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    Three excitons (pairs consisting of an electron and an electron hole) on the topological insulator bismuthene. Due to the honeycomb atomic structure, electrons can only flow along the edges.

    Within the framework of the Würzburg-Dresden Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat, excitons were generated in a topological insulator for the first time. A breakthrough in quantum research, based on material design from Würzburg.


    How evolution works

    Examples of phenotypic innovations across the eukaryotic tree of life, to which newly developed approaches can be applied.

    What genetic changes are responsible for the evolution of phenotypic traits? This question is not always easy to answer. A newly developed method now makes the search much easier.

    Chase Beisel (center) and Oleg Dmytrenko in the HIRI lab.

    Like a Swiss army knife: Researchers from Würzburg and the U.S. discover new type of CRISPR gene scissors. New publication in "Nature".


    The figure shows the relationship between movement and regulation of insulin-producing cells in the fruit fly.

    When a fruit fly starts walking or flying, its insulin-producing cells are immediately inhibited. This could be one explanation for why exercise promotes health.

    Chemistry Professor Claudia Höbartner

    Chemistry professor Claudia Höbartner is being honoured for her outstanding research on the nucleic acids DNA and RNA: She receives the prestigious Leibniz prize endowed with 2.5 million euros.

    The Würzburg Highly Cited Researchers 2022 (from left): Jörg Vogel, Hermann Einsele, Frank Würthner, José Pedro Friedmann Angeli, Citation Laureate Laurens Molenkamp, and Dominic Grün.

    Their work is most frequently cited in publications of other scientists. Researchers from the University are therefore included in the Highly Cited Researchers 2022 List.


    Attack via byways

    Dimeric structure of phosphoglycolate phosphatase. The enlarged section on the right shows the ligand-binding pocket in complex with the small molecule inhibitor CP1.

    Increased cell proliferation is a key feature of diseases such as cancer. A research team from the University of Würzburg and two Leibniz Institutes has now succeeded in indirectly influencing this process.

    Professor Jörg Vogel.

    Starting in 2023, Jörg Vogel, Director of the Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI) in Würzburg, will serve on the selection committee for the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Program.

    In the fields of Ecology and Medical Technology, the University of Würzburg is among the best 75 universities worldwide.

    In the life sciences, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg is among the world leaders in several subject areas. This is confirmed by the latest edition of the Shanghai Subject Rankings.