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Busy 2018: Full dozen of submitted doctoral theses until April 2018

April 2018. The Research Training Group 1962,

Dynamic Interactions at Biological Membranes – From Single Molecules to Tissue

finished its 4th year since establishment by the German Science Foundation (DFG). Time to draw a short intermediate conclusion in numbers:

  • 19 doctoral researchers submitted their thesis during the initial four years, 11 of them in 2018!
  • 10 doctoral researchers graduated during this time, 3 of them in April!
  • 15 ongoing doctoral theses within the RTG
  • >50 national and international guest speakers between 2014 – 2018
  • 87 publications between 2014 – 2018
  • 16 publications with impact factor >7 (Nature Mat., PNAS, Nature Methods, Nature Physics, Nature Microbiol., 6x Nature Commun., Mol. Psychiatry, J.Exp.Med., eLife, Arthritis Rheumatol., Nanoscale)
  • 4 Highly Cited Papers (top 1% of their academic fields, Source: Web of Science):
    • J. Han, K. Pluhackova, and R.A. Böckmann. The multifaceted role of SNARE proteins in membrane fusion. Front. Physiol., 8:5, 2017 (20 cites, scholar)
    • J. Steinwachs, Metzner C., K. Skodzek, N. Lang, I. Thievessen, C. Mark, S. Münster, K. Aifantis, and B. Fabry. Three-dimensional force microscopy of cells in biopolymer networks.Nat. Methods, 13(2):171-176, 2016 (44 cites, wos)
    • T.A. Wassenaar, H.I. Ingolfsson, R.A. Böckmann, D.P. Tieleman, and S.J. Marrink. Computational lipidomics with INSANE: A versatile tool for generating custom membranes for molecular simulations.
      J. Chem. Theory and Comput., 11(5):2144–2155, 2015 (153 cites, scholar)
    • T.A. Wassenaar*, K. Pluhackova*, R.A. Böckmann, S.J. Marrink, and D.P. Tieleman. Going backward: A flexible geometric approach to reverse transformation from coarse grained to atomistic models.
      J. Chem. Theory and Comput., 10(2):676–690, 2014 (162 cites, scholar)
  • Topical Issue in Frontiers in Physiology (Impact 4.1) on Dynamic Interactions at Biological Membranes (6 publications by RTG doctoral researchers); Editors: Rainer Böckmann & Matthias F. Schneider
  • 3 US exchange students within the RISE program
  • Organization of the Annual Meeting of the German Biophysical Society in Erlangen in 2016 (300 participants)
  • Organization of International RTG Satellite Meeting Dynamic Interactions at Biomembranes in Erlangen in 2016 (100 participants)
  • Organization of two international symposia on Protein-Lipid Interactions and Biomembranes