After the summer break, the MDC welcomes new scientists in leading positions: Darío Lupíañez is a junior group leader at the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB) and Philipp Mertins is the new head of the Proteomics Platform of MDC and BIH.
“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.
Some proteins behave in an unusual way: the older they become, the more stable they are. A research team at the MDC has now published this surprising finding in the journal Cell. Their work has traced the life cycle of thousands of proteins from synthesis to disposal. The results are relevant for diseases where there are surplus copies of certain genes.