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During their lifetimes cells must split, repair, and remodel their membrane structures including numerous specialized membrane-bound microenvironments to meet cellular needs. While we know that membrane organization is essential for cellular life, we largely do not understand the underlying molecular mechanisms. This blind spot on our map of the human cell is due the lag of technical approaches able to cover the broad range of scales that molecules bridge to self-organize into membranous organelles. A central question of our research is “How do micron-spanning molecular patterns form and direct molecular activity with atomic precision?”

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Heineman Grant for Dresden Research group leader Alexander von Appen

Alexander von Appen, research group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) in Dresden, Germany, is one of four investigators awarded the prestigious Heineman Grant from the Minna-James-Heineman-Stiftung. In collaboration with Ori Avinoam, research group…

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