News Archive - 2018
Dec 19, 2018 Structural Biology: Hammock at the end of the tunnel

Hardly built, already changed: Proteins are essential for every cell. LMU structural biologists show for the first time how the fresh amino acid chains are chemically modified on the ribosome before they fold into the finished protein.

Dec 14, 2018 Bettencourt Prize: Renowned award for Veit Hornung

The immunologist Professor Veit Hornung of the LMU Gene Center has been awarded the Liliane Bettencourt Prize for Life Sciences for his research on mechanisms of the innate immune system to recognize "alien" molecular patterns.

Dec 02, 2018 Two faculty members among Highly Cited Researchers: Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Bein and Prof. Dr. med. Veit Hornung

Ten LMU faculty members are among the authors listed in “Highly Cited Researchers 2018”. The ranking is based on an analysis of the citation history of scholarly publications, and covers the Natural, Social and Medical Sciences.

Dec 01, 2018 Molecular motors: Chemical carousel rotates in the cold

LMU chemists have developed the first molecular motor that can be powered by light alone. Its operation is therefore essentially independent of the temperature.

Nov 16, 2018 Research Day at the Department of Pharmacy

On November 30, 2018 there will be the DAY OF RESEARCH AT THE DEPARTMENT OF PHARMACY.

Oct 18, 2018 New Cluster of Excellence e-conversion

Photocells, catalysis, batteries? What is the most efficient and sustainable way to capture and convert energy into useful forms? The new Cluster, which will will receive funding from 2019 on, will study the processes that take place at the interfaces between different materials.

Sep 18, 2018 Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker: Wolfgang Schnick receives Liebig commemorative coin

For his outstanding achievements in the field of inorganic chemistry, the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh) honors Professor Wolfgang Schnick with the Liebig commemorative coin.

Sep 13, 2018 Measuring the nanoworld

Researchers establish a benchmark for the accurate determination of internal dimensions within individual molecules.

Sep 03, 2018 Chromatin structure: Slip-sliding away …

The DNA in the cell nucleus is highly condensed, and genes must be rendered accessible before they can be activated. An LMU team has now described the action of a protein complex that serves as a yardstick to measure lengths of exposed DNA.

Aug 29, 2018 Biomimetic chemistry: Carbohydrate capture

LMU chemists have designed and synthesized a helical molecule that specifically recognizes and binds to a disaccharide consisting of two five-carbon sugar units.

Aug 21, 2018 Metabolism Research How do muscles know what time it is?

How do muscle cells prepare for the particular metabolic challenges of the day? A new study has uncovered a metabolic network which is, contrary to expectations, not controlled by the brain but rather by the circadian clock of muscle cells.

Aug 02, 2018 ERC grants New projects at LMU

In its latest funding round, the European Research Council (ERC) has awarded Starting Grants to ten junior researchers.

Jul 19, 2018 For the first time preliminary course for chemistry teacher's students

In coming winter semester, for the first time a theoretical and practical preliminary course in chemistry didactics will be held from 19.-28. September 2018 for prospective students of chemistry.

Jul 18, 2018 Origins of life: Working group receives high funding

The group of Prof. Thomas Carell from the Department of Chemistry of the LMU has won a million-dollar grant from the Volkswagen Foundation.

Jul 11, 2018 UV photodamage: RNA strand enables trapping of uracil in the critical state

Researchers led by Regina de Vivie-Riedle, a professor of theoretical chemistry at LMU Munich, have found indications for a base-independent mechanism that can decrease the photostability of the RNA base uracil.

Jun 28, 2018 Light-sensitive Molecules: Homing in on the hula twist

The hula twist is no longer an unproven postulate: LMU chemists have now directly shown that a light-sensitive molecule can perform this complex photoreaction. This has inter alia implications for the development of novel molecular machines.

Jun 21, 2018 Krupp Foundation: Julian Stingele receives highly endowed award

Julian Stingele, Professor at the LMU Gene Center, has been awarded the Alfried Krupp Prize for Young University Teachers.

Jun 14, 2018 Foundation stone layed: Institute of Chemical Epigenetics will be built

The LMU is adding a new central element to its high-tech campus at Großhadern. By 2020, a new building is to be built where researchers will investigate important mechanisms of genetic control.

Jun 13, 2018 Bacterial enzymes: The biological role of europium

Rare earth elements (REEs) are an indispensable component of the digital technologies that are now an integral part of our everyday life. Yet their biological role has been discovered only recently. A few years ago it became apparent that these metals are essential elements for methano- and methylotrophic bacteria. One representative is the bacterium Methylacidiphilum fumariolicum SolV, which was found in a volcanic mudpot near Naples, Italy, and is known to be strictly dependent on REEs such as lanthanum and cerium for its growth.

Jun 12, 2018 Structural biology: Until the last cut

Ribosomes are the cell’s protein factories. LMU researchers have now structurally characterized late stages in the assembly of the human small ribosomal subunit, yielding detailed insights into their maturation principles.

May 23, 2018 Research funding: New Collaborative Research Centres for LMU

Mechanisms of epigenetics, the evolution of life and the question of how the immune system distinguishes the body’s own from foreign DNA: The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) will fund three new large-scale projects.

May 16, 2018 Nanomedicine: Targeting cancer cells with sugars

Globally, cancer is the second leading cause of death, also because the efficiency of chemotherapeutics is inadequate due to poor delivery to the tumor. Prof. Olivia Merkel and her team develop targeted nanocarrier systems to increase the delivery rates of therapeutic formulations and their specific uptake into the target cells.

Apr 23, 2018 8th GO-Bio round: Prestigious funding won by LMU scientists.

The BMBF funding initiative GO-Bio supports life-science researchers who are looking to turn their innovative ideas into successful businesses and products. One of the 8 winner-teams in the 8th selection round is coming from the LMU Department of Pharmacy.

Apr 17, 2018 Molecular Engine: See through

LMU researchers analyze the rotation of a molecular motor using ultrafast spectroscopy and quantum mechanical calculations.

Apr 16, 2018 Structural biology: The art of unpacking

DNA is tightly packed into the nucleus of a cell. Nevertheless, the cellular machinery needs to constantly access the genomic information. An LMU team now reveals the inner workings of a molecular motor made of proteins which packs and unpacks DNA.

Apr 10, 2018 Mentoring Program of the Faculty

The Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy has developed a new format for its mentoring program.

Apr 03, 2018 Biomimetic chemistry: DNA mimic outwits viral enzyme

Not only can synthetic molecules mimic the structures of their biological models, they can also take on their functions and may even successfully compete with them, as an artificial DNA sequence designed by LMU chemist Ivan Huc now shows.

Apr 02, 2018 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Price: Lucas Jae is one of the 2018 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz prize winners

Dr. Lucas Jae, independent group leader at the LMU Gene Center since 2016, has received Germany’s most important prize for junior scientists today!

Mar 28, 2018 Try out current research yourself: the school's lab has been successfully launched

Try out current research yourself: the school's lab has been successfully launched

Mar 23, 2018 Biomimetic chemistry: Ribosome tolerates artificial foldamers

Chemist Ivan Huc creates artificial folded molecular architectures called ‘foldamers’.

Mar 22, 2018 Molecular biology: Intracellular transport in 3D

LMU researchers have visualized the complex interplay between protein synthesis, transport and modification.

Mar 05, 2018 Sino-German Young Research Symposium "Nanopharmaceuticals"

From April 6th to 8th, 30 young and established scientists from China, Germany and neighboring countries will meet at LMU to present their research in the field of nanopharmaceuticals.

Feb 01, 2018 Pharmakologie: Schalter für die zelluläre Steuerung

LMU researchers have developed a method that enables cell-surface receptors to be switched on and off at will. The technique promises to provide new insights into receptor functions and their effects on intracellular signaling pathways.

Jan 31, 2018 Molecular machines: Piecework at the nano assembly line

Scientists at LMU and TUM have developed a novel electric propulsion technology for nanorobots. It allows molecular machines to move a hundred thousand times faster than with the biochemical processes used to date.

Jan 18, 2018 Chemical evolution: Progenitors of the living world

RNA was probably the first informational molecule. Now LMU chemists have demonstrated that alternation of wet and dry conditions could have sufficed to drive the prebiotic synthesis of the RNA nucleosides found in all domains of life.

Jan 17, 2018 Photonic crystals: New generation of ultra-thin moisture sensors

Photonic crystals comprising very few layers of 2D-nanosheets and nanoparticles or two alternating nanosheet materials represent a new generation of ultrathin humidity sensors. NIM chemist Prof Dr Bettina Lotsch and her team have developed functional colorimetric sensing materials with increased sensitivity, better optical quality and reduced production cost.

Jan 02, 2018 Schüler-Info-Tag 2018

Highlights sind die große Chemievorlesung sowie Führungen, Experimente und Vorträge für Schüler auf dem gesamten Campus. Die Studiengangskoordinatoren stellen die Studiengänge der Fakultät vor.

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