Welcome to the website of the Cluster of Excellence Cellular Networks - CellNetworks.

 

CellNetworks is an interdisciplinary research cluster centered around Heidelberg´s life sciences. The Heidelberg life science community features an unparalleled number of internationally well-noted institutions. CellNetworks assembles excellent groups focusing on research in molecular life science and computational sciences, chemistry and physics to tackle fundamental questions in cell biology, its network structure and architecture, dynamics and regulation.

 

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Posted April 12 2017
Researchers have hypothesized that migrations into higher, colder latitudes may lead to evolution of fast-burning metabolisms that keep cells warm, boosting cold tolerance. Researchers of the DKFZ now show that a gene called THADA helps flies burn energy from fat. When the gene is knocked out in flies, they become obese and burn less energy. This finding may be a clue to previously observed correlations between ancestral latitudes and metabolism in humans. READ MORE
Posted April 10 2017
Molecular biologist Prof. Dr. Bernd Bukau and biochemist Prof. Dr. Ed Hurt were both awarded with highly endowed ERC Advanced Grants for outstanding research leaders in Europe. READ MORE
Posted April 10 2017
In order to adapt to changes in the environment, the brain produces new nerve cells (neurons) even at adult age. These young neurons are crucial for memory formation and learning. Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and Heidelberg University Hospital have now discovered that a small peptide plays the role of a mediator in this process. In response to an external stimulus such as a varied environment, the mediator peptide boosts the proliferation of neural stem cells and neural progenitor cells. READ MORE
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