Do particles really sink into cells?

© Hanley, Liashkovich

Since 1977 scientists have assumed that particles, such as bacteria, are eaten up by immune cells (a process termed phagocytosis) in two different ways. In this project, a physician and biologist and a biophysicist from the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence show that there is actually a common mode of uptake.


Interdisciplinary Graduate School Meeting

The annual meeting of the CiM-IMPRS Graduate School is entirely organised by the students. The programme entitled "From cells to organisms: Insights into biomolecular mechanisms" includes a variety of talks and poster presentations covering the fields of biology, chemistry, biophysics, mathematics and computational science.

© Dominique Förster, Stefan Luschnig

Register Now! International CiM Symposium

The Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence welcomes international top class researchers to the CiM symposium „Cells in Motion: Pattern formation in space and time“. In interdisciplinary sessions and talks, experts from chemistry, mathematics, physics, biology and medicine will present their current research questions and findings.

Apply by 1 May: PhD positions in the life and natural sciences

The CiM-IMPRS Graduate School offers 16 positions to pursue PhD projects in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science. PhD projects range from the analysis of basic cellular processes to clinical translation, from the application of novel biophysical approaches and the generation of mathematical models to the development of new imaging-related techniques and chemical compounds.

Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence (CiM)

More than 90 research groups from five faculties at the University of Münster and from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Biomedicine, are integrated in the Cluster of Excellence. Researchers from the fields of medicine, biology, chemistry and pharmacy, mathematics and computer science, and physics work together to comprehensively investigate cellular behaviour in organisms.

CiM was awarded 33 million euros funding for 5 years. Since 2012, these funds have permitted recruitment of eight new professorships and three new junior research groups, and the establishment of the CiM-IMPRS Graduate School. CiM has been instrumental for the instigation of a unique master's degree course in Experimental Medicine and researchers have undertaken interdisciplinary work in 70 CiM-funded projects.

© CiM - Peter Grewer

Science for the Public

Researchers working at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence want to share their fascination with the public and pass on their knowledge in a way that everyone can understand. They do this in the form of events, through multimedia online content and in dialogue with the media.

Dynamic Cells – Dynamic Research

© CiM - Michael Kuhlmann

We will be happy to send you a free copy of the brochure "Cells in Motion – Dynamic Research in the Cluster of Excellence" by post. It gives an overview of CiM's aims and activities and the achievements since the commencement of funding. CiM researchers tell their own personal stories and report on the interactions and projects made possible by CiM. Of course, you will also find all the content here on our website.