Tiny droplets – huge impact: FWF doc.funds grant on liquid-liquid phase separation
Intrinsically disordered protein FATZ-1 phase separates and forms macromolecular condensates with the major sarcomeric Z-disc protein alpha-actinin-2. (c) Antonio Sponga, Joan L. Arolas et.al
The Austrian Science Fund has granted a doc.fund to a group of researchers from the Max Perutz Labs, the Faculty of Physics of the University of Vienna, the IMP and the IMBA. The grant is endowed with 1,6 Million Euros and will fund eight PhD positions over four years. Students will be recruited via the Vienna BioCenter PhD Program, and will receive multidisciplinary training to tackle fundamental questions in the field of liquid-liquid phase separation in biology. The doc.fund expects to start recruiting in fall 2021, and is coordinated by Bojan Zagrovic, a computational biologist at the Max Perutz Labs.