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New insights into the regulation of haemostasis

German Scientists investigate the structure of the von Willebrand factor (VWF), a key protein involved in blood clotting. HITS researchers from the Molecular Biomechanics group simulated the dynamics of the platelet integrin-binding VWF C4 domain to better understand disease mutations of this protein. The project was supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

Welcome Kevin!

A warm welcome to Kevin who is visiting the group with a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He previously held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Materials Science and Engineering Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland and in August he will be starting a tenure-track position in…

Welcome Odysseas!

A warm welcome to Odysseas who has recently joined MBM group as a Bachelor student.

Odysseas grew up in Athens, Greece. He is currently a Bachelor’s student of Biochemistry at the University of Heidelberg. He will investigate sequence determinants of the variable mechanical stability of different spectrin repeat domains under longitudinal shear forces. Welcome!

Protein analysis: Less is more

CONAN to the rescue! The new software-package for molecular dynamic simulations compresses 3D data to contact maps and helps to analyze protein structures. The tool CONAN (CONtact ANalysis), developed at HITS, has now been presented in the latest issue of „Biophysical Journal“.

Welcome Isabel!

A warm welcome to Isabel who has recently joined MBM group as a PhD student. Isabel did her master studies in Molecular Biosciences at the University of Heidelberg. In her master thesis with Prof. Dr. Michael Knop she studied protein-protein interactions in the yeast HOG-pathway with fluorescence cross-correlation spectroscopy. In her PhD at the MBM…

Welcome Frieda!

A warm welcome to Frieda that has just joined MBM group as a master student.

Frieda is a Molecular Biotechnology master student at the University of Heidelberg.

She will study the formation of the cartwheel structure of Sas 6 and its role in centriole assembly using MD simulations.

Welcome Benedikt!

A warm welcome to Benedikt that has just joined MBM group as a master student. Benedikt is a master student of Physics at the University of Heidelberg. He has completed his Bachelor Studies in Heidelberg as well, focusing on Theoretical Biophysics under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schwarz. During his Bachelor Studies, he has also…

Noisy cell membranes

Rapid information transfer is vital for the inner workings of body tissues. With computer simulations, researchers from Colombia and Germany found that mechanical pulses travel through membranes for biologically relevant distances at the speed of sound. The researchers think that membranes could serve as a tin can telephone for the cell.

Frauke has been elected member of the PRACE Scientific Steering Committee!

Frauke has been elected member of the PRACE Scientific Steering Committee. The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) is an international non-profit association with its seat in Brussels. The PRACE Research Infrastructure provides a persistent world-class high performance computing service for scientists and researchers from academia and industry in Europe. The computer systems and…