Issue 1 | 2022

22. March 2022

This year began with tremendously good news: Ganna Gryn’ova, head of the Computational Carbon Chemistry (CCC) group, was selected to receive a prestigious ERC Starting Grant of around 1.5 million euros from the European Research Council (ERC). The ERC grants reflect the high quality of our research. Researchers in six out of thirteen groups are now working with funding from an ERC grant or are involved as beneficiaries.

Researchers from the Computational Molecular Evolution (CME) group at HITS have been involved in building the digital infrastructure “Serratus”. It enables researchers to effectively search public sequence databases for biological viruses. So far, it has been used to identify more than 130,000 new RNA viruses – from corona viruses to relatives of the hepatitis D virus and bacteriophages. The results were published in the scientific journal “Nature”.

Finally, we present “SIMPLAIX”, a three-way-cooperation between HITS, the University of Heidelberg and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), supported by the Klaus Tschira Foundation. This research initiative combines multiscale simulation and machine learning. SIMPLAIX is coordinated by HITS researchers Rebecca Wade and Frauke Gräter.

About HITS

HITS, the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, was established in 2010 by physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural, mathematical, and computer sciences. Major research directions include complex simulations across scales, making sense of data, and enabling science via computational research. Application areas range from molecular biology to astrophysics. An essential characteristic of the Institute is interdisciplinarity, implemented in numerous cross-group and cross-disciplinary projects. The base funding of HITS is provided by the Klaus Tschira Foundation.

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