideas.
Dr Irene Coin applies chemical knowledge to biological problems, revealing structural information about proteins. At the MDC Alumni Talks and Career Pathways lecture series she spoke about her work and described how human elements can be the secret to the best scientific relationships.
MDC alumnus and Professor Yasuyuki Fujita has good advice for budding scientists who want to establish their own group. In his research he investigates the interactions between cancer cells and their neighbouring cells, aiming to find a way to help healthy cells recognise tumour cells and kill them.
MDC Alumna Sonya Dumanis came to one of the MDC’s Career Talks to discuss and reflect on her experiences at the MDC, in and outside research.
Only a few years ago it was dismissed as impossible. Now it is the research subject of MDC alumnus Prof. Gerd Kempermann: the self-regenerating brain. Kempermann is studying the function of brain stem cells in the learning process and how and why an active life makes mice (and people) mentally fit.
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. […]
Nina Henriette Uhlenhaut really gets around. The well-traveled biotechnologist has worked in Braunschweig, Atlanta, Heidelberg, La Jolla, Berlin, and now Munich. During this time, Uhlenhaut’s research has also taken leaps and bounds, covering topics ranging from the molecular biology of plants to the regulation of genes that determine sex in mammals, to human hormone receptors. […]
You might not remember his name, but if you were at the MDC from 2007 to 2010 you’d surely recognize Tiago Jose da Silva Lopes. During that time the Brazilian student completed his PhD thesis on the topic of “Systems biology analysis of the iron metabolism”; on the side, he helped establish the Beer Hour. […]