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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,
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,
We study the formation of spatial and temporal structures in individual biological cells and cells assemblies. The focus of our …
The main goal of our research is to understand the functions of membrane lipids in cell biology and physiology. To this end, we …
Cells and organelles are separated by 2D fluid lipid membranes, which have peculiar mechanical properties.
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of phagocytosis and cell-autonomous defences against mycobacteria infection.