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Weiss, M., Frohnmayer, J. P., Benk, L. T., Haller, B., Janiesch, J.-W., Heitkamp, T., Börsch, M., et al. (2018). Sequential bottom-up assembly of mechanically stabilized synthetic cells by microfluidics. Nature Materials, 17, 89–96. London, UK: Nature Pub. Group. Retrieved from
Coquelle, N., Sliwa, M., Woodhouse, J., Schirò, G., Adam, V., Aquila, A., Barends, T. R. M., et al. (2018). Chromophore twisting in the excited state of a photoswitchable fluorescent protein captured by time-resolved serial femtosecond crystallography. Nature Chemistry, 10, 31–37. London, UK: Nature Publishing Group.
Oria, R.; Wiegand, T.; Escribano, J.; Elosegui-Artola, A.; Uriarte, J. J.; Moreno-Pulido, C.; Platzman, I.; Delcanale, P.; Albertazzi, L.; Navajas, D. et al.; Trepat, X.; García-Aznar, J. M.; Cavalcanti-Adam, E. A.; Roca-Cusachs, P.: Force loading explains spatial sensing of ligands by cells. Nature 552, pp. 219 - 224 (2017)
Deng, J., Zhao, C., Spatz, J. P., & Wei, Q. (2017). Nanopatterned adhesive, stretchable hydrogel to control ligand spacing and regulate cell spreading and migration. ACS Nano, 11(8), 8282–8291. Washington, DC: American Chemical Society.


At the MPI for Medical Research, physicists, chemists and biologists create knowledge of long-term relevance to basic medical science. With the arrival of three new directors in 2015/16, the institute has a new unifying theme: observing and controlling the vastly complex macromolecular interactions in the context of cells - both in health and disease. The presently four departments contribute to this goal through their complementary expertise: optical microscopy with nanometer resolution (Stefan Hell), the design of chemical reporter molecules (Kai Johnsson), macromolecular structure determination (Ilme Schlichting), cellular, materials and biophysical sciences  (Joachim Spatz). The institute has a distinguished history of fundamental breakthroughs, evidenced by six Nobel Prizes awarded to its researchers since its foundation. [more]


Departmental Seminar, March 29, with Dr. Alexander Schug

Title: Biomolecular Simulations as a Toolkit for Structural Biology [more]

Departmental Seminar, March 23rd, with David J. Hodson

Title: Shining light on beta cell heterogeneity and insulin release in the intact pancreatic islet [more]
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