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News in 2010

STUDENT UPDATE: Group Leaders and students from Berlin travelled to New York at the start of December 2010 to participate in the NYU Developmental Genetics Conference and to integrate their projects with the labs of their NYU partners. BIMSB students presented their research to NYU faculty and students in a lively and informative seminar session. The inaugural session of the BIMSB-NYU PhD thesis advisory committees were also held to provide directed student support and further consolidate bilateral collaboration opportunities. Faculty and students from both sides of the Atlantic will meet next at the Berlin Summer Meeting 2011.

December 2010

LECTURE SERIES: BIMSB and the MDC join Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin in a new Ringvorlesung (German for lecture series) on the topic Gene Dys-Regulation in Cancer. Full details for this exciting new systems biology collaborative education initiative can be found here.

Please note the following change of schedule:

February 09, 2011    Markus Landthaler (BIMSB @ MDC)    "miRNA, RNA-Protein interaction"

February 16, 2011    Hermann-Georg Holzhütter (Charité )    "Vesicle transport and organelle formation"

November 2010

EMBO MEMBER: Systems biologist Professor Nikolaus Rajewsky from the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch, Germany, has been elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organization.


October 2010


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STUDENT UPDATE: The new site of the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology in New York was opened for business during the first week of Septemer. On this occasion the new location, labs and teaching facilities were visited by Prof. Jürgen Mlynek, president of the Helmholtz Association and the German General Consul of New York, Dr. Horst Freitag. more

The following round-table discussion between the guests, NYU faculty representatives, Nikolaus Rajewsky (Scientific Head of BIMSB) and Jutta Steinkoetter (BIMSB Management) reviewed the progress of the two partner institutions and their joint PhD exchange program. NYU faculty and BIMSB group leaders are looking forward to see each other again in December, when BIMSB faculty and students will visit NYU and the Developmental Genetics meeting.

September 2010

STUDENT UPDATE: 20 students from BIMSB and BIMSB associated groups took part in the 12th MDC-FMP Retreat. We are delighted to announce that Marlon Stoeckius, N Rajewsky Group, and Yongbo Wang, Chen Group, received first and second prize respectively in the best student talks competition. So congratulations to both!

September 2010

SUMMER SCHOOL: 64 scientists and students met from August 22 to August 25, 2010 in Blossin, Brandenburg. Lectures on the BIMSB project, mass spectrometry and mathematical modeling were complemented by student talks, post-doc career profiles and journal clubs.


August 2010

LECTURE: Systems Biology of Cellular Processes

BIMSB and its partners Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin join to present current perspectives on systems biology. The topic for discussion is the regulation of cellular process.

Students and researchers from the Berlin universities are cordially invited to attend.



July 2010

CONFERENCE: The Berlin Summer Meeting 2010 - Quantitative Genomics

The conference took place June 24-26, 2010 at the Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus, Luisenstr. 58/59, Berlin.

Please check out for further information.


June 2010

STUDENT UPDATE: Rina Ahmed, Dieterich Group and Gunsalus Group, has received a 1000 Euro prize to use for travel and registration fees at a scientific conference in 2010. This award was for the best poster, entitled Nematode microRNA Evolution, in the category Scientific Merit at the European SOLiD System Users Meeting, March 2010, Antwerp.


March 2010

STUDENT UPDATE: Anna-Carina Jungkamp, N Rajewsky Group and Piano Group, is awarded a Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds PhD Fellowship for the project Transcriptome-wide identification and characterisation of RNA-binding protein target sites in C. elegans. This project is carried out as part of the BIMSB-NYU PhD Exchange Program.

March 2010


Marc together with his family,
friends and work colleagues
(Photo/Copyright: Svetlana Lebedeva)

STUDENT UPDATE: Marc Friedländer successfully defends his doctoral thesis

Marc Friedländer, N Rajewsky Group, has successfully defended his doctoral thesis Discovery and profiling of animal small RNAs using deep sequencing with the grade summa cum laude at the Department of Biology, Chemistry and Pharmacy of Freie Universität Berlin on February 1, 2010.

Thesis reviewers: N. Rajewsky and W. Schuster

Doctoral commission: A. Heyl, R. Mutzel, N. Rajewsky, T. Schmülling, W. Schuster

This research was funded by a MDC PhD scholarship.

February 2010


FLTR: Prof. Dr. Christoph Markschies,
Prof. Dr. E. Jürgen Zöllner, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Renn,
Prof. Dr. Günter Stock, The Governing Mayor of Berlin
Klaus Wowereit, Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Rajewsky,
Dr. Vera Beyer (Photo: Jan Sobottka/
Copyright: Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH)

AWARD: Nikolaus Rajewsky receives the Science Award of the Governing Mayor of Berlin

Nikolaus Rajewsky receives the Science Award of the Governing Mayor of Berlin on January 22, 2010 in recognition of his “outstanding research achievements, the implementation of which can contribute to solutions for problems relevant to science and society”. This honour and prize of 40,000 Euros for research activities at the MDC is bestowed in recognition of his services to the Berlin scientific community. It acknowledges his personal academic achievements in the fields of RNA and Developmental Biology and, in particular, his pivotal role in elucidating the function of microRNAs – the regulators of practically all important living processes from embryogenesis to metabolic activity and the immune system.


January 2010

STUDENT UPDATE: Toshiaki Kogame, N Rajewsky Group, joins us as the first participant in the new doctoral student exchange program between the MDC and the University of Kyoto Medical School. He will spend 12 months learning systems biology techinques and processes and will be working on an analysis of early embryonic development using a transgenic worm.

January 2010