Hamburg, 6 December 2019 Understanding a key player in melanoma A new paper describes the mechanism that the transcription factor MITF, a key member of the MIT/TFE family, uses for selecting its partners. It is the result of a collaboration between the groups of Matthias Wilmanns, Head of EMBL Hamburg, and Eiríkur Steingrímsson from the University of Iceland, Reykjavík, and new chair of the EMBL Council. MITF plays a key role in the development of Melanoma. Understanding its function could be key for treating this disease.
Heidelberg, 2 December 2019 EMBL and Leica sign open innovation collaboration agreement EMBL often cooperates with industry partners, and has cooperated successfully with Leica for many years. Based on this strong partnership, Leica is among the companies supporting the upcoming EMBL Imaging Centre, which is currently under construction at the EMBL campus in Heidelberg, Germany.
Grenoble, Heidelberg, Rome, 29 November 2019 Neural pathways Making sense of the human experience has long been a quest of philosophers and scientists. How do we perceive the world around us? Why do we behave in a certain way in response to a stimulus? How do our neurons organise themselves into circuits and networks to keep our internal supercomputers running at maximum efficiency – and what happens when a bug gets into the operating system? These questions are typical of the conundrums exercising the minds of neurobiologists at EMBL. Here we explore the diverse routes by which EMBL scientists are driving forward neurobiology.
Heidelberg, 25 November 2019 Careers after EMBL There is a large spectrum of career opportunities for PhD graduates, and quite a few of them continue their career outside the classic academic pathway. Monitoring carried out by EMBL’s PhD Programme shows that, although EMBL is an academic institute, a number of students choose not to continue working in academia after earning their degree. Matija Grgurinovic, Graduate Recruitment and Operations Manager in EMBL’s International PhD Programme, wrote a master's thesis exploring the role of the inner drives that influence the career decisions of PhD students in their final year,
General, 20 November 2019 Marking 40 years of the Szilárd Library It's 40 years since the inauguration of the Szilárd Library at EMBL. There have been many changes in that time, including the shift to digital access to resources, and ongoing developments in providing open access to scholarly publications. In conversation with senior librarian Ioanna Ydraiou, we look at the library's past, and consider what the future might hold.
Heidelberg, 18 November 2019 Photo-micropatterning advances structural cell biology Scientists in the Mahamid group, together with the Théry lab at CytomorphoLab, France, have developed a new technique that allows spatially controlled cell adhesion and the manipulation of cell shapes on cryo-electron microscopy grids. The photo-micropatterning technique – hailed as an important advance by the research community – is presented in a paper published in Nature Methods on 18 November.
Heidelberg, 15 November 2019 ATTRACT: funding innovation in imaging technology In the first phase of ATTRACT funding, 170 projects – selected from over 1200 proposals – were awarded seed grants of €100,000 each. EMBL is a collaborator in four of the funded projects, and two of these are being led by EMBL researchers. They have one year to prove the scientific merit and innovation potential of their technologies, before presenting their results at a conference in Brussels in autumn 2020. An independent committee will then decide which of the projects will receive additional funding under ATTRACT Phase 2. The clock is ticking.
Heidelberg, 14 November 2019 New perspectives on nuclear pores Two research groups at EMBL have recently published new studies involving the NPC, addressing very different questions. The Beck group has uncovered a previously unknown formation process for the NPC, while the Ries group describes its use as a reference standard for super-resolution microscopy.
Heidelberg, 7 November 2019 Integrating imaging research across Europe The European Commission has officially established Euro-BioImaging – which provides life scientists with open access to a broad range of technologies and resources in biological and biomedical imaging – as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC). Since Euro-BioImaging was initiated at EMBL in 2007, this adds yet another remarkable achievement to EMBL’s mission of integrating European life sciences.