Brian Luke awarded a Heisenberg Professorship
Brian Luke has been awarded a prestigious Heisenberg Professorship from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation). Brian Luke is now jointly appointed as Professor at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and Adjunct Director at the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB), where he will continue to investigate the structure and function of telomeres. Read more about it in the press release here.
RNA modification important for brain function
Researchers at the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) and Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU) in Mainz have shown that a new way of regulating genes is vital for the activity of the nervous system. They found that this form of regulation, a chemical modification on RNA called m6A, is also important in influencing whether flies become male or female. This study clearly shows that RNA modifications play an important role. Read more about it in the press release here, in English or German.
Peter Baumann awarded Humboldt professorship
Peter Baumann has been awarded the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt professorship, which will be realised through a joint appointment at Mainz University’s Faculty of Biology and as an Adjunct Director at IMB. Prof. Baumann is a leading specialist in the field of chromosome biology, genome stability and the regulation of telomerase, as well as other molecular cell-ageing processes. He is currentlyan Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Stowers Institute for Medical Research and a Professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center. For more information, read the press release in German here and English here, and from the Alexander von Humboldt foundation (German and English).
Christof Niehrs member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Professor Christof Niehrs, IMB's Founding Director, has been elected to the Academy as a Foreign Honorary Member. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences—one of the oldest and most prestigious honorary learned societies in the world—has elected IMB’s Founding Director Professor Christof Niehrs as a Foreign Honorary Member. Read more about the award and Christof Niehrs in the full press release in English or German.
Brian Luke receives Walther Flemming Award
IMB Group Leader Brian Luke has been awarded the German Society for Cell Biology's Walther Flemming Award. The Award is given to outstanding young researchers for scientific merit in cell biology. It is sponsored by the European Journal of Cell Biology and is accompanied by prize money of EUR 2,000. Dr Luke and his group use cutting-edge techniques to study telomere biology in the context of normal cell growth, ageing and cancer. Read the full press release here.