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How are membranes organized and functioning in cells? In our department, we are addressing this question in a comprehensive manner, attacking the problem from many fronts: we are 7 groups with different strategies, model organisms (from yeast, through Dictyostelium, worms, flies, fish and human cells) and methodologies (from chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, biophysics), but we all want to understand the role of lipids and proteins to organize the membrane system in the cell. Our work is therefore very interdisciplinary. As a consequence, the atmosphere in the department is highly interactive. Read more >>

 Prof Aurélien Roux receives an ERC Synergy Grant


Together with Prof S. Role, EPFL, Prof Roux will study the dynamic of water fluxes, curvature,                          

and tension in cellular membranes. For more information,

see https://erc.europa.eu/news/erc-2020-synergy-grants-results




International Birnstiel Award attributed to Anna-Katharina Pfitzner



Anna-Katharina Pfitzner receives the award for her work unravelling the mechanism

by which ESCRT-III remodels membranes. For more information,

see https://www.imp.ac.at/news/article/international-birnstiel-award-goes-to-six-outstanding-young-scientists/






Research groups