Researchers make a fly’s heartbeat visible

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Researchers at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence have developed a new method for visualizing the heartbeat of living fruit-fly pupae and automatically recording the pulse frequency. The study is the result of interdisciplinary cooperation between computer scientists and biologists.


“I’m still driven by curiosity”

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Blood vessels are Prof. Ralf Adams’ great interest in his research. The group leader at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence is studying how they are formed, how they interact with tissue and how they influence bone growth. His great wish is to be able to transfer his findings to diseases models.


Transmitting stimuli in nerve cells

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Glutamate is known as an flavour enhancer. But without the body’s own glutamate, nerve cells cannot transmit any signals. Researchers at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence have shown how glutamate gets into nerve cells to the right places, describing the key role played by chloride.


Journalists visit animal testing lab

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In November, CiM researchers Prof. Michael Schäfers and Prof. Stefan Schlatt demonstrated experiments with mice to journalists and gave insights into how different animals are kept at Münster University. The University has compiled an experience report and a collection of links to press articles.

Apply now: 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. 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)

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We will be happy to send you a free copy of our brochure "Cells in Motion – Dynamic Research in the Cluster of Excellence" by post. Please contact us via cim@uni-muenster.de.