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HITS scientists Musa Özboyaci and Prof. Rebecca Wade (MCM group) have performed calculations that help to understand the process of cell division in yeast. In a multidisciplinary study conducted together with researchers at the Center for Molecular Biology of Heidelberg University (ZMBH) and at Frankfurt University, the team led by Prof. Elmar Schiebel (ZMBH) revealed…

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How Human Cells Can Dissolve Damaging Protein Aggregates

Heidelberg researchers decode fundamental mechanism using in-vitro experiments Cellular repair systems can dissolve aggregated proteins and now Heidelberg researchers have successfully decoded the fundamental mechanism that is key to dissolving these protein aggregates in human cells. Their in-vitro experiments uncovered a multi-stage biochemical process in which protein molecules are dissolved from the aggregates. Researchers at…

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International Summer Science School 2015 at HITS

Once again HITS welcomes two students in the framework of the International Summer Science School Heidelberg (ISH). The project allows young people from Heidelberg’s sister cities and partner organizations who are interested in natural sciences to get a practical insight into the laboratories of renowned research institutes here in Heidelberg. This year’s students that get…

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How Complex Problems Become Simple

Mathematician Anna Wienhard is the new Research Group Leader at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). In addition to her professorship at the University of Heidelberg, she will build up the associated group “Groups and Geometry” at HITS. For her research achievements, Prof. Wienhard has received the ERC’s “Consolidator Grant.” Mathematics has always played…

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SCO Scientists: “Best Lecture” at KIT Computer Science

For their lecture “Introduction to Bioinformatics for Computer Scientists”, SCO group members Alexandros Stamatakis, Andre Aberer, Tomas Flouri, Alexey Kozlov, Kassian Kobert, and their visiting scientist Mark Holder (University of Kansas) have been awarded for “the best master’s level lecture in computer science” at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The award was presented during the…

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ERC President at HITS

Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of the European Research Council since 2013, visited Heidelberg and met with ERC Grant winners at HITS. HITS Managing Director Andreas Reuter and Scientific Director Rebecca Wade had invited the French mathematician. He talked with HITS researchers Tilmann Gneiting (ERC Advanced Grant), Volker Springel (ERC Starting Grant), Christoph Pfrommer (ERC Consolidator…

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Research that gets under the skin: HITS involved in new DFG Program

A new Priority Program of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) focuses on our biggest organ – the skin. The program is titled “Epithelial intercellular junctions” and aims at examining these junctions. Prof. Thomas Magin from the Translational Centre for Regenerative Medicine (TRM) and Biology department of Leipzig University coordinates the program. Epithelial cells…

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HITS: Call for „Journalist in Residence“ 2016

Are you an experienced science journalist? Would you like a change of scenery, and the chance to get away from your day-to-day routine? The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) “Journalist in Residence” program offers the possibility to spend three to six months among bright scientific minds, allowing you to gain a deeper insight into…

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New Standards in Biotechnology

A new working group for data processing and integration in biotechnology has been set up by the International Organization for Standardization, ISO. The working group aims to define consistent standards for the formatting, transfer and integration of life science data and models. The working group will be led by Martin Golebiewski, a biochemist at the…

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