We are happy to announce that our IMPRS-Alumnus, Dr. Veronica Krenn, has been awarded the Otto-Hahn Medal 2014. With this medal, the Max-Planck Society honors doctoral scientists working in its institutes for their excellent achievements.

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Veronica studied at the University of Milan in Italy and passed her Master’s degree in Biotechnology in 2009 with honors. In the group of Andrea Musacchio, first at IFOM-IEO in Milan and then at the Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Physiology in Dortmund, she investigated how cells distribute their genetic information to their daughter cells during the process of cell division (mitosis). When defective, this process can give rise to a cell progeny that is prone to become transformed and cancerous. It is therefore crucially importance to understand its mechanisms and how they become perturbed. 

In her research Veronica focused on Bub1 and Bub3, two proteins that operate in cell division. She investigated at the molecular level how Bub1 and Bub3 help the cells pass on the correct genetic information to the daughter cells in an accurate manner. With the characterization of these two main protagonists in the mitotic process, Krenn contributed substantially to the research on mechanisms in cell division.




We are honoured to announce that IMPRS-Alumnus Dr. Matthias Müller has been awarded with the Rainer-Rudolph-Prize 2013.

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Dr. Matthias Müller (Bild: Rainer-Rudolph-Stiftung)

Matthias Müller was member of the IMPRS-CB from 2009-2013 and conducted his PhD work under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Roger S. Goody. He received this award for his outstanding research on reversible adenylylation of rab proteins during his doctoral thesis. There he provided new insights into an almost forgotten posttranslational modification and a better understanding of mechanisms involved in cellular infections by the pathogen Legionella pneumophila.


We congratulate the IMPRS-Alumnus Dr. Elmar Behrmann to the award of the 2013 Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society


Dr. Elmar Behrmann


The award was conferred for his outstanding research work during his doctoral thesis on the structure of the actin-tropomyosin-myosin complex. With this work, Dr. Elmar Behrmann has made a major contribution not only to field of muscle research, by establishing a detailed structural map of disease-related mutations, but also to that of electron microscopy, especially with regard to the processing of samples with helical symmetry.


We are honoured to announce that IMPRS-PhD-student Long Yi has been granted the prestigious

2011 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad by the China Scholarship Council (CSC).

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Long Yi

Long Yi is member of the IMPRS-CB since 2009 and conducts his PhD work under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Roger S. Goody at the MPI of molecular Physiology.


We are happy to announce that the IMPRS student

Alexandra Streller

has been awarded with the

"Jahrgangsbestenpreis 2011" of the TU Dortmund.


Alexandra Streller

Alexandra started her Ph D work in the Department of Mechanistic Cell Biology at the MPI of molecular Physiology under the supervision of Dr. Andrea Musacchio.


We congratulate our two winners in best poster competitions:

IMPRS-CB student Shobhna Kapoor is doing her Ph D studies at the TU Dortmund in the faculty of Physikalische Chemie I (chair: Prof. Dr. Roland Winter).Shobhna was awarded the PCCP Hot Topic Prize for her poster entitled “Conformational Selection of Membrane bound Ras Proteins” at the 110th Bunsentagung Annual German Conference on Physical Chemistry at the Freie Universität Berlin.

Frank Hofmann, IMPRS-CB Ph D student at the MPI Dortmund in the department of Physical Biochemistry (director: Prof. Dr. Roger S. Goody) was awarded the WILEY-VCH Prize 2011 for the best poster presentation at the 10th German Peptide Symposium 2011 at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. His poster title was: “Synthesis and characterization of artificial lantibiotics”.