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Dr. Eva Nowack receives the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize 2018

Eva Nowack will receive the most important award for early career researchers in Germany for her research about evolution of eukaryotic cell organelles.

Dr. Eva Nowack Foto: Ellen B. Reitz

Dr. Eva Nowack will be awarded with the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize 2018 for her outstanding achievements in the field of organelle evolution in eukaryotic cells. Especially her publications proving independent parallel development of photosynthetic organelles in the evolution of eukaryotic organisms were honored.

The Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize, valued at €20,000, is the most important award for early career researchers in Germany. It is a distinction for young researchers and provides further incentive for excellent achievements in their research work. The recipients were chosen by a selection committee in Bonn appointed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

"I am very happy about the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Preis. It is a great honor and a valuable award that enables me and my group to use the prize money to promote new project ideas" says Eva Nowack.

The Emmy-Noether group leader was able to prove that, contrary to established theory, organelles were  acquired more than twice in eukaryotic evolution. This gives her valuable insights into intermediate stages of integrating a bacterial endosymbiont as a eukaryotic cell organelle.

"As an outstanding junior scientist in the field of organelle evolution, Eva Nowack is awarded the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize. Her pioneering work on the photosynthetic amoeba Paulinella chromatophora already resulted in pioneering discoveries that broke the scientific view of the evolution of photosynthetic organelles and are equally crucial to the overall development of eukaryotic cell compartments. Despite being at a relatively early stage of career, her results have already found their way into textbooks of biology" emphasizes Prof. Michael Feldbrügge in his assessment.

A total of 140 researchers from all disciplines had been proposed for this year's competition. "The outstanding CVs and high-quality work of the candidates made it a very gratifying task for the committee to select the winners among them," said the chairperson of the selection committee, the mathematician and DFG Vice-President Prof. Dr. med. Marlis Hochbruck. The award will be presented on May 29, 2018 as part of a festive event in Berlin.

Dr. Nowack is also involved in the research network of SFB 1208 on the dynamics of membrane systems as well as in the Manchot graduate school "Molecules of infection" at the Heinrich Heine University. In the SFB 1208 she investigates the processes at the contact zone between the host cell and its newly acquired photosynthetic organelles in the amoeba Paulinella chromatophora (http://www.sfb1208.hhu.de/en/projects-and-groups/a09-en.html).

Weiterführende Informationen:
Die Verleihung der Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Preise 2018 fand am 29. Mai in Berlin statt.
Ausführliche Informationen zum Preis und den bisherigen Preisträgerinnen und Preisträgern finden sich unter: www.dfg.de/maier-leibnitz-preis


„Dynamics of Membrane Systems“: 1. International Conference in Düsseldorf

18.09.2017 – On 13.-15. September 2017, the CRC 1208 of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of Heinrich-Heine-University held his first international conference.

Prof. Dr. Lutz Schmitt, chair of the CRC 1208, welcomed all participants in the „K20 - gallery of art“ in Düsseldorf.

International renowned invited speakers as well as young group leaders of the CRC provide insights into the molecular processes in and at the membrane systems inside and between cells. Main topics were „membrane transporters“, „vesicular transport in biogenesis“, „endomembrane (organelle) communication“ and „intercellular communication – pathogenicity“. These were completed by the part „emerging techniques“, which elucidate the range of structural, biochemical and cell biological technologies, necessary to decipher the multidimensional interplay between components of different membrane systems and the membranes themselves.

In the foyer of the Trinkaus-Auditorium participants, invited guests and member of the CRC discussed their projects presented on posters and take the advantage to initiate new or enhance established cooperations.

After this successful meeting the CRC 1208 is looking forward to the next symposia, planned for May 2018 and March 2019.


New Professorship for Synthetic Membrane Systems within CRC 1208:

A Warm Welcome to Alexej Kedrov!

On Friday, July 7, 2017, Dr. Alexej Kedrov was appointed to the new professorship „Synthetic Membrane Systems“ at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The professorship (W1 tenure track W2) is embedded in the Collaborative Research Centre 1208 „Identity and Dynamics of Membrane Systems – From Molecules to Cellular Functions“. Professor Lutz Schmitt, speaker of the CRC 1208, is convinced that the new techniques and systems of Professor Kedrov will strengthen the CRC 1208.

Prior to joining Heinrich Heine University, Alexej Kedrov was project leader at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and senior researcher at the University of Groningen. He completed his doctoral thesis „Observing molecular interactions that determine stability, folding, and functional states of single Na+/H+ antiporters” in 2006 at the Technical University of Dresden & International Max Planck Research School. His research interest and expertise focus on effects of macromolecular crowding on membrane-associated processes. He is aiming to investigate molecular recognition, assembly and folding processes in de novo designed crowded membranes by combining biophysical, biochemical and synthetic biology approaches.
Soon, further information will be available here.


Prof. Dr. Alexej Kedrov
Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf
Building 26.32.03 Room 29.
Universitätsstr. 1
40225 Düsseldorf
E-mail: kedrov@hhu.de
Phone: 0211-81-13731

Identity and Dynamics of Membrane Systems - from Molecules to Cellular Functions

Biological membranes maintain a non-equilibrium state between the inside and outside space of single cells, subcellular compartments, and between the cells of multicellular organisms. A prerequisite for life is that membranes are not static entities but comprise constantly changing boundaries that react in response to internal and external cues. How do membranes obtain their identity and control their spatio-temporal dynamics? Which role do their constituents play, mainly the different kinds of membrane proteins and protein complexes? These are the fundamental questions that will be addressed within this CRC. As model systems, we have chosen different uni- and multicellular organisms to investigate identity and dynamics of their membrane systems. Our studies will comprise a two-pronged approach, starting from both, the level of individual membrane proteins and their complexes as well as entire cellular membrane systems.

We combine in our multifaceted consortium a unique range of structural, biochemical and cell biological technologies, which aims to unravel the molecular and cellular processes within the entire biological relevant timescale from nanoseconds to days. Our multidisciplinary approach, which involves extensive collaborations at the methodological and conceptual level, aims to decipher the multidimensional interplay between components of different membrane systems and the membranes themselves that ultimately form the basis for a wealth of biological processes.

Spokesman of SFB 1208

Prof. Dr. Lutz Schmitt

Universitätsstraße 1
Building: 26.42
Floor/Room: 03.27
Phone +49 211 81-10773
Fax +49 211 81-15310

Coordinator SFB 1208

Dr. Cordula Kruse

Universitätsstr. 1
Building: 26.31
Floor/Room: O1.55
Phone +49 211 81-10771
Fax +49 211 81-10769

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