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Press Release 2009

Grenoble, 26 June 2009

New interdisciplinary structural biology centre for virus research and technology platforms

EMBL, CNRS and the University Joseph Fourier in Grenoble establish Unit for Virus and Host Cell Interactions (Unité Mixte Internationale)

The Carl-Ivar Brändén Building houses the international Unit for Virus and Host Cell Interactions on the Polygone Scientifique Campus in Grenoble.

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On June 26 2009 the joint international Unit for Virus and Host Cell Inter actions (Unité Mi x te Internationale) was formally established in Grenoble. The unit is run jointly by CNRS, the Grenoble outstation of the European Molecular Biology Labor atory (EMBL) and the Grenoble University Joseph Fourier. The aim of the unit is to foster interdisciplinary research and to develop technology platforms for structural biology.

The international unit has a unique structure in France in the areas of biology and health, which will facilitate interdisciplinary research in structural and molecular biology focusing on interactions between viruses and their hosts.

Future research topics include:

  • virus structures
  • assembly and maturation of viruses
  • virus and host cell interactions
  • host and virus gene expression mechanisms
  • cell biology of infected cells
  • innate immunity and anti-pathogen drug design

A particular strength of the Unit for Virus and Host CellInteractions lies in the fields of influenza and HIV research. Inaddition, it will develop methods and technology platforms forstructural biology such as high-throughput protein expressionand crystallisation, electron microscopy, image analysis, and X-rayand neutron diffraction instrumentation.Stephen Cusack, Head of EMBL Grenoble, will direct the unit forits first five years and deputy head will be Rob Ruigrok, professorat the University Joseph Fourier.

Source Article

Solon J, Kaya A, Colombelli J, Brunner D. Pulsed forces timed by a ratchet-like mechanism drive directed tissue movement during Drosophila melanogaster morphogenesis. Cell, 26 June 2009

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