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Trainee of BIOTEC is the best biology lab technician in Saxony


Lisa Pönitz, biology lab technician at the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden (BIOTEC), has been awarded the prize for the “Berufsbeste” (best of her profession) of her age group by the Saxon Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI). During her three years of vocational training, she was supervised and supported by the research group “Development and Regeneration of the Vertebrate Brain” of Professor Michael Brand. Because of her excellent performance, she finished her apprenticeship ahead of the training period. Lisa Pönitz has reached 94 out of 100 points and outperformed all other Saxon trainees who completed their vocational training with the grade "very good".

This is the second time, the BIOTEC has trained the best Saxon biology laboratory technician. For that, the TU Dresden  was honored again as an outstanding training company by the CCI Saxon.

Photo: Lisa Pönitz (in the middle) has been awarded with trainees of other professions as “Berufsbeste” Saxon biology laboratory technician by the CCI Saxon. (From left): Constantin Kießling, Maximilian Walther, Lisa Pönitz, Maximilian Kober, and Robert Hahn. © IHK Chemnitz/W. Schmidt

„Dresden Nanormous“ successful in Boston


This year again, the international master students of the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden (BIOTEC) were successful in the scientific competition BIOMOD (Bio‐Molecular Design Competition) of the Harvard University (USA): Their joint research work about nano-capsules was awarded with a gold medal as best project. They also received the first price for the best video and the third price for the best Wiki. With these prices,  the team „Dresden Nanormous“ won an excellent second position in overall rankings and   had among 29 applicants only the team from Munich go first.

The „Dresden Nanormous“ – the name connects „nano“ and „enormous“ – are eleven international students of the master courses „Molecular Bioengineering” and “Nanobiophysics“ at the BIOTEC. In their project they take the Japanese art of folding Origami as a model and bring together polymers with special coded genetic code chains. These chains combine in water to plastic beads with 200 nanometers diameter. Through folding and attachment of other helix molecules, capsules are developed that can attach themselves with embedded enzymes or other agents targeted on sick cells. With such intelligent search systems it could be possible in the future to destroy cancer cells without damaging healthy cells.
 In the last year the Dresden team „Dresden Nanosaurs“won the gold medal at the BIOMOD competition.

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Graduation of Master Students


After two years of interdisciplinary study and research, 41 students of the three international Master’s programs at the BIOTEC and the CRTD completed their studies successfully in September. The graduation ceremony took place on October 18th. In the program „Molecular Bioengineering“, 18 Students were graduating and nine students in „Nanobiophysics“. The program „Regenerative Biology and Medicine“ is affiliated to the CRTD and started in 2010. Hence, this year is the first full class with 14 students that graduated in that program.

The three international Master Programs at the BIOTEC and CRTD include four terms and are held in English. The application for the winter term 2014/15 will start in February 2014.

Photo: Students at the graduation ceremony. ©CRTD

Biopolis Dresden Imaging Platform highly recommended for European Research Infrastructure Project


Light microscopy is a crucial part of research and allows scientists to examine important molecular and cellular processes. On the Biopolis Dresden campus, the light microscopy imaging facilities are organized within the Biopolis Dresden Imaging Platform (BioDIP), including research institutes like the CRTD, the BIOTEC, the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG), the Medical Theoretical Center Dresden (MTZ), and the Dresden partner institute of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases within the Helmholtz Association (DZNE). The BioDIP is supported by the German Research Council (DFG), which in 2012 awarded BioDIP a "DFG Core Facility" grant. BioDIP offers a service- and device pool with more than 100 Systems to currently more than 500 users.

The BioDIP –represented by the DRESDEN-concept e.V. - was recently highly recommended for being established as a Node within Euro-BioImaging (EUBI), a large pan-European research infrastructure project. The goal of EUBI is to build a European wide network that will provide open access to innovative biological and medical imaging technologies for European researchers. This infrastructure will consist of a set of geographically distributed but strongly interlinked imaging facilities, the Euro-BioImaging Nodes.

An Independent Evaluation Board consisting of world-wide leading scientists in the field recognized BioDIP as an outstanding resource for the European imaging community. It represents a solid user base, but still offers room for expansion. The BioDIP already hosts and offers open access to a wide range of state-of-the-art imaging technologies, complemented by the necessary expertise to allow the users to get the most out of their experiments.

The final decision to actually fund and establish selected Euro-BioImaging Nodes will be made by each EU Member State in the near future. For the Dresden research community, the participation in EUBI could provide an extraordinary opportunity for showing its impact on European top-level research.

Photo: Light Microscopy Facility in the CRTD. ©CRTD

From Cambridge to the Elbe – New Junior Research group leader for biochemistry and cell biology at the BIOTEC


Dr. Jörg Mansfeld enhances the research area cell biology at BIOTEC as the newest junior research group leader. He is interested in the biochemical degradation of proteins that define the cell fate of single cells within an organism. With a funding of the Emmy Noether Programme of the German Research Foundation (DFG) of around 1.5 million Euros for five years, the 36 year biologist decided to come to Dresden from the Gurdon Institute of the University of Cambridge.

See German Press Release.

Photo: Portrait of Dr. Jörg Mansfeld ©Privat

Deutschlandstipendium for Master Students


Three master students of the master’s courses „Molecular Bioengineering“ at the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden (BIOTEC) and „Regenerative Biology and Medicine“ at the BIOTEC and CRTD can be happy about a Deutschlandstipendium in 2013. Two students in the first term and one student in the third term receive 300 Euros monthly. Half of the funding is financed by the German government and the other half by private sponsors. For the students at the BIOTEC and the CRTD, the private sponsors are the Bayer Science and Education Foundation, the Schaufler Foundation, and the Association of Friends and Sponsors of TU Dresden e.V.  In total, there are 333 scholarships in the framework of the Deutschlandstipendium  at the TU Dresden. The funded students have extraordinary previous study achievements and are socially engaged. Already last year, there was a master student at the BIOTEC, who received the funding of the Deutschlandstipendium.

Entity of all yeast proteins collected - System biologists from Dresden provide protein samples for new measuring method


A Swiss-German research cooperation demonstrates the potential of a new method that can measure almost all yeast proteins with high precision. With this method, scientists are able to measure the concentration of 50 to 100 proteins precisely at the same time. That was not possible in this way so far. Prof. Andreas Beyer, system biologist at the BIOTEC, worked together with colleagues from the ETH Zürich at this joint study. He expects that with this new method it is possible to determine parallel and precisely different protein concentration in the blood of patients fast and easy. This study was published in the journal „Nature“. (DOI 10.1038/nature11835)

See German press release


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