November 9, 2016 - Our latest paper on a new enzymatic mechanism for DNA and RNA polymerases (SAM) - crucial enzymes also for the development of cells of the nervous system and, ultimately, brain-dependent behaviors - is now in JACS spotlights and on the cover of JACS.
New course about Molecular Bioinformatics for Neurobiologists at RWTH Aachen University
March 9, 2016 - Prof. Paolo Carloni and Dr. Alejandro Giorgetti, in collaboration with Dr. Marc Spehr (Institute for Biology II in Aachen) are offering a new course entitled “Molecular Bioinformatics for Neurobiologists” at the RWTH Aachen University.
July 8, 2015 - Dr. Marco De Vivo, group leader of the Laboratory of Molecular Modeling and Drug Discovery at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) in Genoa (Italy) has been enrolled as research associate at IAS-5/INM-9.
BioExcel Consortium approved by European Commission
May 8, 2015 - Within the framework of European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program (call H2020-EINFRA-2015-1), the European Commission has approved the BioExcel initiative. IAS-5/INM-9 is one of the members of the Consortium.
Start-Up grant "Common molecular causes of schizophrenia and autism related to lipid metabolism"
December 16, 2014 - Jun.-Prof. Giulia Rossetti has been awarded an RWTH Start-Up grant with the proposal "Common molecular causes of schizophrenia and autism related to lipid metabolism" within the Excellence Initiative framework.
December 16, 2014 - Dr. Giulia Rossetti has been appointed as Junior Professor in Computer-based molecular science at University Hospital RWTH Aachen.
The European Joint Doctorate Program HPC-LEAP is accepting applications for the academic year 2015-2016.
November 3, 2014 - The European Joint Doctorate Program in High Performance Computing for Life sciences, Engineering and Physics (HPC-LEAP), funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, is accepting applications for the academic year 2015-2016.
Dr. Xiaojing Cong was awarded with 2013 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad
July 18, 2014 - Dr. Xiaojing Cong was honored with the 2013 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad. The award recognizes exceptional scientific achievements during doctoral studies and is assigned annually to 500 outstanding Chinese students abroad who are not funded by the Chinese government.
DFG Project "ERA-Chemistry: Design and synthesis of biologically inspired ion-conducting nanopores"
March 19, 2014 - The German Research Foundation (DFG, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) has funded the research project "ERA-Chemistry: Design and synthesis of biologically inspired ion-conducting nanopores" leaded by Prof. Paolo Carloni in collaboration with Prof. Dezső Boda of University of Pannonia, Veszprém. (Hungary).
DFG Project "Computer-aided design of immunotoxins for a potential anti-cancer therapy"
February 05, 2014 - The German Research Foundation (DFG, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) has funded the research project "Computer-aided design of immunotoxins for a potential anti-cancer therapy" leaded by Prof. Paolo Carloni in collaboration with Prof. Stefan Barth, director of the Department of Pharmaceutical Product Development at the Fraunhofer IME in Aachen and the Department of Experimental Medicine and Immunotherapy at the Institute for Applied Medical Engineering at the University Hospital of Aachen.
October 14, 2013 - With more than 130 research institutions from Europe and around the world on board and hundreds of scientists in a myriad of fields participating, the Human Brain Project is the most ambitious neuroscience project ever launched. Its goal is to develop methods that will enable a deep understanding of how the human brain operates. The knowledge gained will be a key element in developing new medical and information technologies.IAS-5 will contribute to the Human Brain Project by investigating scenarios in a neuronal cascade by molecular simulations.
Dr. Chao Zhang was awarded with Jülich Excellence-Prize 2013
June 15, 2013 - Dr. Chao Zhang received the Jülich Excellence-Prize 2013. The prize recognizes the exceptional scientific achievements at an early career stage, which exceed the expected standard of good young scientists by far.
In his thesis Chao Zhang provided fundamental contributions to our understanding of proton transport on cell membrane surfaces. He performed one of the largest quantum mechanical simulations in biophysics so far, using the Petaflop-computer JUGENE in Jülich in the framework of a PRACE project. With this, Chao Zhang was able to elucidate a longstanding experimental puzzle, namely how to reconcile strong binding of protons to the cell membrane surface with fast interfacial proton motion. His ab initio simulations have shown unambiguously that some protons are localized at the cell surface. However, protons located in a second interfacial water layer migrate very quickly and yet experience sufficient attractive forces to prevent release to the bulk water.
The prize have been delivered during the annual JuDocs event at the Forschungszentrum Jülich on June 15, 2013.Dr. Chao Zhang was awarded with Jülich Excellence-Prize 2013
Dr. Chao Zhang was awarded with the 2012 Chinese Government Prize for Outstanding Students Abroad
April 3, 2013 - The China Scholarship Council (CSC) awarded our former PhD student Dr. Chao Zhang with the 2012 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad. This award was founded by the Chinese government in 2003 with the purpose of rewarding the academic excellence of Chinese students studying overseas without Chinese stipend. Only those with outstanding performance in their PhD studies will be considered by the award selection panel and at most 500 young talents will be granted the award each year all over the world.
Prof. Carloni awarded Distinguished Professor
March 4, 2013 - Prof. Paolo Carloni, head of the Computational Biophysics research group at the GRS and Director of the Computational Biomedicine Institute IAS-5 at FZJ, has been awarded the title of Distinguished Professor of the Vietnam National University by the President Prof. Dr. Phan Thanh Binh of the university. The Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM), is the largest and most distinguished university in Vietnam. The Chair of International Affairs and the Chair of Scientific and Technological Affairs of VNU-HCM nominated him for this honour because of his work in scientific research and his contribution to the establishment of the computational biomedical group at VNU-HCM and continuing collaboration with several research units within VNU-HCM and other Vietnamese institutes.
September 11, 2012 - Dr. Giulia Rossetti was awarded the prestigious Friedrich-Wilhelm-Preis 2012 from RWTH Aachen University for her excellent PhD thesis"Structural aspects of the Huntingtin protein investigated by biocomputing methods"where she successfully elucidated key aspects of the structural biology of the Huntingtin protein.