Force-driven allostery in proteins

Allostery in proteins plays a significant role such as cell signalling or gene and enzyme regulations. Allostery is characterized by a signal propagation through single proteins or complexes. The signal is triggered by external forces or ligand binding and then propagated toward a distant site which could be several nanometers away. Experimental techniques usually fails…

How graphene sheets respond to force

Bogdan and Frauke have published two back-to-back articles (one together with the former member of the MBM group Dr. Ilona Baldus) studying the force and stress distribution in a sheet of graphene indented by an Atomic Force Microscopy tip until rupture. They developed a new potential to model the carbon-carbon bond breaking in a simple…

Pia Grzesiak – Journalist in Residence 2013

TV journalist Pia Grzesiak stayed at HITS as Journalist in Residence from April to July 2013. Already during her Biology studies at the University of Bonn, she worked on scientific topics for a big German public broadcasting institution. For over ten years now, she is working as a freelance science journalist. She is regularly writing…