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Publication in “Nature Structural & Molecular Biology”

HITS Researchers participate in a project that reveals the mechanism of molecular chaperones – Publication in Nature Structural & Molecular Biology Together with researchers from Heidelberg University and the German Cancer Research Center DKFZ, Rebecca Wade and Mykhaylo Berynskyy (MCM group) revealed the functional mechanism of molecular chaperones, repair systems for aggregated proteins. Protein aggregation…

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1.5 Million Grant for HITS Astrophysicist Volker Springel

Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) – 1.5 million Euros for research on dark matter and galaxy formation The astrophysicist Volker Springel is to receive a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). Volker Springel heads the Theoretical Astrophysics research group at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) and holds a…

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HITS Researcher Alexandros Stamatakis Appointed Professor in Karlsruhe

Dr. Alexandros Stamatakis, head of the Scientific Computing (SCO) research group at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS), has been appointed to a new W3 Chair in High Performance Computing in the Life Sciences (Department of Informatics) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). By creating this Chair, KIT intends to strengthen its competencies…

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HITS 2011: Spider Silk, Phylogenetic Trees and Black Holes

The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) Annual Report 2011 is out: Data-driven science – New insights into the structure of spider silk, the largest evolutionary tree of flowering plants, atomic-detail enzyme models for drug metabolism and simulations of cosmic structure formation The latest Annual Report 2011 provides insights into the research activities at HITS,…

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Black holes turn up the heat for the Universe

HITS astrophysicists discover a new heating source in cosmological structure formation So far, astrophysicists thought that super-massive black holes can only influence their immediate surroundings. A collaboration of scientists at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) and in Canada and the US now discovered that diffuse gas in the universe can absorb luminous gamma-ray…

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Breaking Test for Silk

HITS researchers analyze the properties of spider silk using computer simulations – different components provide resistance and high flexibility – article in „Biophysical Journal“ The Molecular Biomechanics research group (head: Dr. Frauke Gräter) of the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) explores how physical force interacts with molecular processes using computer based methods. One of…

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