26 February 2019
Tumor cell responses to interferons and their impact on treatment outcomes
Prof. Dr. Annette Paschen
Molecular Tumor Immunology
Department of Dermatology
University Hospital Essen
Networking event for female early career scientists
On 10th December 2018 female early career scientists of the RTG 1949 met with two senior female scientists at a so called Kaminabend, an informal networking event. The event was designed with the aim to create a casual atmosphere, in which the young PhD students could meet and discuss career aspects with experienced scientists. "We are very happy that Prof. Stefanie Flohé and Prof. Anke Hinney, two successful researchers and experts in gender equality, accepted our invitation and shared their experiences in academic life with our young female researchers", said Prof. Astrid Westendorf, spokesperson of the RTG 1949. "This networking event was a very good opportunity to get to know two experienced female scientists closer. It was very nice to chat in a familiar atmosphere about successes, but also about problems that women might encounter along the scientific path," added Hanna Abberger, PhD student in the RTG. Despite the high number of female students and PhD students in MINT subjects, the number of women decreases the higher up the career level. As a consequence, women are underrepresented when it comes to filling professorial chairs. Role models such as Prof. Flohé and Prof. Hinney showed the young women that it is possible to reconcile research and family successfully.
Graduate student designs journal cover
The publication „Imaging of cytotoxic antiviral immunity while considering the 3R principle of animal research” in the Journal of Molecular Medicine by our graduate student Lucas Otto was chosen for the cover picture in the April issue 2018. Shown is a look into the tibial bone marrow of a living Friend retrovirus infected mouse during an ongoing adaptive immune response. Virus-specific CD8+ T cells (red) and their migration tracks (yellow lines) are depicted together with the bone surface (white) and the blood vessels (cyan). Besides the imaging aspect, the paper also offers a valuable cell transfer method that reduces the number of donor animals substantially.
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