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TU Dresden Ideas Competition: Campus 2020


TU Dresden launches a contest about 'Access and Locking Systems' that will start in the winter semester 2011/12. The winners will be awarded monetary prizes of a total amount of 3000 Euro.

Following a first practice, students of the TU Dresden should get involved in designing and shaping their campus and demonstrate their creativity in an annual ideas competition under the slogan 'Campus 2020'. Finally, this type of collaboration is an important target of TU Dresden?s future concept in the context of the 'Exzellenzbewegung'. 

The first competition, starting in the winter semester 2011/12, is planned to occur in the context of cooperation with T-Systems Multimedia Solutions GmbH. The best proposed concepts will be awarded monetary prizes by the T-Systems MMS of a total amount of 3000 Euro. Additionally, the Studentenwerk will sponsor the competition with Mensa coupons.


Modern and sustainable ideas are sought regarding campus-wide access systems and locking systems, with easy and efficient operability: creative, ambitious, amazingly simple, or surprising solutions, which give access to simple seminar rooms and computer pools or other areas of the students campus life and improve everyday life at the university. In the best case, solutions will already support conditions of data security, barrier free accessibility, access right management or extended application areas such as Mensa settlement, library use, guideposts, etc. Further informations

Petra Schwille recieves the Research Award 2011 of Braunschweig


Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Petra Schwille of the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden (BIOTEC) was awarded with the Research Prize 2011 of Braunschweig yesterday evening.The biophysicist received the award that is endowed with 30,000 Euro for developing a novel microscopic method with which her and her team have succeeded to investigate fundamental questions in biomedicine. Hereby, she has developed a key method for understanding living systems. German Press Release

Trainee of BIOTEC is the best in Saxony


Sarah Hermann, biology laboratory technician at the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden (BIOTEC), has been awarded the prize for the ?Berufsbeste? of her age group by the Saxon Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) Dresden. She was supervised and supported during her three and a half years of vocational training in the fish group of Prof. Michael Brand and also in the biophysics group of Prof. Petra Schwille. With her grade ?very good? Sarah Hermann has reached at least 92 out of 100 points and outperformed all other Saxon trainees who completed their vocational training with the grade "very good". TU Dresden has been honored as an outstanding training company again. This year this honor went to 36 of about 3,300 active training companies in Saxony.

Teaching tolerance through science - Science goes to School! receives Saxon Integration Award


The DIPP School Project Science goes to School! was chosen out of 43 projects to be awarded the Saxon Integration Award and placed third. This award is initiated by the State Minister for Social Affairs and Consumer Protection, Christine Clauß, and the Officer for Aliens, Martin Gillo. It recognizes projects in Saxony that support tolerance and respect for people of different cultural, religious or ethnic backgrounds. Ten PhD students accepted the award in a ceremony on November 25, 2011 at the Landtag of Saxony with Matthias Rößler, chair of the Parliament. The award carries a value of 500 Euros.

In the DIPP School project, multinational teams of PhD students offer a two hour-workshop with experiments run in English at Dresden schools. After that, the PhD students are available for discussion on career models and on life in Dresden as a foreigner. The school project that teaches tolerance through science to young people was the response to the tragic murder of Marwa El-Sherbini, whose husband was a DIPP student in 2009.

?Amongst the students it became apparent that we - the scientific community with its strong dependence on international collaborations - could and should contribute to transforming the city into a more tolerant environment. We wanted to demonstrate that open-mindedness and curiosity are key for success in science and in society. It is the ideas of people that count, and not where they are from nor how they look like?, says Marcus Jahnel, PhD student from Germany. The students, however, really make an effort not to preach, but to teach: ?We think that children need positive role models of tolerance and success?.

Avinash Chekuru from India joined this project because he likes teaching and interacting with society. ?Moreover, motivating young scientists is an important aspect ? I didn't experience this when I was in school?, he says. Portuguese researcher Vanessa Carlos adds: ?Joining this project was an opportunity for me to give an example of tolerance, respect and show how fun it is to work in a multicultural environment.? All experiments are performed in English. ?Trying to speak with young students the same language in all senses is a pleasant challenge?, explains Madina Karimova from Russia. ?Having a common topic to talk about with pupils and young people can help to break the ice between us and local people, to let them see what we do and why are we here?. The project is also about fun: ?It is great to inspire kids for science and to give them some insights into the crazy world that lies beyond their imagination?, says German PhD student Sebastian Dunst. This can also be a first detail to change things: ?If we want things to change, we must get out of our cocoons and reach out to the community!? says Vanessa Carlos.

The Dresden International Graduate School for Biomedicine and Bioengineering (DIGS-BB) forms 
the shared network with the International Max Planck Research School for Molecular Cell Biology and Bioengineering (IMPRS-MCBB)  and the Dresden International PhD Program (DIPP) - the biggest PhD program in Germany. DIPP joins high motivated  das größte Doktorandenprogramm in Deutschland, das hoch motivierte junior scientists from about 30 countries.
The following institutions join the Dresden International PhD Program (DIPP): DFG Research Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden ? Cluster of Excellence (CRTD), Biotechnologycenter of the TU Dresden, discipline Biology of the TU Dresden, Medical Theoretical Center (MTZ), Max Planck Institut of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG), Max Planck Institut for Physics of Complex Systems (MPI-PKS), Max  Bergmann Center of Biomaterials Dresden (MBC), Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V. (IPF), Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden (IPF), B CUBE - Center for Molecular Bioengineering TU Dresden. German Press Release

Top-class increase for Dresdner biotechnology - The biophysicist Jochen Guck gains the Humboldt Professorship of the TU Dresden


The Center of Biotechnology of the TU Dresden (BIOTEC) has been awarded the Humboldt Professorship for cellular machines. The renowned research award goes to the biophysicist Dr. Jochen Guck (38), who currently researchs in the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University (UK). This was announced today by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Federal Ministry for Education and Research. Jochen Guck receives a call to the Dresden University of Technology and will focus on the development of new biophysical approaches for stem cell research, blood cell diagnostics and neuroregeneration. The award is endowed with five million Euro for five years. German Press Release

German Press Release of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Candy floss, bouncing castle, and drums ? summer festival at the Kita Biopolis


In bright sunshine more than 100 children of the Kindergarten Biopolis celebrated their summer festival. They nibbled candy floss, jumped on the bouncing castle, drummed on djembes, flew balloons or drove in a motorcycle sidecar. Not only did the numerous offers of dedicated parents and grandparents conjure beaming smiles on the faces of the children but also provided the parents with tired and happy children in the evening.
The Kindergarten Biopolis is a joint facility of the city of Dresden, the DFG Research Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden, the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics.

PROMOS scholarships for two BIOTEC Master students


PROMOS scholarships are awarded to Gunar Fabig and Cornelis Lütgebaucks, students of the master program Molecular Bioengineering. PROMOS is a program of the DAAD which aims at promoting the mobility of German students giving financial support for a stay abroad of up to 6 months. Both students are currently doing their master's thesis in the USA: Gunar Fabig at the Harvard University and Cornelis Lütgebaucks at the John Hopkins University.

Successful Long Night of Science 2011


The 9. Long Night of Science was a great success in 2011: More than 1,400 people visited the laboratories of the DFG Research Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) and the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden (BIOTEC) from 18:00-1:00 to see what the reseachers do. A diverse program with 16 different stations was offered to the public, who could get a glimpse into labs and experience science in action during that night: They learned more about fluorescent proteins, zebrafishes, or the power in the cells. A special kid's tour presented fruit flies and the regenerative wonder of the Axolotl.

Off the assembly line: purposely mutated genes for knockout mice


Dresden. In collaboration with British colleagues researchers at the Biotechnology Centre of the TU Dresden (BIOTEC) have developed a semi-automated technology for decoding the function of different mouse genes more quickly and efficiently . Currently, four scientific consortia around the world work on switching off one gene after another in specifically cultured mice systematically so as to be able to determine afterwards which function each gene has. The new technology is a breakthrough in the research of animal models, which integrates effective large-scale mutant genes in embryonic stem cells (ES cells). This semi-automated technology reaches a high serial throughput, that reliably generates numerous ES cells, each with a specific genetic mutation. Out of this, knock-out mice with a specific genetic defect can be bred more quickly than with conventional methods. These research results were published in the journal Nature (DOI: 10.1038/nature10163). German Press Release

Alexander von Humboldt scholarship for chemist from Spain


Since May 2011 the Humboldt fellow research Dr. Gloria Ruiz-Gómez from Spain is working at the TU Dresden in the Structural Bioinformatics Group lead by Dr. M. T. Pisabarro. During her biennial research period in Dresden she will involved in the rational design of synthetic molecules made of novel non-natural building blocks, which can imitate well-defined 3D ?-helix structures of proteins and peptides. The application of the molecules that will come out of this study could be of considerable relevance for the field of medicinal chemistry and nanotechnology. German Press Release

Stem cell or dedifferentiated cell? Zebrafish regenerate amputated bone from existing bone cells


Dresden. For the first time the Dresdner developmental biologist Dr. rer. nat. Gilbert Weidinger and his team have demonstrated for the regeneration of bone in the amputated zebrafish fins that new bone structures develop from dedifferentiated bone-forming cells (osteoblasts). Multipotent stem cells are not involved in this regeneration process.
Osteoblasts which naturally occurring in the fish dedifferentiate, that is, they regress to an undifferentiated stage of development. After that their cell division starts, and from them develop only new bone-forming cells to replace the amputated bone parts in the fish fin. These research results were published in the journal Developmental Cell (DOI: 10.1016/j.devcel.2011.04.014). German Press Release

Poster prize at the 3rd Saxon Biotechnology Symposium in Dresden


Attended by more than 200 visitors from Saxony, Berlin and Brandenburg, the Prime Minister of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich, has opened the 3rd Saxon Biotechnology Symposium in Dresden. The symposium which was organized by the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden, the Biotechnology and Biomedicine Centre (BBZ), and the University of Leipzig, informed about the latest research projects in Saxony with focus on Biophysics, Cell Biology, and Bioinformatics. Parallel to the events, companies presented their current developments.

In addition to lectures by noted speakers scientists presented their research findings in the areas of Molecular Medicine, Bioanalytics, Bioinformatics Tissue and Cell Engineering, Genome and Protein Engineering, and Biophysical Technologies during a poster session. Dr. Constance Chollet from the Leipzig Institute of Biochemistry received the first prize for the best poster. The posters from Matthew Reinmann and Janine Roy (BIOTEC), Michael Zahn (BBZ), Sarah Tsurkan (BIOTEC), Daniel Klaue, and Peggy Jungke (BIOTEC) were honored with five other awards.

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


In the summer term 2011, the DFG Research Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) offers again together with the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden (BIOTEC) three talks in the framework of the Dresden Seniors Academy. From April 2011 to September 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 summer term 2011 at CRTD and BIOTEC:
May 11, 2011: Dr. Thomas Kurth (Leader electron micorscopy, CRTD)
?Kleine Dinge ganz groß ? Elektronenmikroskopie in der Biomedizinischen Forschung?

May 26, 2011: Annett Dümmler (Pre-Doc, CRTD)
?Regeneration beim Salamander Axolotl?

June 15, 2011: Marcel Ander (Pre-Doc, BIOTEC)
?Kräfte einzelner Moleküle in der Zelle : ein Protein, das DNS-Stränge greift und zusammenhält?

Saxon Biotechnology Symposium 2011 ? Opening by the Prime Minister of Saxony Stanislaw Tillich


Dresden. On 2 May 2011 the BIOTEC of the TU Dresden and the BBZ of the Leipzig University again host the Saxon Biotechnology Symposium in Dresden. The Prime Minister of Saxony Stanislaw Tillich will open the Forum for Biotechnology in Saxony in the Dresden BioInnovationsZentrum. He will take the opportunity to acquaint himself with the latest developments in the field of sustainable technology in Saxony. The opening of the conference by the Sovereign reveals the importance of biotechnology in the Free State of Saxony. German Press Release

Free view on self-organized proteins


Dresden. For the first time biophysicists of the Biotechnology Center of the Technische Universität Dresden (BIOTEC) could observe, how individual proteins of the Min family organize themselves and each other on an artificial membrane. These proteins regulate cell division in bacteria. The group of Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Petra Schwille, who investigates the formation of biological structures on cellular membranes, took a further step into replication of cellular structures, that allow now the very detailed observation of protein patterns. These results were published in the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology (DOI: 10.1038/nsmb.2037). Pressemitteilungfileadmin/press/press-releases/11.04.26._Freier_Blick_auf_sich_selbst_organisierende_Proteine_Schwille.pdf

Girls' Day 2011 on April 14 - Diversity Life Sciences - A career in science!


Can I enjoy Bioinformatics? What career path has a biotechnologist behind that observed today individual proteins in the cells of fruit flies? What tasks does a keeper 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 DFG Research Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden/ Cluster of Excellence and the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden is the right place for you on April 14 from 14:30pm! 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.

BIOTEC and CRTD in the Top 10 of The Scientist 2011 Best Places to Work for Postdocs


The Biotechnology Center of the Dresden University of Technology (BIOTEC) and the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD), Cluster of Excellence at the TU Dresden, are ranked third and sixth in the Top 10 international institutions, outside the USA, of the Best Places to Work for Postdocs. The list is the result of the 9th survey of The Scientist, F1000?s magazine of the life sciences. Increasingly, postdoctoral positions in life sciences are a required training for the next generation of scientific leaders in academia and industry. The Scientist 2011 Best Places to Work for Postdocs survey showed that striking the fine balance between independence and guidance is important to a successful postdoc experience. This is exactly what young scientists find in the BIOTEC and the CRTD, the two TU Dresden institutions. ?Both institutes form the center of an excellent network on the Dresden campus, one of the most exciting research places in Biomedicine at the moment?, says the director of the BIOTEC and CRTD, Prof. Michael Brand. ?The postdocs benefit enormously from our international renowned research foci.? English Press Release

Dr. Walter-Seipp-Price of the Commerzbank Foundation 2010 for BIOTEC scientist


The Dr.-Walter-Seipp-Price of the Commerzbank Foundation and the dissertation prices of the Commerzbank 2010 honor excellent scientific contributions of students and young scientists at the TU Dresden. The Dr.-Walter-Seipp-Price 2010 is endowed with 4.000 Euros and goes to Dr. rer. nat. Martin Loose from the group of Prof. Petra Schwille of the Biotechnology Center at the TU Dresden for his outstanding dissertation ?Self-organization of Min proteins in vitro?.
In his study, Dr. Loose investigated self-organized patterns of proteins from the rod-shaped bacterium Escherichia coli. This organism lives in our guts and is proliferating by dividing in the cell center. In order to find the position of its division plane, E. coli uses a special mechanism: The proteins MinC, MinD, and MinE attach to the inner bacterial membrane and regularly switch from one cell pole to the other. In that way they help the cell to find its center. In the framework of his dissertation, Martin Loose was able to reconstitute the behaviour of the Min system in vitro (outside the cell) and could impressively demonstrate one of the basic characteristics of life, the ability for self-organizartion based on simple interactions.
Next to the BIOTEC winner, two dissertation prices were awarded for 1.000 Euros. The winners are Dr. rer. nat. Gert Weller (faculty of sciences, field psychology) and Dr.-Ing. Andreas Fischer (faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology).

GPS for cells: Interpretation of the cellular positioning system


For decades, scientists have been interested in decoding the fascinating characteristics of the development of life. Signal molecules in concentration gradients determine which tissue is developing out of which cell and where the cells have to locate themselves. The signals of this ?cellular GPS system? have to be analyzed by the cells in order to use this information in a meaningful way. The molecular mechanisms during this interpretation were mostly unclear until now. Light was just shed in the darkness by scientists of the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) and the Biotechnology Center (BIOTEC) in a new study published in Nature Cell Biology. They observed in living zebrafish how cells can change their development and position by interpreting the positioning signal without changing the ?GPS signal?. See German Press Release


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