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The centrosome renaissance

The centrosome renaissance,” a special theme issue of Philosophical Transactions B from the Royal Society, is available online as of today! This volume features 18 articles reflecting “direct and indirect input of some 50 leading scientists in the field” of centrosome biology. Jeff Woodruff, Oliver Wueseke, and Tony contributed a review on “Pericentriolar material structure and dynamics,” outlining the current state of PCM research and the outstanding questions in the field. PCM

New publication on centrosomes

A new paper from our lab and Frank Jülicher‘s lab is out in PNAS this month: “Centrosomes are autocatalytic droplets of pericentriolar material organized by centrioles.” This work proposes “a theoretical description of centrosomes as liquid droplets,” drawing on our knowledge of phase separation in the cytoplasm.

Congratulations, Avinash!


Our postdoc Avinash Patel has just been awarded a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for his work on phase transitions of cellular processes. Way to go, Avinash!!

Long Night of Science at the MPI

It’s that time of year again! The MPI will open its doors to the public tomorrow from 6pm to 1am for a long night of science and fun. It’s Dresden’s biggest science outreach event, with 29 different participating institutions and universities. Come visit the MPI during this “Lange Nacht” to see cool science demos, hands-on activities, science-based artwork (including photography pieces from our own Oliver Wüseke), videos of science behind-the-scenes, and more. We’ll even be screening the World Cup games so that football fans can have it all — science and soccer in one great location. See you tomorrow night!



#CBGday: adventures in Dresden!

On Friday June 27, hundreds of people from the MPI-CBG flooded the streets of Dresden for our first annual CBG Day! IMG_2100sWe were randomly sorted into over 30 teams of ~10 people each and sent out on a wild historical scavenger hunt all over the city, encountering a number of interesting characters along the way. The winning team was led by our very own Carsten Hoege! It was a fun-filled day (topped off with an extra special beer hour!) that helped everyone get to know members of the MPI they wouldn’t usually meet. Thanks to everyone on the CBG day organizing team, and we’re already looking forward to the next one!

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