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27.10.2017 14:15 Von: Matthew Cheng

Research unit on mRNA transport localizes to Tübingen

Bono lab organizes FOR2333 meeting

From September 25-27, the MPI for Developmental Biology in Tübingen hosted members of the DFG Research Unit 2333 “Macromolecular complexes in mRNA localization” (FOR2333; http://for2333.de/). The focus of FOR2333 are the fundamental concepts which govern mRNA transport, localized translation, and their roles in gene expression control. Among the participating groups of the research unit are the labs of Fulvia Bono and Ralf-Peter Jansen, faculty members of the IMPRS “From Molecules to Organisms”. Joining them are the research groups of Anne Ephrussi (EMBL Heidelberg), Michael Feldbrügge (Universität Düsseldorf), Michael Kiebler (LMU München), Dierk Niessing (Universität Ulm), and Kathi Zarnack (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt). Like the IMPRS, FOR2333 brings together multidisciplinary and complementing expertise, as well as a variety of model organisms, to study a complex biological phenomenon.


Tübingen provided a scenic backdrop for the fourth FOR2333 meeting, this time organized by the lab of Fulvia Bono. Participating in this 3 day meeting were IMPRS students Prashali Bansal (Bono lab), Nidhi Kanwal (Jansen lab), and Matthew Cheng (Jansen lab). Prashali was one of the many PhD candidates and postdocs who showcased their ongoing research and collaborative work. In parallel, a brainstorming session between all those present cultivated ideas and insights into recent developments in the field, as well as shed new light on our ongoing research projects. Importantly, the meeting included two invited guest speakers: Dr. Rebecca Schüle (Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research), who discussed her group’s research linking aberrant mRNA transport to a form of spastic paraplegia; and Dr. Tatjana Tchumatchenko (MPI for Brain Research), who illustrated her group’s approach to understanding mRNA transport through mathematical modeling. This exchange of ideas and information is an integral part of the FOR2333 research unit and the IMPRS, and an important aspect of the scientific and personal training for students involved.


The FOR2333 research unit will be hosting an RNA transport meeting, open to all, from March 3-6, 2018 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The 2018 meeting will bring together leading scientists from around the world, with keynote lectures from Dr. Christine Mayr (USA) and Dr. Erin Schuman (Germany). Registration begins soon. Keep an eye out for the official launch of the meeting’s website at https://www.rna-transport-2018.de/.