Beckmann Lab

Molecular Infection biology

Nov09

New Research Published: TriPepSVM

Together with the RNA Bioinformatics group (MPI for Molecular Genetics, Berlin), we have just uploaded our latest work to bioRxiv: TriPepSVM is a new machine learning approach to predict RNA-binding proteins in human and bacteria. We use a radically reductionist approach by only using short amino acid motifs to train a support vector machine (SVM) to […]

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May30

Our new PTex protocol available as preprint!

The Beckmann lab has its first work up on bioRxiv! Our manuscript “Purification of Cross-linked RNA-Protein Complexes by Phenol-Toluol Extraction” by Erika Urdaneta et al. describes a completely novel method to purify cross-linked RNA-protein complexes (RNPs) in an unbiased fashion. This new approach allow us now to investigate RNPs in human cell culture but to […]

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May30

Graduate school on malaria funded!

We are happy to announce that our lab will be part of the DFG-funded  Graduate School IRTG 2290 “Crossing boundaries: Molecular Interactions in Malaria”. The International Research Training Group consists of 10 groups located in Berlin and 10 groups from Canberra, Australia. Up to 20 new PhD students will investigate diverse aspects of malaria in […]

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Dec19

Research update: Paper on interactome capture in yeast

Finally, our method to purify RNA-binding proteins in yeast is out! The research paper in Methods gives a complete overview over all steps of the interactome capture approach and provides a comprehensive discussion on the background. The article is open access  (CC-BY license) and can be found here.  

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May13

Research update: Review on the expanding universe of ribonucleoproteins

RNA-protein interactions have been studied intensively in recent years. Particularly novel methods such as mRNA interactome capture led to discovery of hundreds of novel RNA-binding proteins (RBPs). However, many of these recently identified RBPs lack classical RNA-binding domains. In our review The expanding universe of ribonucleoproteins: of novel RNA-binding proteins and unconventional interactions, we discuss features of RNA-protein […]

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May13

Bachelor student invasion!

We are proud to host two Bachelor students who are conducting their final thesis in our lab.   Victoria Riebe (BSc Biology) is working on CRISPR/Cas9 in bacteria.   Valentina Tovazzi (BSc Biophysics) is testing Salmonella proteins for RNA-binding activity.

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Apr27

PhD position in Metabolism & Cancer at the DKFZ Heidelberg

Our colleague Bruno Galy (DFKZ Heidelberg, Germany) has a job opportunity for a PhD student to work at the interface of cellular metabolism and cancer. http://www.dkfz.de/en/stellenangebote/index.php?id=090/2016

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Apr01

Goodbye Tobias!

Todays is Tobias’ last day in the lab. As part of his Master studies in Molecular Life Sciences at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, he did a 6 month internship (so called Projektmodul) in our group. Tobias worked on the purification of tagged mutant versions of the protein Cas9 from Streptococcus pyogenes which is a key enzyme […]

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Mar18

New lab member: Senthil Subramanian

Senthil joined our group as postdoctoral fellow. He received a fellowship from the IRI to study outer membrane vesicles of bacterial pathogens and the role of exosomes during infection processes.  

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