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18.-19.04.2017: Life Science PhD Meeting 2017

On April 18th/19th the annual Life Science PhD Meeting 2017 took place at the Center of Chemistry and Biomedicine (CCB) in Innsbruck. The event featured three outstanding plenary speakes, 24 short presentations selected from the submitted abstracts, a "Careers in Industry" workshop and a smashing party at the end of the symposium.

Those were the 2017 plenary speakers:
  • Prof. Catherina Becker (University of Edinburgh): Successful regeneration of the spinal cord
  • Prof. Jörg Köhl (University of Lübeck): Complement controls glucosylceramide accumulation and tissue inflammation in Gaucher disease
  • Prof. Arnoud Sonnenberg (Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam): Molecular basis of cell adhesion to the extracellular matrix

For further information, please visit the official website!

Source (text and pictures): https://www.i-med.ac.at/oeh/phd/lifesciencemeeting/ (02.05.2017)


   
16.-18.03.2017: MCBO Mid-term Review Retreat in Neustift/South Tyrol

In March 2017, the MCBO community dedicated three days to the mid-term review of the ongoing thesis projects. 22 PhD students presented their research in short talks and discussed the progress and future directions of their projects with the MCBO faculty and three scientific advisory board members (Manuela Baccarini/Vienna, Marc Freichel/ Heidelberg and Michael Sixt/Vienna). 

Finally, a guest lecture on “Molecular control of cellular navigation” by Michael Sixt completed the program. At night we enjoyed the traditional South Tyrolean cuisine a nearby restaurant and on Friday we had a concert with dance by the MCBO band, The Molecular Shape Shifters.

The romantic meeting venue at the Abby of Neustift, combined with amazing sunny spring weather, provided a beautiful setting, and a tour to the Ötzi Museum in Bozen at the end of the program gave the final cultural touch to this intensive meeting.

   
01.04.2016 Life Science Innsbruck Phd Symposium

On March 31st and April 1st, the PHD student representatives of the Medical University of Innsbruck and the three FWF doctoral programs—Molecular Cell Biology and Oncology (MCBO), Signal Processing in Neurons (SPIN) and Host Response in Opportunistic Infections (HOROS)—hosted a joint science symposium in cooperation with CIIT, CMBI and SFB44.

For the first Life Science Innsbruck PhD Symposium, an extensive program was compiled. Besides a PhD Student's Career Workshop, guest lectures were given by John Cryan University College Cork (IE), Stefan Niemann from Research Centre Borstel (DE), Tomas Kirchhausen from Harvard University (US), and Jürgen Knoblich from the IMBA Vienna (AT). All four provided fascinating insights into the latest developments of their research.

During the event, students and postdocs presented their research results in the form of posters. This year's Posters awards went to Katarina Danzl (group Bernhard, University Clinic for cardiac surgery), Anna-Maria Dietl (group Haas, Section of Molecular Biology), and Thomas Hoernes (group Hüttenhofer, Division of Genomics and RNomics).

24 PhD students and postdocs were selected to present their work in short talks to a wide audience. The Best Oral Presentation Awards were given to Vincenzo Mastrolia (group Flucher, Section Physiology), Stephanie to Nedden (group Baier-Bitterly Division of Neurobiochemistry) and Rita Ferreira Caramalho (group Lackner, Division of Hygiene and Medical Microbiology).

This year’s alumni lecture was delivered by Michael Haffner (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA) and Melanie Ramberger (Medical University Innsbruck, AT), who presented their results related to cancer and sleep research.

The prizes for the best publications resulting from the doctoral thesis research in the MCBO PhD program were awarded to Victoria Klepsch Pedit (group Kleiter / Baier, Section on cytogenetics) and to Alexandra Pinggera (group Striessnig, Section of Pharmacology and Toxicology). The best publication prize of the SPIN PhD program was given to Luca Zangrandi (group Black, section of Pharmacology).

   
31.03.2016 Career Workshop at Life Science Innsbruck PhD Symposium

For the first Life Science Innsbruck PhD Symposium the student representatives organized a career workshop and were proud to present (from right to left) Prof. John F. Cryan (UCC Ireland), Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Steinreiber PhD (Sandoz, Head of Anti-Infectives Business Unit) and Ass. Prof. Dr. Natascha Kleiter (MUI). Former PhD representative Dr. Sebastian Klepsch (QC Manager Lab Head at Sandoz), moderated the event, in which each guest explained what was important for them to reach their current career position. The invited speakers gave advice on important considerations for pursuing a career in academia or industry and how to combine it with family and recreational time.

A big “thank you” for the speaker´s support and for the lively participation of the large audience!
 

   
14.10.2015 Kicking off the new term with a methods-seminar

Early in the new semester, on the 14th of October, an old tradition was reawakened when another session of the famous „methods-seminar“ took place. For this purpose, well-renown speakers from the distinguished MCB(O) circle followed our invitation to educate the group on selected topics. Hence, the following talks were held:

1) "Western Blot – tales about the background of doom vs bands of hope and other adventures" Manuel Haschka,
2) "Liquid chromatography-principles, method development and applications" Johannes Hochleitner,
3) "3D Printing a Hands-On Introduction" Georg Altenbacher;

In addition, yummy pizzas and beverages were sponsored by the MCB(O) to fuel up the discussion afterwards.


   
06.07.2015 Former MCBO students reuniting in Istanbul

Former MCBO students keep in touch with one another. Recently Eleonora Ottina, Solmaz Etemad and Ummuhan Demir met in Istanbul.

Currently all three of them are pursuing a postdoctoral research training.
Elenonora
at the Francis Crick Institute, London, Ummuhan at the Istanbul Medeniyet University and Solmaz at the University of Innsbruck.

   
30.05.2015 MCBO at the 2nd European Calcium Channel Conference

From May 13th to 16th the MCBO Calcium Channel groups and the SFB44 organized the second European Calcium Channel Conference. About 150 scientist from all over the World followed the invitation of the Innsbruck scientists to discuss the latest deveopments in calcium channel research in the friendly environment of the Tirolian mountain village Alpbach. MCBO co-sponsered the meeting and participating students had the opportunity to present their projects and to discuss their data with the world leaders in the calcium channel research field.

   
Stay abroad - Birgit Luef at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore (MD, USA)

Birgit Luef, a MCBO PhD student working at the Department of Urology spent 6 months (Oct. 2014 – March 2015) at the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine led by Philip A. Cole, M.D., Ph.D. in Baltimore, USA. There she was working with the well-known Histone Acetyltransferase (HAT) p300, which is most noted for Histone 3 (H3) and Histone 4 (H4) acetylation. In particular she was focusing on p300-ligand testing and the discovery of new non-histone protein substrates and how p300 acetylation of the target proteins regulate subsequent complex formation and thereby genetic expression. Birgit Luef, a MCBO PhD student working at the Department of Urology spent 6 months (Oct. 2014 – March 2015) at the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine led by Philip A. Cole, M.D., Ph.D. in Baltimore, USA. There she was working with the well-known Histone Acetyltransferase (HAT) p300, which is most noted for Histone 3 (H3) and Histone 4 (H4) acetylation. In particular she was focusing on p300-ligand testing and the discovery of new non-histone protein substrates and how p300 acetylation of the target proteins regulate subsequent complex formation and thereby genetic expression.


   
16.03.2015 MCBO Recruitment Hearing

4th generation MCBO students started their PhD at the MUI. After FWF renewed MCBO for a fourth funding period (2015-2017) at the end of last year, we conducted a recruitment hearing with 27 candidates from 15 different nations. The recruitment process was highly successful. All MCBO teams could fill their PhD positions; several could select external students as well. Most new MCBO students have already started their projects, the last will do so by the end of the summer.


   
27.02.2015 MCBO / Life-Science Day - MCBO Award winner: Nadine Jasmin Ortner (Striessnig Lab)

On February 27th the ninth MCBO Science Day and the seventh Life Science Meeting lined up to host the first joint Life Science Day.
Participants discussed the PhD students posters, their academic results and a jury also awarded the best MCBO paper published in 2014. This year’s winner was Nadine Ornter who is working at the Institute of Pharmacy at the University of Innsbruck. Moreover, there were several interesting lectures of Innsbruck’s young project leaders and international researchers. Two former MCBO students, Marlies Meisl of the University of Chicago (USA) and Martin Puhr of the Innsbruck Medical University gave alumni lectures and this year's MCBO Annual Lecuture was given by Bill Earnshaw from the University of Edinburgh (UK.).
 


   
Stay abroad – Alexandra Pinggera at the UC Davis in California (USA)

Alexandra Pinggera, a MCBO PhD student at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology spent 5 months (May 2014 – Sep 2014) at the lab of Prof. Johannes Hell, Department of Pharmacology at UC Davis in California, which focuses on synaptic plasticity and synaptic signaling complexes and has an excellent expertise in biochemistry. During this period she was working on one isoform of voltage gated calcium channels, Cav1.3 and learned how to perform immunoprecipitations.


   
12.12.2014 Good news for MCBO: Austrian Science Fund FWF extends funding for another 3 years!

In summer/fall 2014 the Molecular Cell Biology and Oncology PhD program has successfully gone through the third international evaluation since its inauguration in 2005. As a result MCBO was awarded another three years of funding by the FWF to continue its interdisciplinary research training at the Medical University Innsbruck. The call for applications is now open.

The MCBO community welcomes its new  faculty members Natascha Kleiter (Department for Medical Genetics), Alexandra Lusser (Division of Molecular Biology), Klaus Scheffzek (Division of Biological Chemistry), and Doris Wilflingseder (Division of Hygiene and Medical Microbiology). 

We will celebrate our success at the upcoming MCBO Science Day on February 27th, 2015. Please mark the date!




   
10.12.2014 MCBO Methods Seminar

Due to its great success a further MCBO Methods Seminar was organized. Mirjana Efremova gave a basic introduction into picture analysis using MATLAB. Florian Handle presented with the concept of real time PCR a method which is used in the labs on a daily basis. He focussed on all the pitfalls that might emerge during primer design and cDNA synthesis.
To celebrate the festive season the participants of the seminar then hit the Christkindlmarket for a Glühwein or two.



   
14.11.2014 MCBO Student successful at this years PhD Life Science Day

Georg Vogel (left in picture), MCBO Student at the division of Cell Biology, won this year's poster prize at the 10th PhD Life Science Day of both Innsbruck Universities. His poster "Characterization of intracellular trafficking pathways in microvillus inclusion disease" was awarded by an interdisciplinary jury.

The two MCBO students Georg Altenbacher (right in picture) and Lukas Peintner were actively involved in planning and organizing this day.


   
29.10.2014 MCBO Breakfast

Fuelled by an enormously generous breakfast buffet at the in-house CCB mensa, the MCBO crowd started off cheerfully into the day this Wednesday, 29th of October.
While conversations evolved around topics of work (highly interesting PhD projects) and life (life? while doing a PhD?), the comfortable setting facilitated networking rarely experienced in a busy MCBO student’s life. Hence, new students were welcomed and seen-faced got a name and personality attached to them. Particularly nice was also the attendance of the two “good souls” behind the scene, our secretaries Ruth Baldauf and Irene Pilshofer.

The MCBO community thanks Life Technologies and the motivated team around Dr. Philipp Kügler for this opportunity.


   
02.09.2014 MCBO FWF hearing training

The MCBO students selected to present their work at the FWF hearing in Vienna mid of September gathered in a students only session to train their presentation skills and discuss about the layout of the posters. After this intensive four hour session a beer at Unicafe had a special sweet taste!


   
28.08.2014: MCBO Methods seminar

The series of the MCBO Methods Seminars got continued. Mihaela Angelova presented bioinformatical approaches and how you create an algorithm from a pile of data. Thomas Schmiedinger explained about the idea and the practical uses in electrical substrate cell impedance sensing and Manuel Alonso listed astonishing possibilities you can have using yeast as an model organism beside beer brewing.
Next MCBO Methods Seminar will take place end of October 2014.

   
26.06.2014: MCBO Methods seminar

MCBO students gathered again to discuss new methods used by students of the MCBO community. Fabian Schuler presented the advatanges and pitfalls of flow cytometry and Vincenzo Mastrolia and Nadine Ortner iluminated the techniques of electrophysiology in an entertaining and interactive way. Free beer and pizza was the topping for a amusing evening.
Next MCBO methods seminar will take place on August 28th. Save the date!

   
27.06.2014: MCBO students meet Prof. Philipp Kaldis

MCBO students got the opportunity to meet Prof. Philipp Kaldis to talk about his life and learned from his valuable expertise in establishing a scientific career in Singapore. Prof. Kaldis earned his PhD at the ETH in Zurich, then moved on to Yale and then moved his lab to the IMCB in Singapore. His research focuses on the role of cyclin-dependent kinases in cell division and cancer.

   
21.05.2014: Carreerdevelopment workshop with Prof. Frank McCormick

MCBO students got the unique opportunity to attend a two hour workshop held by Prof. Frank McCormic at the Biocenter of the Medical University Innsbruck. He gave valuable advices how to plan and persue an academic career.
Prof. Frank McCormick is well known for his research focusing on the role of K-Ras in cancer progression. After his graduation in London he made several postdocs in Berkeley, San Francisco and Cambridge, when he joined private instututions and founded the well nown biotec company ONYX. From 1991 he was director of the UCSF Hellen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center in San Francisco and also heads the RAS program at the NCI in Maryland.

   
28.02.2014 MCBO Science Day

Like every year at the beginning of the sommer semester the MCBO Science Day was coming up at the end of February. We invited our students to celebrate science with a poster presentation, talks, a lecture and of course the MCBO party with entertainment by the MCBO Band.
The poster jury awarded like last year the three best posters. This year´s winners were David Mairhofer (Stoitzner Lab), Victoria Klepsch (Baier Lab) and Maja Sochalska (Villunger Lab). The MCBO Best Paper award went 2014 to Marta Campiglio (Flucher Lab) who presented her paper published in the “Journal of Cell Science” with a short oral presentation.
Again we invited two MCBO alumnis for an oral presentation. This year Martina Haller (University of Glasgow) and Prakash Subramanyam (Columbia University New York) came to Innsbruck and joined the MCBO Science Day.
The scientific highlight of the MCBO Science Day was the lecture of Claudia Bagni ( KU Leuven - Center for Human Genetics). Her talk “Shaping and reshaping synapses: insights into neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders” found a lot of favor with the Neuroscience Community.
The day ended late with the MCBO Party, buffet and entertainment by the MCBO Band.

   
Stay abroad - Lukas Peintner at the Center for Cancer Bioloy (Adelaide)

Lukas Peintner, an external MCBO PhD Student working in the laboratory of Andreas Villunger spent 6 months (Aug 2013 – Jan 2014) in the Molecular Regulations Laboratory at the Centre for Cancer Biology led by Prof. Sharad Kumar in Adelaide, Australia. There he continued his work in understanding the molecular mechanisms of caspase-2 tumorigenesis and the role of its interacting protein RAIDD. Using several cell culture systems he was able to connect selected features of caspase-2 with chromosome instability and cancer progression. These insights are the foundation for further experiments he will perform in and ex vivo back home in Innsbruck.

   
Marta Campiglio on stay abroad at the University of California

Marta Campiglio, an MCBO PhD students working in Bernhard Flucher´s lab, spent 6 months (January-July 2013) in the lab of Dan Minor at the University of California San Francisco. There her project aimed at understand if the interaction between the calcium channel and its auxiliary beta subunit--that she had characterized in her primary thesis project--could be a pharmacological targeted by competition with chemically-modified peptides

   
14.11.2013 MCBO Mid-term review retreat, Neustift

In November the MCBO community dedicated three days to the mid-term review of the ongoing thesis projects. PhD students presented their research in short talks and poster presentations, and discussed the progress and future directions of their projects with the faculty and scientific advisory board members. A slide show by Gottfired Baier and a guest lecture on the Changing paradigms in dendritic cell research by Nicki Romani completed the program. At night we enjoyed the traditional South Tyrolean cuisine at Törggelen and a concert with dance by the MCBO band, The Molecular Shape Shifters. The romantic meeting venue at the Abby of Neustift provided a beautiful setting and a tour of Schloss Tyrol the final cultural touch to this intensive meeting.

   
01.03.2013 MCBO Science Day 2013

Once a year we invite our students to celebrate science, to present their research projects at the MCBO science day and the most successful doctoral students receive the MCBO Award. 2012 the award went to Eleonora Ottina (Villunger Lab) and Marlies Meisl (Baier Lab) who presented their research in short oral presentations.
For the first time the three best posters were awarded this year. And the winners were Manuel Alonso Y Adell (Teis Lab), Gurjot Kaur (Striessnig Lab) and Solmaz Etemad (Flucher Lab).
As we would like to stay in contact with our alumnis we invited Francesca Grespi and Marin Barisic to present their research projects at the science day. The scientific highlight of the science day was the MCBO annual lecture given by Prof. Seamus Martin (Trinity College Dublin) on “Non-Death Outcomes of Death Receptor Engagement: Implications for Cancer”.
The celebrations were concluded with a buffet and a performance of the MCBO band, composed of students and faculty members of the doctoral program.


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28.02.22013 MCBO workshop on Rosetta modeling

MCBO members participated at the first local symposium on structural biology techniquesBiostruct@Innsbruck 2013. In an MCBO-sponsored Workshop Vladimir Yarov-Yarovoy (UC Davis) introduced interested students and faculty into the current possibilities and future promise of modeling protein structures with the Rosetta model. In an ongoing collaboration between Dr. Yarov-Yarovoy and the Flucher Group the paradoxical gating properties of the skeletal muscle calcium channel shall be revealed.

   
Stay Abroad - Eleonora Ottina

Eleonora Ottina, one of our PhD students in the MCBO doctorate program working in Andreas Villunger´s lab in the Biocenter, spent 6 months (April-October 2012) in the well known Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) in Melbourne, Australia. There she worked on a thesis related project aiming to understand how the life-span of lymphocytes affects the bodies defense against viral infections. During her short-term research training, Eleonora investigated the role of anti-apoptotic Bcl2 family members A1/Bfl-1 and Mcl-1 in preventing exhaustion of immune cells during chronic as well as acute viral infection and antibody formation after immunization. This work has been performed in fruitful collaboration with members of the groups of Andreas Strasser, David Tarlinton and Marc Pellegrini at WEHI.
 

   
29.11.2012 Winter season opened

To check out life outside the labs some MCBO students gathered at the Marktplatz Christkindlmarket in Innsbruck. The smell of Glühwein, Kiachln and Maroni in the air was the probably best start into christmas season.

   
31.10.2012 Sanofi Award 2012 for MCBO student

For the excellence of publised research the Sanofi fondation awarded three students of the Medical University of Innsbruck. One of the laureates, Julia Höfer MCBO student (Culig Lab) received the Sanofi Award 2012 for her research in human prostate cancer.

   
05.10.2012 Poster Price for MCBO student

PhD Students of the Medical University of Innsbruck as well as of the University of Innsbruck represented their research results at the 8th PhD Meeting. One of the poster prices went to Cornelia Thöni, MCBO student (Huber Lab).

   
25.07.2012 - Stay Abroad - Daniel Bindreither

Daniel Bindreither (Kofler Lab) is a doctoral student of MCBO in his 3rd year and spent six months (Jan - Jun 2012) at Dr. Morgan's Lab (Computational Biology), Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, in Seattle.

 MorganGroup from left to right:
Paul Shannon, Dan Tenenbaum, Martin Morgan, Hervé Pagès, Marc Carlson, Daniel Bindreither


   
30.05.2012 MCBO at the 1st European Calcium Channel Conference

From May 17th to 19th the MCBO Calcium Channel groups and the SFB44 organized the first European Calcium Channel Conference. Over 150 scientist from 18 nations followed the invitation of the Innsbruck scientists to discuss the latest deveopments in calcium channel research in the friendly environment of the Tirolian mountain village Alpbach. Participating MCBO students had the opportunity to present their projects and to discuss their data with the world leaders in the calcium channel research field.

   
05.04.2012 - Breakfast with nobel laureate Prof. Harald zur Hausen

MCBO students meet Prof. Harald zur Hausen and discuss science over breakfast. zur Hausen received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2008 for "his discovery of human papilloma viruses causing cervical cancer". zur Hausen shared the prize with Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Luc Montagnier for "their discovery of human immunodeficiency virus".
   
20.03.2012 - MCBO Science Day 2012

Once a year MCBO celebrates science together with the life science community in Innsbruck. At the MCBO science day held on March 9 our doctoral students presented posters of their research projects. The most successful doctoral students were awarded the competitive MCBO award. For 2012 the award winners were Lydia Aschauer and Alice Limonciel (Jennigs Lab), Isabel Heidegger (Klocker Lab) and Andreas Lieb (Striessnig Lab), who presented their research in short oral presentations. The scientific highlight of the science day was the MCBO annual lecture given by Professor Burkhard Ludewig (St. Gallen) on "Development of secondary lymphoid organs." The celebrations were concluded with a buffet and a performance of the MCBO band, composed of students and faculty members of the doctoral program.


   
09.02.2012 - 6th MCBO Recruitment Hearing

Being our sixth international hearing to recruit students for our PhD program, the agenda has already become routine. Nevertheless, it was again exciting to meet a new group of international candidates, all eager to compete for one of our MCBO PhD positions. Out of a large number of applicants we invited 12 candidates from six different nations. During the 1 ½ days hearing the candidates presented a research article, were subject to intensive interviews by the selection panel as well as by individual MCBO members, and they had ample opportunities to visit the labs and get to know their prospective peers. Ultimately we were able to fill four of the six advertized positions.


   
25.01.2012 - Stay Abroad - Cornelia Thöni

Cornelia Thöni (Huber Lab) is a doctoral student of MCBO in her 4th year and spent the last six months (July - Dec 2011) at Dr. Cutz's Lab (Pathology), SickKids, in Toronto.
She successfully continued her thesis project and got very good impact for it. For the first time in her research she worked actively with patients and made new collaborations with the Cell Biology Department (Sergio Grinstein, Aleixo Muise) and the GI Group at the GI clinic (Nicola Jones, Tanja Gonska, Phil Sherman, Aaron Avitzur).

   
01.12.2011 - Symposium with Partner PhD Program in Homburg

For the second time the MCBO calcium channel groups organized a joint symposium with our partner PhD program, Ca2+ Signaling and Cellular Nanodomains, at the University of Homburg/Saar. MCBO students presented their research in oral and poster presentations in front of international leaders in the calcium signaling field. En route to Homburg we visited natural and architectural wonders in Blaubeuren and Speyer, respectively


MCBO partner DK in Homburg/Saar