April 25, 2016

Red Light controls signaling in human cells

Optogenetics now enables the development of new methods that can be used like light switches to turn on and off specific processes in cells. Optogenetic methods are based on the isolation and modification of light-sensitive proteins in a first step and...

April 12, 2016

IST Austria supports OA2020 Initiative

IST Austria is committed to Open Access as expressed in the Institute’s Open Access policy. Therefore it was a logical step to sign the “Expression of Interest in the Large-scale Implementation of Open Access to Scholarly Journals” as part of the...

April  5, 2016

Long-term response to selection predictable regardless of genetic architecture

In their latest publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Tiago Paixao, Postdoc, and Nick Barton, Professor at the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria addressed the...

March  7, 2016

Gambling our way against climate change

From donating blood, building colossal bridges to social welfare – humans have mastered the art of cooperation better than any other animal species. However, many social dilemmas remain unsolved, such as overfishing of the seas, rising global green-house gas emissions or...

February 25, 2016

Peter Jonas becomes member of Neuron’s editorial board

IST Austria Professor Peter Jonas will be joining Neuron’s editorial board this spring. Neuron is one of the most influential and reputable journals in the field of neuroscience. With its editors embracing interdisciplinary strategies that integrate biophysical, cellular, developmental, and...

February 16, 2016

What does turbulence have in common with an epidemic?

Fluid flows can take one of two forms: well-ordered “laminar” or highly disordered “turbulent” motion. Although everyday experience shows that laminar motion in simple shear flows as in pipes or channels gives way to turbulence as the flow speed increases, the...

February 15, 2016

A novel canonical transformation provides insights into many-particle physics

The concepts of rotation and angular momentum play a crucial role in many areas of physics, ranging from nuclear spectroscopy to molecular collisions and precision measurements. In a paper appearing in the...

January 22, 2016

Where wood is chopped, splinters must fall

Bacteria and other prokaryotes have been around for billions of years because they managed to develop successful evolutionary strategies for survival. For instance, they possess defense mechanisms that allow them to discriminate between self and non-self DNA in the event of...

December  9, 2015

What computers won’t tell you about ecological and evolutionary dynamics

In a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Rasmus Ibsen-Jensen, postdoc at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) together with IST...

December  4, 2015

Error correction strategies of cells

Cells dynamically respond to environmental signals by turning appropriate sets of genes on or off. The “control system” that determines which genes need to be expressed at what time depends primarily on the interactions between transcription factor proteins (TFs) and the...

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