July 10, 2014

Life as a kind of algorithm

In a commentary in this week’s edition of PNAS, Nicholas Barton, Professor at IST Austria, together with group members Sebastian Novak and Tiago Paixao, explores the background and meaning of a new publication on natural selection (doi:10.1073/pnas.1410107111). In the reviewed paper...

July  2, 2014

Two IST Austria professors named as “Highly Cited Researchers"

Jiři Friml, Professor at IST Austria, and Eva Benková, Assistant Professor at IST Austria, are named „Highly Cited Researchers“ by Thomson Reuters. The plant biologists are among 20 Austrian researchers in the list of 3’200 highly cited researchers worldwide. “Highly Cited...

July  1, 2014

Enlightening cancer cells

Harald Janovjak, Assistant Professor at IST Austria, together with Michael Grusch, Associate Professor at the Medical University of Vienna, “remote-controlled” the behaviour of cancer cells with light, as reported this week in EMBO Journal (http://emboj.embopress.org/content/early/2014/06/27/embj.201387695 , DOI: 10.15252/embj.201387695). This work...

April 28, 2014

Watching proteins at work

Protein mobility, RNA dynamics, vesicle transport – the Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) revolutionized cell biology, and the way researchers study the micrometer world. Ryuichi Shigemoto, Professor at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria), seeks a similar revolution for electron...

April 24, 2014

All signals on green

Plant hormones auxin and cytokinin control many events in plant development, and crosstalk between the two occurs at several levels. The direction in which auxin flows is crucial for plant development and responses to stimuli from the environment. Auxin flow changes direction...

March 23, 2014

Jonas: third major publication since December

In his third major research paper since December 2013, IST Austria Professor Peter Jonas together with his collaborator, postdoc Hua Hu, identifies a new subcellular mechanism for reliable, fast transmission in the so-called basket cells of the brain. The results will be...

March 19, 2014

IST Austria for sound funding of science in Austria

Today Jochen Danninger, state secretary in the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Austria, visited the Institute of Science and Technology Austria in Klosterneuburg. Among other things, his visit was marked by the current discussion about the funding of science...

March  5, 2014

State Secretary of Finance visits IST Austria

Today, Sonja Steßl, State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Austria, visited IST Austria in Klosterneuburg. The  President of IST Austria, Thomas Henzinger, and Managing Director Georg Schneider briefed Ms Steßl on the recent developments and the future plans....

February 27, 2014

Unearthing key function of plant hormone

Plants, like animals, employ hormones as messengers, which coordinate growth and regulate how they react to the environment. One of these plant hormones, auxin, regulates nearly all aspects of plant behavior and development, for example phototropism, root growth and fruit growth. Depending...

February 25, 2014

Sage approach to uncover dynamics of adaptation

Adaptation is a central process in evolution. A new project – initiated in January 2014 and funded with € 2 mio by the European Union – focuses on the speed of adaptation using two different methods of evolutionary biology. A goal of this...

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