The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) is establishing eight new Research Units. This was decided by the DFG Senate during its 2013 March meeting in Bonn. The research collaborations will offer researchers the possibility to pursue current and pressing issues in their research areas and to establish innovative work directions.
Like all DFG Research Units, the new units will be interdisciplinary and span multiple locations. In the initial three-year funding period, the eight newly established Research Units will receive approximately 15.8 million euros. The DFG is thus currently supporting a total of 218 Research Units.
The new Research Units in detail (in alphabetical order by host university):
The "Structure and Function of the Peroxisomal Translocon (PerTrans)" Research Unit will study cellular organelles and focus on the intracellular transport of proteins, which is of great importance to human health. The import of proteins into peroxisomes is quite different from that into other organelles. These cell organelles also import folded proteins and the import receptors shuttle between a soluble form in the organelle and a transport form coupled with the membrane. The Research Unit will investigate the structural and functional analysis of the protein importing machinery in peroxisomes, the "translocon", to produce a new explanation for the mechanism of protein transport. The researchers hope that one outcome of their work will be a better understanding of molecular functions, such as defects arising as the result of incomplete maturity. A team from Oxford in the UK will also participate in the Research Unit.
(Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Ralf Erdmann, University of Bochum)
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