This year we had the honor to host the annual Quantum Effects in Biological Systems Workshop covering the latest developments in quantum phenomena in biological systems and chemical structures central to life. The meeting was held June 29th – July 3rd 2013 at the Bio Center Campus in Vienna. Pictures of the event can be requested from christoph[dot]goetz[at]imp[dot]ac[dot]at. [oqeygallery id=3]
The award of an Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) program grant to Alipasha Vaziri was announced recently. We congratulate Alipasha on his success in this highly competitive global selection process. The project, entitled 'In vivo functional imaging and high-resolution manipulations of hippocampal memory circuits’ will be investigated jointly with collaborators from the University of Strasbourg as well as Columbia University in New York and the University of Texas. The HFSP offers research support to promote intercontinental collaboration and training in cutting-edge interdisciplinary research in the life sciences. The applicants involved physicists, neuroscientists, molecular biologists and chemists and only 33 grantholders were chosen from 800 applicants.
Alipasha Vaziri will be teaching two lectures this semesters at the University of Vienna. The courses are entitled 'Biological frontiers of physics' and 'Seven influential physics tools for biologists'. More information can be found by clicking on the links above or on our website. The exact schedules and venues are posted in the Vorlesungsverzeichnis.
Recently, a review paper entitled "Reshaping the optical dimension in optogenetics" by Alipasha and his collaborator, Valentina Emiliani from the CNRS in Paris, got published in Current Opinion in Neurobiology. In the paper, they discuss and compare the main new optical techniques that have become available in recent years in the field of optogenetics. The paper can be accessed by clicking here.
Robert has recently been awarded a prestigious Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship from the European Union. The so-called Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships are awarded to researchers working in countries outside Europe irrespective of nationality and provide support for the scientist’s work at a European partner institution for up to two years. Congratulations Robert!
Aimee Heinrichs, a Masters Student of our collaborator Thomas Jennewein at the Institute of Quantum Computing in Waterloo, Canada, is currently visiting our lab to work on an IQC-IMP/MFPL collaboration project. Welcome Aimee, we hope you enjoy Austrian culture and research during your stay!
We have currently open Masters (Diploma) and PhD positions. Several projects on development of new structural and functional bio-imaging techniques (e.g. super-resolution microscopy), optogentic techniques for ultrafast optical control of neuronal activity and circuit mapping and projects targeted towards experimental and theoretical studies of the possible relevance of quantum effects in biological systems. Click here for more details.
Vibrational excitons in ionophores: Experimental probes for quantum coherence-assisted ion transport and selectivity in ion channels Our recent paper by Ziad Ganim, Andre Tokmakoff and Alipasha Vaziri has been published in the New Journal of Physics. You can access the publication at this link.