MFPL in the media

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Group Leader Martin Leeb Interviewed by ORF

Stem cell expert Martin Leeb was interviewed by the Austrian Public Broadcaster ORF. His expertise helped understand a current breakthrough by chinese scientists who managed to create mouse babies by same sex parents with the help of modified stem cells. The story was broadcast on radio station Ö1 and published on 



Two ERC Consolidator Grants for the MFPL

Claudine Kraft (University of Vienna) and Alwin Köhler (Medical University of Vienna) were each awarded a prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant. The funding amounts to EUR 2.000.000 over the course of five years for each grant. With these two ERC Consolidator Grants, the total number of ERC grants obtained by MFPL scientists amount to nine. Der Standard, Wiener Zeitung and, among others, report.

Veni Vidi Vici: How natural killer cells conquer the superbug Klebsiella

Pavel Kovarik and his team at the MFPL together with colleagues at Queen’s University Belfast report new insights into how immune cells communicate at the site of infection and join forces in the fight against infections with the multidrug resistant superbug Klebsiella pneumoniae. Der Standard,, Salzburger Nachrichten and Wiener Zeitung, among others, report. 

When fish swim in the holodeck

Researchers at the University of Freiburg and the MFPL, in collaboration with groups at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) and the MPI for Ornithology in Konstanz, have developed a virtual reality system for freely moving animals called "FreemoVR". Der Standard, science.ORF,, MIT Technology Review and Kronen Zeitung, among others, report. 

New Christian Doppler Laboratory at the University of Vienna/MFPL

Kristina Djinovic-Carugo and Robert Konrat from the Department of Structural Biology and Computational Biology at the MFPL will run the new Christian Doppler Laboratory, which is concerned with knowledge-based structural biology and biotechnology. The scientists at the CD-laboratory will investigate potential applications of protein structure in the development of new therapeutic methods for a variety of diseases. Die Presse, Industriemagazin and Österreich Journal report.

A new tool to decipher evolutionary biology

Arndt von Haeseler and his team at the MFPL, together with scientists from Australia and Canada, have developed a revolutionary bioinformatics tool that allows previously unattainable insights into protein evolution. Die Presse, Life Science AustriaArchaeology News Network and Laboratory Equipment report.

Three-dimensional map shows genome structure of stem cells

For the first time, Martin Leeb, group leader at the MFPL, together with scientists of the University of Cambridge succeeded in calculating the 3D structures of mammalian genomes in single haploid stem cells. Science.ORF, Der Standard, Wiener Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Spiegel Online, among others, report.

Shedding light on the brakes of Akt activity

Hyperactivation of the protein kinase Akt can be found in almost 50% of all human tumors. The teams of Thomas Leonard and Ivan Yudushkin at the MFPL now discovered a new model for the regulation of Akt, that limits its activity to cellular membranes. Der Standard and Ecancer, among others, report.


One more piece in the puzzle of liver cancer identified

Manuela Baccarini and her team at the MFPL identified an unexpected key player in liver cancer. RAF1, a known oncogene in many different types of cancer, acts as tumour suppressor in Hepatocellular carcinoma, as Österreich Journal, APA and Ärzte Zeitung report.

A molecular switch between Life, Sex and Death

Marine bristle worms need to decide whether to grow or reproduce, as parent worms die shortly after mating. Researchers in Florian Raible’s group at the MFPL and Medical University of Vienna identified the molecule responsible for that decision. Die PresseDer Standard and Science.ORF, among others, report.

Right timing is crucial in life

Kristin Tessmar-Raible and her team at the MFPL identified genes that are necessary for the region-dependent regulation of the two internal clocks of Clunio marinus, as Der Standard and Neue Zürcher Zeitung report.

Taking out the cellular trash

Claudine Kraft and her group at the MFPL describe how Atg1, a main player in the vital process of autophagy, is regulated in both space and time, as Der Standard, APA and Science Daily, among others, report.

A potential new treatment against fungal infections

Scientists at the MFPL and IMBA have discovered a completely new mechanism that could lead to a treatment for life-threatening fungal infections: blocking the CBL-B enzyme boosts the immune response against the pathogenic fungus Candida albicans. APABionity, DocCheck

Christopher Campbell wins FWF START Grant

MFPL group leader Christopher Campbell received a prestigious FWF START grant. The project focuses on the basic cellular mechanisms that ensure the even distribution of chromosomes to the two daughter cells during cell division, as Der Standard and ORF report.

“Daedalus Dilemma” of the Immune System

Pavel Kovarik and his group have shown that in the defense against group A Streptococci infections a perfectly synchronized interplay of IL-1β and type I interferon controls the strength of the immune response and thus offer new approaches to the treatment of severe streptococcal infections as Der Standard, Medical News Today and Science Daily among others, report.

Prototype awards for RNA and Parkinson’s research at MFPL

Renée Schroeder and her team (with their research on RNA sequences called RAP) and Robert Konrat and his team (with their research on a protein with analog function to α-synuclein (α-syn), an essential player in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease) were awarded the prototype funding (PRIZE) of the Ministry of Science, Research and Economics. Österreich Journal 

ERC Consolidator Grant for Alipasha Vaziri

MFPL group leader Alipasha Vaziri has been awarded the prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council for his research on imaging methods for the depiction of networks in the brain, as reported on in Wiener Zeitung and Der Standard


MFPL researchers describe mechanism behind premature aging disease

Roland Foisner and his group at MFPL have described a yet unknown mechanism behind progeria that may provide new approaches for therapy, as Der Standard, Kurier and Die Presse, amongst others, report.

Cells in search of identity

Die Presse and Der Standard featured a portrait of microbiologist and “WWTF Young Investigator” 2014 Martin Leeb, who has recently started his work at MFPL.

For a good gut feeling

MFPL Group Leader Thomas Decker and his team have investigated one of the signaling pathways related to colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease, in more detail. Their results, published in Molecular and Cellular Biology, were subject of several articles, e.g. in Der Standard and DocCheck News.

A clear view for the Vienna Biocenter

In its 2014 Life Sciences Call ‘Imaging’, the Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF) aims to stimulate innovative biological and biomedical applications of novel imaging technologies and to foster collaboration between biologists and physicists. Among the successful applications were three projects from researchers of the Vienna Biocenter (VBC), among them MFPL Group Leaders Alipasha Vaziri and Dea Slade. Die Presse and Der Standard devoted articles to this topic.

Kristin Tessmar-Raible awarded Berta Karlik professorship

MFPL group leader Kristin Tessmar-Raible has received one of three Berta Karlik professorships of the University of Vienna, as Der Standard reports.

ERC Consolidator Grant for Sascha Martens

MFPL group leader Sascha Martens has been awarded a prestigious 'ERC Consolidator Grant' from the European Research Council, as Der Standard reports.

WWTF grants for outstanding young scientists

In the second call of the "Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators" program of the Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF) two positions, each funded with up to 1,6 million euros, went to the MFPL: Martin Leeb and Chris Campbell were granted funding. The outstanding result was subject of several articles, e.g. in Der Standard, Die Presse and the Kurier.


The origin of the language of life

Over the past two years, Bojan Zagrovic and his team have revealed several surprising clues that may help unlock the mystery of the origin of the genetic code. Their results, published in Nucleic Acids Research, were presented in the Wiener Zeitung.

ERC Starting Grant for Angela Hancock

MFPL junior group leader Angela Hancock was awarded a Starting Grant from the European Research Council, which will provide 1,5 million euros over the next five years, as Der Standard reports.

First myriapod genome sequence reveals surprises

Researchers present the genome analysis of the centipede Strigamia maritima in PLOS Biology in a collaborative study involving VIPS Postdoc Tobias Kaiser and the MFPL groups of Kristin Tessmar-Raible and Arndt von Haeseler, as Der Standard reports.

Meiotic division 'the other way round'

Gabriela Cabral and Peter Schlögelhofer dived into the process of meiosis in specific plant species and revealed that these plants display an inversion of the standard meiotic phases. Their findings, published in Nature Communications, attracted the attention of LabTimes, Der Standard, Laborjournal and ScienceCodex.

Start signal for transcription of stressed genes identified

What happens when a cell is stressed? Christian Seiser and his team addressed this question. Their results published in Genome Research could help to develop therapeutics to treat stress-related disease and were subject of several articles, e.g. in Der Standard and on ScienceDaily.

Progress in the fight against harmful fungi

Researchers at the MFPL have created one of the three world's largest gene libraries for the human pathogen Candida glabrata. Molecular analysis of the mutations led to the discovery of 28 new genes that are partly responsible for the yeast's tolerance of common drugs, as Der Standard reports.

High-speed imaging method captures entire brain activity

Researchers at the IMP and the MFPL collaborated with scientists at the MIT to create an imaging system that reveals neural activity throughout the entire nervous system of living animals.The study published in Nature Methods was presented in Der Standard, and Wiener Zeitung.

100th birthday of Max F. Perutz

Max F. Perutz, the Austrian Nobel Prize winner after whom our laboratories are named, would have turned 100 on 19 May 2014. On this occasion, Der Standard and Wiener Zeitung published articles on his life and achievements.

Breakthrough for Platynereis model system

Stephanie Bannister, VIPS Postdoc in Florian Raible’s group, spearheaded the establishment of customized transcriptional activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs) as a tool to engineer targeted modifications in Platynereis genes. Der Standard and Wiener Zeitung, amongst others, reported on the study published in Genetics.

How the body fights against viruses

A recent study by the team of Michael Jantsch (MFPL) and Frédéric Allain (ETH Zürich) published in PNAS Plus sheds the first light on the question of how the human genome is protected from inadvertent import of viral RNA into the nucleus, as Der Standard, Kurier, DocCheckNews and the Wiener Zeitung, amongst others, report.

Light regulation of gene expression

Andrea Barta's group, in collaboration with research groups in Argentina and Scotland, show that variations in light conditions affect alternative splicing of a subset of Arabidopsis genes via signals from chloroplasts. The findings published in Science were presented in Der Standard,, Chemiereport and the Wiener Zeitung.

Long Night of Research 2014

Friday, 4th April 2014, saw the sixth edition of the Long Night of Research (LNF 2014) in Austria – the largest and most successful to date. MFPL joined the Medical University of Vienna at the AKH campus with 3 stations. Vielgesundheit – Das Wiener Gesundheitsmagazin broadcasted some impressions of the night.

Sometimes the average just isn't good enough

Bojan Zagrovic and his team show that averaging is not always a good thing when it comes to analyzing protein crystal structures. Der Standard and Science Daily, amongst others, give a summary of the recent publication in Nature Communications.

The double-stranded transcriptome of Escherichia coli

The recent study by Renée Schroeder's group published in PNAS was presented in Der Standard.

Brain development: Researchers identify key protein

Christian Seiser and his group have identified a specific enzyme, histone deacetylase 2 (HDAC2), as essential for brain development. Der Standard, DocCheckNews, ScienceDaily and News-Medical, amongst others, reported on the study published in Development.

Not just clean but spotless - how cells tidy up

New findings from the team of Claudine Kraft published in Molecular Cell give insights into how cells dispose of their waste, as reported, amongst others, in the print and online edition of Der Standard and on MedicalNewsToday, ScienceDaily and MedicalXpress.


Infection with the common cold virus: scientists reveal new insights

The publication of Dieter Blaas and his group, in collaboration with two Spanish groups, attracted wide attention. The new insights published in PNAS were depicted in Der Standard and Die Presse as well as in the print editions of the daily newspapers Kurier and the Kronen Zeitung.

Surprising role of gene regulator protein in skin tumor development

Findings by MFPL group leader Christian Seiser and his team reveal a surprising role for histone deacetylase 1 (HDAC1) – a member of a family of chromatin modifying proteins – in the development of skin tumors. The findings were presented in several articles, e.g. in the Salzburger Nachrichten, on ScienceDaily and on MedicalXpress.

Protein may serve as biomarker for pancreatic cancer

U.S. researchers together with Gerhard Wiche and Günther Rezniczek (a former member of the Wiche Group) have now shown that plectin is a potential biomarker for pancreatic carcinoma and have described its probable function. Der Standard reported on their findings published in PNAS.

Chronobiology: Not everything revolves around the sun

Kristin Tessmar-Raible and her team at the MFPL showed that separate inner clocks, one for the day (set by the sun) and one for the month (set by the moon) exist. They received widespread acclaim. Articles have been published in Nature News & Comment, Die Zeit, Die Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Focus Online, Die Welt, Die Presse and Der Standard, amongst others.

New book: Campus Vienna Biocenter

Contemporary historian Maria Wirth has now traced the history of the Campus Vienna Biocenter. The book was presented in Die Presse and Der Standard.

Capturing brain activity with sculpted light

Scientists at the Campus Vienna Biocenter have found a way to record the activity of a worm’s brain with high temporal and spatial resolution, ultimately linking brain anatomy to brain function. Several Newspapers, e.g. Der Standard, DocCheck News, Wiener Zeitung and Medical News, presented the findings.

Keeping centrioles in check to ensure proper cell division

Der Standard reported on the recent publication of Alex Dammermann and his team in Current Biology. They have been investigating how the duplication of centrioles, a key component of the cell division machinery, is coordinated with the cell cycle.

1 million euro FFG funding to boost structural biology research

The successful extension of funding as a “Laura Bassi Centre of Excellence” for the Center for Optimized Structural Studies (COSS), headed by structural biologist Kristina Djinovic-Carugo, was the subject of several articles, including the Austrian Association of Molecular Life Sciences and Biotechnology, innovationsreport, the Österreich Journal and BioPortfolio.

Haute couture for proteins

Der Standard describes the research area of Kristina Djinovic-Carugo and her team.

10 years of research in Austria

In this article published by Der Standard, the foundation of the Max F. Perutz Laboratories is mentioned as a milestone in 2005.

Research and funding in Austria

Claudine Kraft is one of Austria´s top young scientists, as Der Standard reports. Claudine was also chosen as the cover model of the Der Standard  "decennium" print edition.

The top researchers of tomorrow

Kristin Tessmar-Raible and Claudine Kraft were featured in the "decennium" of Der Standard as "promising young scientists of tomorrow". They were chosen by scientists who won the Wittgenstein Prize, the highest award for scientists in Austria, in recent years. Renée Schroeder, who won the Prize in 2003, also got to vote for a young talent. She chose Julius Brennecke (IMBA).

The Journal Impact Factor as a flawed metric?

On the occasion of the recently published "San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment", Der Standard wanted to know what researchers of the MFPL think of the Impact Factor as a primary parameter with which to compare the scientific output of individuals and institutions.

Biochemistry: Rear view of an enzyme

A research from the Klein lab showed that SUMO chains are required for the formation of the synaptonemal complex and thus proper meiotic cell division. The study published in Molecular Cell caused widespread interest, resulting in a "News & Views" article in Nature.

Flu and bacteria: better prognosis for this potentially fatal combination

The new insights by Amanda Jamieson and her collaborators into how much harm bacteria cause to the lung of flu patients were presented in several articles, e.g. in the print editions of the Kurier and the Wiener Zeitung, DocCheck News, LABORPRAXIS, ScienceDaily, ScienceWorldReport and Medical Xpress.

When microbes feed on the intestinal mucosa

The publication in PNAS attracted wide attention. Der Standard, the “ärztemagazin”, DRadio Wissen, scinexx, Medical Xpress, and Bio-Medicine reported on the new technology NanoSIMS that allows to observe mucosa-eating microorganisms in the gut.

Tipping the balance of signaling pathways

Der Standard and the Falter report on a recent discovery by the Baccarini Group that gives new cues for an individualized therapy approach for cancer patients.

Research quality in Vienna

In an interview with the Wiener Zeitung, Graham Warren, Scientific Director of the MFPL, is praising Vienna as an important hub for science and research.

Immune biologist identifies new switch in immune response

Der Standard, Oberösterreichische Nachrichten and the Tiroler Tageszeitung as well as LABORPRAXIS present the findings of Pavel Kovarik and his team, who identified the protein CDK8 as a critical regulator of the body’s immune system.

FWF president and Minister of Science and Research visit the MFPL

The Wiener Zeitung reports on the future plans of the FWF to support doctoral studies, and the collateral benefits and quality increase such programs have brought so far.


1962: Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to Max F. Perutz

50 years ago, Max. F. Perutz was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. On this occasion, Der Standard dedicated an article to the extraordinary teacher and scientist.

Getting in touch with Nobel Laureates

Each autumn, Nobel Laureates are invited to Vienna to talk about their work. Besides attending the lectures, students are able to join the Nobel Laureates for visits to the labs of Vienna-based world class scientists, for example at the MFPL. Der Standard encouraged to join the events.

Centrosome: the great unknown

Der Standard and Die Presse asked START-awardee Alexander Dammermann to explain the form and the function of the cellular skeleton.

Evolution is not always economical

The discovery of a single RNA-relic could be important to explain evolutionary processes, as Der Standard and the Wiener Zeitung report.

Geneticists learn from the immune system of bacteria

The Wiener Zeitung reports on a paper in Nature that shows how a certain defense mechanism of bacteria can be used as a powerful research tool.

Bonobo genome decoded

A new study published in the renowned science journal Nature reveals the genetic code of bonobos for the first time. Ines Hellmann, a population geneticist in MFPL's Hermisson group, took part in the analysis of the data. Der Standard summarized the findings and the impact of the study.

New MFPL doctoral program 'Chromosome Dynamics'

MFPL's new course of studies attracted attention from Der Standard and Salzburger Nachrichten.

VIPS program transforms postdoc education

Several newspapers, amongst them Der Standard and Die Presse, reported on the results of the first 18 months of the MFPL VIPS program.

Mapping heart muscle precursor cells

The Weitzer group publish a 'family tree' of heart muscle cells, as reported here.

The role of chance in science

Der Standard asked several researchers, amongst them Renée Schroeder, what chance means for them and their work.

Berta-Karlik professorship for Verena Jantsch

This appointment lead to several articles, some about the professorships, such as this Der Standard article, and others profiling her research.

Proteins that enable new blood vessels to form

A new publication of the Baccarini group in Developmental Cell is the subject of articles in Der Standard and the Wiener Zeitung.

The evolution of photosynthesis

Wolfgang Löffelhardt contributed to a collaboration that lead to a Science paper and several articles, such as this Der Standard report, this Die Presse article or this ORF story.


"Think Alternative: Insights from Unconventional Model Organisms"

Der Standard's preview of the Vienna Bio Center's PhD Symposium, which MFPL students helped to plan.

The Bacterial Ribosome at the Cutting Edge of Stress

The Moll group's paper on novel stress responses in bacteria as summarized in Der Standard.

The chicken, the egg, and the origins of life

Renée Schroeder's popular science book 'Die Henne und das Ei' has received widespread acclaim. Articles have been published in Der Standard,, Die Presse and Universum, amongst others.

At the frontiers of art and science

Der Standard discusses the work of MFPL postdoc Tanja Gesell.

Self-organisation phenomena in embryonic stem cells

The significance of a publication by the Weitzer group is explained in this article from Der Standard.

New perspectives on meiosis

This Der Standard article explains the significance of a new paper in Cell published by the Klein group.

Awards for MFPL

Every year, researchers at MFPL receive many different awards, honors and funding, and resulting attention in the press. Recent recipients of prizes include Bojan Zagrovic, Alwin Köhler, Graham Warren and Renée Schroeder.

Organised chaos in your genes

Der Standard profiles MFPL group leader Alwin Köhler and his work on the role of nuclear pore complexes in genome regulation.

How the body defends itself against streptococci

Der Standard reports on Pavel Kovarik's publication on how the immune system recognizes invading streptococci using nucleic acids from the interior of the cell.

Successful construction of an artificial cell membrane

Der Standard describes Sascha Marten's success in constructing an artificial cell membrane, filling it and mimicking the movement of substances out of the cell.

Awakening interest in the life sciences

A summary of a panel discussion in which MFPL group leader Renée Schroeder gives her opinion on what needs to be done to interest young people in discovery research.

How vaccinations become more effective

Die Presse reports on Thomas Decker and Alexander von Gabain's research, which will contribute to ways of making immunization more effective.

Girls' day in Vienna

Der Standard reports on the MFPL's contribution to Vienna's Girls' Day, which gave teenage girls an insight into some atypical jobs.

How cells take out their trash

A profile of Claudine Kraft describes her work in the field of autophagy.

The leaky pipeline

Der Standard reports on a panel discussion about women in research featuring Manuela Baccarini.

When the immune system goes over the top

This Der Standard article outlines Karl Kuchler's findings on the signalling mechanisms in fungal infections.

At the crossroads of physics and biology

Der Standard discusses the research plans of new MFPL group leader Alipasha Vaziri.