HFSP success stories

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A novel approach to handling membrane proteins in vitro: a daring HFSP grant that paid off

By HFSP Research Grant alumnus Jean-Luc Popot

In 2000, Jean-Luc Popot was awarded an HFSP Research Grant, together with his colleagues Edward A. Berry and Catherine Vénien-Bryan, to develop synthetic polymers called "amphipols", which they hoped would provide membrane biologists with new tools to handle membrane proteins in aqueous solutions. As briefly recounted below, this help proved absolutely decisive as the project was too novel, basic and risky to be fundable for a sufficient duration at the French or the European...

Guiding light: the mysteries of firefly bioluminescence unfold

By HFSP Young Investigator Grant holder Pance Naumov

In 2011, HFSP awarded a Young Investigator Grant to an international team of researchers to study the "Excited-State Structure of the Emitter and Color-Tuning Mechanism of the Firefly Bioluminescence".  The findings of this successful four-way collaboration between the labs of Pance Naumov (Japan/Abu Dhabi), Pascal Didier (France), Lukas Hintermann (Germany) and Michel Sliwa (France) are described in the following article by Pance Naumov, Principal Investigator on the grant team...