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Samples from the desert in her luggage

Visiting researcher from Ethiopia investigates microorganisms at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence.
Visiting researcher at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence: Lulit Tilahun Wolde from Ethiopia.<address>© CiM - Roberto Schirdewahn</address>
© CiM - Roberto Schirdewahn

Lulit Tilahun Wolde, a biotechnologist, loves travelling. Her research regularly takes her to one of the hottest and most inhospitable places in the world: Dallol. Dallol is a region in Danakil Desert, north-east Ethiopia, where Lulit Wolde takes water and soil samples once a year among acid ponds and lava rock.

Chemists of the University of Münster develope a new method for the formation of fluorinated molecular rings

Sought-after compounds readily accessible for the first time / Science publication as “breakthrough”
Prof. Frank Glorius, Dr. Wei Li, Dr. Zackaria Nairoukh, Mario Wiesenfeldt<address>© Dr. Peter Dziemba</address>
© Dr. Peter Dziemba

Chemists led by Prof. Frank Glorius from the University of Münster have developed a new and practical synthetic method for the formation of fluorinated three-dimensional “saturated” molecular ring structures. This development can have great importance for the efficient production of new molecules and, consequently, new drugs, crop protection agents and functional materials.

“We do research to cure cancer in children and adolescents”

A lab visit to Prof. Claudia Rössig
Pediatrician Prof. Claudia Rössig is a CiM research group leader and director of the Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology of University Children’s Hospital Muenster.<address>© CiM</address>
© CiM

Pediatrician Prof. Claudia Rössig is convinced of the chances for the immunotherapeutic treatment of children with cancer. Her research group at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence is aiming to modify patients’ T cells in such a way that they can systematically recognize or destroy cancer cells in solid tumours, or at least keep them in check.

New study on the regulation of seed dormancy in plants

Researchers decode function of protein / Published in “Nature Communications”
Dr. Guillaume Née and Prof. Iris Finkemeier hold up the objects of their research: specimens of the thale cress (the small plants) which they have been analysing. Growing in the large pots are rapeseed plants. The DOG1 protein is conserved in rapeseed as well.<address>© WWU - Peter Grewer</address>
© WWU - Peter Grewer

Seed dormancy helps to determine whether plants successfully reproduce. An international team of researchers around Prof. Iris Finkemeier from Münster University, now has some new findings on molecular control. One of the things the researchers show is how two signalling pathways which lead to seed dormancy are connected with each other.

University closes non-approved facility for laboratory mice

By order of the local Veterinary Office after tip-off from within Faculty / Rector: "We are appalled at this breach of trust"
The main building of the Faculty of Medicine<address>© WWU/Peter Grewer</address>
© WWU/Peter Grewer

The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Münster has, by order of the local Veterinary Office, closed with immediate effect a non-approved facility for laboratory mice at one of the Faculty’s institutes.

Jupiter is the oldest planet of the Solar System

Cosmochemists from Münster precisely date Jupiter’s formation for the first time
Close-up view of Jupiter from &quot;Voyager 1&quot;<address>© NASA</address>
© NASA

Jupiter is the oldest planet of the Solar System, as scientists from the University of Münster now found out. They determined Jupiter’s age using meteorites and showed: At four million years after Solar System formation Jupiter was fully formed.

A lab visit to Prof. Richard Stange

"The way bones heal is fascinating"
Trauma surgeon Prof. Richard Stange is a new professor at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence.<address>© CiM - Sylwia Marschalkowski</address>
© CiM - Sylwia Marschalkowski

The 80 research groups of the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence daily deal with the question of how cells behave in the body. But what exactly do the scientists investigate? Which technique are they excited about? And what moves them beyond their own research topic?

Ideas contest “Religion and Politics”

Cluster of Excellence calls for proposals to establish new projects at the WWU
Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”<address>© Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”</address>
© Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”

The Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” has advertised an ideas contest to establish new research projects. Within the framework of the new Excellence Strategy, the Cluster of Excellence is applying for funding in the period between 2019 and 2025. Interested scholars of the WWU may apply with a short draft proposal until 30 June 2017.

A protein that degrades nerve processes

How does the nervous system develop? / Study at “Cells in Motion” Cluster of Excellence
Left: Sensory neuron of a drosophila larva. Centre: In the pupal phase cell processes normally degenerate. Right: Nerve cells lacking the protein PAR-1 exhibit strong dendrite degeneration defects.<address>© Svende Herzmann et al./Embo Journal</address>
© Svende Herzmann et al./Embo Journal

During development, some of the connections between nerve cells disappear. Researchers at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence have discovered a physiological process that plays an important role in this. The study has appeared in the “Embo Journal”.

"Blumenberg Lectures“: Metaphors of Community Spirit – Contesting Common Ground

International experts will address various social and political issues in the exhibition
Blumenberg Lectures 2017<address>© WWU</address>
© WWU

The University of Münster (WWU), in cooperation with the artistic directors of the Skulptur Projekte, will present the “Blumenberg Lectures” during the exhibition period. In this series of ten lectures international experts will address various social and political issues in the exhibition and discuss them from the perspective of their own disciplines.

Chemists receive Awards

International Precious Metal Institute honors Prof. Dr. Frank Glorius and PhD-student Johannes Ernst
PhD-student Johannes Ernst (l.) und Prof. Frank Glorius<address>© WWU/AK Glorius</address>
© WWU/AK Glorius

Two chemists from Münster receive awards from the International Precious Metals Institute: Prof. Frank Glorius, from the Organic Chemistry Institute, will receive the Faculty Advisor Award. His PhD-student Johannes Ernst will be awarded a Student Award.

Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence funds five innovative projects by young researchers

50,000 euros for junior researchers
Chemist Rebecca Buchholz (left) and physician Dr. Max Masthoff (right) are receiving funding for their first independent research project. They are developing a new contrast agent for MRI images<address>© CiM/Jean-Marie Tronquet</address>
© CiM/Jean-Marie Tronquet

Usually, interdisciplinary research is especially innovative. This is why the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence is funding five new pilot projects. Young researchers from several different disciplines have to apply for and implement the projects, for which they are themselves responsible.

"And keep your trousers on, Maximilian!"

Psychologist Prof. Regina Jucks reports on the opportunities and challenges of being a parent at the University of Münster
Prof. Regina Jucks<address>© WWU - Benedikt Weischer</address>
© WWU - Benedikt Weischer

Regina Jucks is Professor and Mother of two children. She reports on the daily challenges between work and family.

New project for enhanced salt tolerance in tomato plants

BMBF supports German-Brazilian research project with around €1.1 million
The fruits of the salt tolerant wild tomato are yellow-colored …<address>© Lázaro Peres/USP</address>
© Lázaro Peres/USP

Scientists of the University of Münster (WWU) have started a German-Brazilian research project implementing two systematic approaches to better understand mechanisms of salt tolerance in tomato plants and to generate tomato lines with enhanced salt tolerance. The BMBF supports this project.