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Deutscher Studienpreis for Michael Krieg from the BIOTEC


The President of the German Bundestag Norbert Lammert, awarded the Deutsche Studienpreis on November 23, at the German Parliamentary Society in Berlin. The Koerber-Foundation established this award for excellent dissertations that are also of particular societal importance. The first three prices were awarded to the lawyer Angela Kolbe from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main, to the geologist Hauke Marquardt from the Freie Universität Berlin, and to the economist Martin Binder, who earned his PhD at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena. Michael Krieg from the TU Dresden was awarded with the 2nd price in the category natural  and technological sciences. Topic of his PhD thesis was ?Travel through the zebrafish ? How cells behave when they travel?. Michael Krieg studied Biology at the Kassel University. He earned his PhD at the BIOTEC and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden. In his work he was looking into the question, from where the different cells know during development where their place in the organism is. With an atomic force microscope, he was able to observe and measure these processes in the living organism of a zebrafish.

Picture: Norbert Lammert awards the prize to Michael Krieg

Diagnose diseases earlier ? gold medal for the BIOTEC team in Boston in the international student competition iGEM


The intense work of the team of the BIOTEC for the international student competition iGEM was worthwhile: This week, the students won a gold medal for their project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, USA. The project demonstrates the possibilities of the Molecular Bioengineering in biomedicine. The team developed the idea of a highly sensitive method to detect diseases like leukemia early. Most of the team members are students of the two international Master courses ?Molecular Bioengineering" and ?Nanobiophysics? at the BIOTEC. The gold medal is a great success for the efforts to set up the Molecular Bioengineering in Dresden and to combine innovative molecular and cell biology with the traditionally strong engineering sciences in Dresden.

The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM) is the premiere undergraduate Synthetic Biology competition. Student teams are given a kit of biological parts from the Registry of Standard Biological Parts. Working at their own schools, they use these parts and new parts of their own design to build biological systems and operate them in living cells. The teams presented their projects at this years? iGEM Jamboree in Boston. Several medals were awarded in different categories. This year, 128 teams with 1280 members from 26 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin- and North America participated in the competition.

BIOTEC Master Programs successfully accredited


Both BIOTEC master programs ?Molecular Bioengineering? and ?Nanobiophysics? have been successfully accredited in September 2010 by the national accreditation agency ACQUIN.  ?Molecular Bioengineering? was accredited for 7 years (2nd accreditation) and ?Nanobiophysics? for 5 years (max. duration for a 1st accreditation). The accreditation is an evaluation procedure aiming at assuring the quality of study programs and teaching at German Higher Education Institutions. The following aspects have been successfully evaluated: aims of the programs, quality of the curricula and their relevance for the employment market, research environment, resources, infrastructure and facilities, quality assurance.
A sign for the quality of the BIOTEC-programs is also the fact that students graduate with success and the majority of them start a PhD. Today, the master graduation ceremony of the current graduates takes place at the BIOTEC!

?Von der Zelle zu Geweben zu Therapien? ? seminar series for Dresden Seniors Academy


In the winter term 2010/11, the CRTD offers again together with the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden four talks in the framework of the Dresden Seniors Academy. From November 2010 to March 2011, interested seniors can participate in the seminars from 10.00 to 11.30 am in the Biotechnology Center, Tatzberg 47/49 and discuss exciting new research topics with the scientists.

Talks in the winter term 2010/2011 at CRTD and BIOTEC:

November 10, 2010: Dr. Andreas Beyer (Systembiologe, Biotechnologisches Zentrum),
?Was das Erbgut über unsere Gesundheit aussagt?

January 19,  2011: Dr. Michael Alvers (Transinsight GmbH),
?Suchet und Ihr werdet finden - Neue Wege zur Suche nach Informationen in elektronischen Medien wie dem Internet?

February 16, 2011:Dr. Stephan Speier (CRTD),
?Diabetes Forschung - Regeneration, Transplantation und Stammzellen als neuartige Therapieansätze?

March 2, 2011: Judith Konantz (CRTD),
?Der Zebrafisch als Vorbild der Regenerationsforschung?

Gene-Google for cancer therapy: Dresden scientist awarded with the Klaus Tschira Prize for understandable science


The winners of the competition "KlarText! ? Klaus Tschira Preis für verständliche Wissenschaft? will be awarded on October 14, 2010 by the Klaus Tschira Foundation in Heidelberg. Dr. Christof Winter from the BIOTEC is one of the awardees and was chosen amongst 220 competitors for his contribution, ?Gene-Google for cancer therapy?. The six winners this year did their PhDs in Berlin, Bremen, Dresden, Göttingen und München and worked additionally in Freiburg and Leipzig. The awardees will receive a prize, endowed with 5000 Euros, for their understandable and exciting descriptions of their research results. In his winning article, Christof Winter describes, using the example of pancreas cancer, how the principle of Google can be used to evaluate the relevance of genes for the course of the disease cancer. By determining the activity of relevant genes in a tumor, one can gather information about the aggressiveness and the chances of survival for the patient. This information about gene activity can help the doctor choose the best treatment. The Dresden scientists are planning to apply their ?Gene Google? soon to other cancer forms, like breast- or bowel cancer.

New international Master Program Regenerative Biology and Medicine


This winter term, a new Master Program in Regenerative Biology and Medicine starts at the DFG-Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden. In four semesters, the new program offers to graduates from Biology and Medicine an interdisciplinary education in the area of stem cell research, regeneration biology, tissue engineering, and clinically focused human biology and pathology. Aim of the program is to prepare students to perform research that can be applied to regenerative medicine therapies. The new Master Program complements the existing courses and accentuates the profile of the TU Dresden at the interface of molecular Bioengineering and regenerative Medicine on one hand and material science and nanotechnology on the other hand.  The program is an additional offer to the already existing Master Programs at the BIOTEC in Molecular Bioengineering and Nanobiophysics. With the establishment of the new Master program, the CRTD reacts to the intensified need for an education in the area of regenerative biology and medicine.

Gene functions in large scale: start of an international EU Project


The BIOTEC participates in a large scale, international project that starts in October 2010 and is funded by the European Union. In the worldwide research project EUCOMMTOOLS, coordinated by the Helmholtz Zentrum München, all of the genes in embryonic stem cells of a mouse are mutated. That sets the basis to elucidate the gene functions. Prof. Francis Stewart from the BIOTEC is a partner in the research project and will develop new technologies and tools that will serve the exploration of all gene functions in an organism. The European Project Center of the TU Dresden will support Stewart?s work from an administrative side. The project combines the work of scientists from Germany, Italy, France, Spain, and Great Britain. The consortium will receive about 12 million Euros over the next five years within the Seventh Framework Programme of the EU. German Press Release.

Reception on the occasion of the Leibniz Prize for Prof. Petra Schwille and 10 years BIOTEC


This year, the BIOTEC accomplished one of the biggest achievements in its relatively short history: the award of the Leibniz Prize from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft for Biophysicist Prof. Petra Schwille. Moreover, this July is the 10th anniversary of the decision of the Saxon state parliament to set up the BIOTEC and provide initial financing. On a reception on July 9, representatives of the Saxon federal state government, of the university administration, and colleagues from other institutions appreciated the Leibniz laureate Petra Schwille and the BIOTEC. During his talk, the director of the BIOTEC, Prof. Michael Brand, pointed out that the BIOTEC is an essential part of the Sächsische Biotechnologie-Offensive in 1999 and that the center has developed very successfully since then. German Press Release

Nanomechanics and Molecular Motors ? ERC-Grants for two researchers of the BIOTEC for the first time at the TU Dresden


The European Research Council (ERC) has granted two of the European-wide sought-after ERC Starting Grants for the first time to the Technische Universität Dresden in its third round. Dr. Ralf Seidel and Dr. Erik Schäffer, leader of junior research groups at the BIOTEC, will receive up to 1,5 million Euros each over the course of the next five years. With this EU grant, Dr. Seidel can continue his research in Dresden about DNA motors. Dr. Erik Schäffer wants to use the grant to investigate the friction of motor proteins in molecular nano machines with a novel optic technology. German Press Release

Zebrafish, Drosophila, Stem Cells & Co at the 8th Long Night of Science

Upper picture: Visitors looking at proteins in the computer with 3D glasses. Lower picture: Minister of State Prof. Schorlemer looking at zebrafish embryos with a microscope.

From 6pm to 1am on June 18, over 700 visitors came to the CRTD and the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden during the 8th Long Night of Science in Dresden. This years' long night of science focused on the internationality in science as more than half of the CRTD scientists come from abroad. A diverse program with 16 different highlights was offered to the public, who could get a glimpse into labs and experience science in action during that night. Microscopes, mouse stem cells, zebrafishes, nanomagnets, 3D proteins, and much more were waiting to be discovered. A special kid's tour presented luminescent fruit flies and the regenerative wonder of the Axolotl. In addition, the zebrafish station had famous guests this year: the Saxon Minister of State of Science and the Fine Arts, Prof. Sabine von Schorlemer, the First Mayor of the city of Dresden Dirk Hilbert, and 18 other public figures of Dresden were visiting the Long Night of Science in a tour through Dresden Johannstadt.

A colorful night full of science!


Get ready! On June 18, 2010 from 6pm to 1am, lots of Dresden research institutions will open their doors for the 8th time already for the Long Night of Science. The CRTD and the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden will offer again a colorful program: In talks and at stations, visitors can explore everything from Bioinformatics to Cell Biology, and to Biophysics. We will send the littlest visitors on a special journey only for kids, where the 'water monster' Axolotl and luminous fruit flies can be discovered. Using microscopes, kids can get a close-up view of science in action. The cafeteria will offer snacks and beverages. You can find all the details in full program (in German).


BIOTEC professor obtains international research grant


An international team with participants from Madrid (Spain), Dresden, and Houston (Texas, USA) has been selected by the Human Frontier Science Program to receive a three years grant to finance a project to build the minimal molecular engine in the test tube that is used by bacteria to initiate their division. The project is coordinated by the Centro Nacional de Biotecnología in Madrid. Partner in Dresden is Prof. Petra Schwille from the BIOTEC. The four laboratories involved in this project will reconstruct the minimum set of proteins that can work as a molecular engine during the initiation of bacterial cell division. The idea is to build artificial environments that mimic what is happening inside the cell. The Human Frontier Science Program is an international program of research support implemented by the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO). It aims to promote intercontinental collaboration and training in cutting-edge, basic research focused on the life sciences. The bacterial division project, one among the 25 projects selected worldwide in 2010, will be awarded a total amount of 1.200 000 US $ to finance the collaboration.

International Prize goes to BIOTEC Professor for distinguished method in genetic engineering


Prof. Francis Stewart from the BIOTEC of the TU Dresden received the Prize of the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) for his outstanding achievements in the area of genetic engineering. The ?Prize for outstanding contributions to the field of Transgenic Technologies? was awarded on the last meeting of the ISTT in Berlin end of March 2010. The jury selected Stewart for his innovative and pioneering work in developing methods of genetic engineering. ISTT awards since 2001 excellent researchers with this prize that is endowed with 3000 Euros. The Australian Francis Stewart and his lab have discovered a new technology of Recombineering, a method that allows for the engineering of big DNA molecules. This method is based on homologous recombination and constitutes a new logic for each task in DNA engineering. Francis Stewart was valued by the jury as excellent example in the area of genetic engineering. ?He combines extraordinary molecular biology skills with exceptional vision,? said ISTT. See German Press Release.

Award ceremony of the Leibniz Prize for Biophysics Professor Petra Schwille


Today, Prof. Petra Schwille from the BIOTEC receives in Berlin with the Leibniz Prize, the highest endowed German research prize for her work about biophysical questions. In December 2009, the steering committee of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) announced that Prof. Schwille and nine other scientists will receive this distinguished research prize. The awardees were chosen before amongst 170 suggestions. The prize is endowed with 2.5 million Euros. On the day of the awards ceremony, the DFG celebrates also the 25 year jubilee of the Leibniz program. In her previous work, Prof. Schwille advanced not only the development but also the application of the Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy (FCS). The FCS is one of the most elegant non-invasive methods in order to measure molecular dynamics and interactions in organisms with maximum accuracy. German press release

Girls' Day 2010 on April 22 - Your career as a scientist!

Girls Day Logo

Can I enjoy Bioinformatics? What does a nutritionist in a research lab? What tasks does a technician have in an institute? If you are interested in answers to these kinds of questions, or just want to get a taste of science, then the BIOTEC and the DFG-Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden is the right place for you on April 22 from 3pm! Here, researchers from all over the world are working in different areas, like cell biology, biophysics, (regenerative) medicine, or bioinformatics. You will have the opportunity to talk with scientists and ask them lots of questions. A tour through our building will also give you an idea about the research taking place. Interested girls can register here for the Girl's Day.

Students for project wanted! iGEM Call 2010


Are you as a student interested in building new biological systems in a team of students? Do you have first biological lab experience and enthusiasm? Would you like to fly to the MIT Boston this year? Then the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM) could be exactly right for you! iGEM is the first Synthetic Biology interdisciplinary competition for undergraduate students. Student teams are given the chance to gain independent scientific experiences. The team will get a kit of biological parts at the beginning of the summer from the Registry of Standard Biological Parts. They will use these parts and new parts of their own design to build biological systems and operate them in living cells. The ?iGEM - Team? will experiment during the summer months at the BIOTEC TU Dresden with the support of scientific PIs and will in the end present their results at MIT. In 2009, 112 teams with 1.700 undergraduates from 26 different countries joined iGEM. The iGEM Team 2009 of the BIOTEC Dresden received a silver medal. If you want to apply, please send a succinct CV, a description of your motivation plus a short description of your potential idea for the project (English or German in pdf format) until February 28, 2010 to Susan Fischer (susan.fischer(at)biotec.tu-dresden.de). See full call here.

BIOTEC and Zheijang University cooperate to research cancer factors


Bioinformatics from the BIOTEC meet colleagues from January 12-15, 2010 for the ?Sino-German Workshop on computational systems biology approaches for cancer research and biomarker discovery? in the Chinese city Hangzhou, a partner city of Dresden. The meeting marks the start for a cooperation between both locations, in order gain a better understanding about the interaction between genetic factors in cancer. The Dresden scientists around Prof. Michael Schroeder from the BIOTEC at the TU Dresden can offer their know-how in computer based prediction of the survival of cancer in this cooperation. They will apply this method together with Prof. Biayang Lin, the director of the newly founded Zhejiang-California International Nanosystems Institute (ZCNI), to data of prostate cancer. The Zheijang University in Hangzhou is, according to the China National Ranking 2008, the third best in the country. The meeting is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).


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