In the Multiscale Imaging Centre (MIC) that is currently under construction, researchers will be bringing together a broad spectrum of biomedical imaging processes to be used in studying the behaviour of cells in organisms. The building gives a structural basis for the long-term establishment of the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence research concept at the university.
Research is fascinating: The Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence wants to pass on knowledge in a way that everyone can understand. The researchers do this through multimedia content on this website, in the form of events and in dialogue with the media.
Biologist Dr. Lena Goedecke investigates how nerve cells in the brain communicate with each other and regulate anxiety reactions. In a guest article, she gives insights into her doctoral thesis, which she did at the graduate school of the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence.
Researchers at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence have discovered that curvatures of cell membranes trigger a self-organising system. As a result, cells can move in the same direction over a longer distance, forming search patterns. The study has been published in the journal “Nature Physics”.
Mathematician Prof. Angela Stevens from the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence understands mathematics and biology as equal partners. She contributes to the explanation and prediction of biological phenomena with the aid of mathematics. One example is the role of cell motility in developmental processes.
The Cells-in-Motion Brown-Bag Lunch encourages junior researchers from different scientific disciplines to exchange ideas in an informal atmosphere. The University of Münster is presenting this scientific lunchtime meeting in a current article about interdisciplinary culture among junior researchers.
Dynamic plays a central role in the research of the three Clusters of Excellence at the University of Münster. Prof. Lydia Sorokin, spokesperson of "Cells in Motion", as well as the representatives of the other two Clusters of Excellence explain how they understand and use "dynamics" in their research.
Immunologist Ana-Maria Lennon-Duménil from Paris has recently held a lecture at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence. PhD students from the “Women in Science” network at the Cluster have talked to her about the importance of sharing, the unstable state as a scientist and the question of how to deal with gender bias.