Cells have to pack their genetic material into the tiny nucleus. This creates spatial interactions between genes and their switches, which can affect human health and disease. A new technique ‘maps’ this three-dimensional geography of the genome.
Pupils participating in the MINT Excellence Academy in “Systems Biology” visited the MDC this week. Twenty pupils have catched a glimpse of how researchers combine laboratory and computational science.
Scientists of the International Human Epigenome Consortium released a collection of 41 publications in high-impact journals. MDC group leader Prof. Nikolaus Rajewsky contributed as a researcher and member of the German Epigenome Program.
Dr. Roland F. Schwarz of the MDC conducts research on tumors using bioinformatics. He has just been awarded the Prize of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW), donated by the Monika Kutzner Foundation for the Advancement of Cancer Research, for his outstanding work.
Bioinformatician Roland Schwarz has been lead investigator of the new BIMSB junior research group on “Evolutionary and Cancer Genomics” since October 2016. Schwarz wants his work, particularly in the area of cancer research, to contribute towards ensuring that diseases are diagnosed earlier and treated more effectively.
An ERC double for the MDC: Dr. Jan Philipp Junker and Dr. Gaetano Gargiulo have each been awarded an ERC Starting Grant worth €1.5 million. Junker will be studying cellular processes in the heart of the zebrafish, while Gargiulo will conduct research into glioblastoma, the most common form of brain tumor in humans.
Dr. Sascha Sauer has been at the helm of the scientific Genomics platform at the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB) since August 2016. Among other initiatives, Sauer plans to further develop methods for single-cell analysis and make them available for collaborative projects, as well as overseeing various independent research projects, including in the […]
The same regulatory mechanisms are active in the stem cells of flatworms and humans: The RNA is processed in a similar manner in the cells of both organisms. These mechanisms seem to be at work throughout the whole animal kingdom. Scientists from the MDC showed this in a genome-wide study on flatworms.
This year’s ARCHES prize goes to systems biologist Jan Philipp Junker of the MDC and Erez Levanon of Bar-Ilan University in Israel. The award, conferred on June 14, 2016, will support a research alliance that will allow certain changes in gene transcripts to be presented in high spatial resolution for the very first time.
On 25 May 2016, guests and employees of the MDC and the BIMSB celebrated the start and the progress of construction on the future BIMSB building on Humboldt-Universität’s Campus Nord in Berlin-Mitte.