Congratulations Gereon!

At the beginning of May 2018 Gereon Sommer defended his doctoral thesis successfully. Gereon worked in the group of Thomas J.J. Müller on the Masuda-Borylation-Suzuki-Coupling as an efficient work tool for the synthesis of active agents.


Congratulations Anja!

Anja Weber née Ullrich, who worked in undefinedJörg Pietruszka's research group, defended her doctoral thesis in the field of natural compound/active agent synthesis successfullyon April the 10th 2018.


Identification of phomoxanthone A as a mitochondrial toxin

New insights in the mode of action of phomoxanthone A (PXA) were given in the new publication of Böhler et al. 2018. In close collaboration with several groups from Heinrich Heine University, KU Leuven, University of Tübingen and UCLA the mycotoxin PXA, derived from the endophytic fungus Phomopsis longicolla, was identified as an mitochondrial toxin by causing disruption of mitochondrial function, IMM fragmentation and cristae disruption leading to the release of pro-apoptotic factors and thus to apoptosis.

The article was published in Cell Death & Disease:

Böhler, P., Stuhldreier, F., Anand, R., Kondadi A.K., Schlütermann, D., Berleth, N., Deitersen, J., Wallot-Hieke, N., Wu, W., Frank, M., Niemann, H., Wesbuer, E., Barbian, A., Luyten, T., Parys, j.B., Weidtkamp-Peters, S., Borchardt, A., Reichert, A., Pena-Blanco, A., Garcia-Saez, A.J., Itskanov, S., van der Bliek, A.M., Proksch, P., Wesselborg, S., Stork, B. (2018) The mycotoxin phomoxanthone A disturbs the form and function of the inner mitochondrial membrane. Cell Death and Disease 9:286

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Nicola Porta wins Poster Award at 32nd Molecular Modelling Workshop 2018

We are happy to announce that our PhD fellow Nicola Porta, who is working in Holger Gohlke's group, received a Poster Award for his work on the "Impact of allosteric inhibitors on MRSA pyruvate kinase conformational dynamics" at the 32nd Molecular Modelling Workshop 2018 in Erlangen.


More information about the Molecular Modelling Workshop 2018 you can find here:

GRK2158 Symposium

The first internal Symposium of Research Training Group 2158 was held from 20th till 22nd of September in "Schloß Mickeln" in Düsseldorf. This event was a perfect occasion for all doctoral students and principal investigators to come together, get connected, discuss and forward their projects.

All doctoral students presented their projects via oral presentations and posters.

Special highlights were the talks of the invited speakers Prof. Dr. Wenhan Lin from Peking University, China, Dr. Min Li-Weber from German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg and Prof. Dr. Mark Brönstrup from Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig.

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