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What we can learn about vertebrate ancestry, immunology and skeletal formation from sponges

A historic HFSP research grant awarded in 1996 for the project “Invertebrate molecular immunology: alloreactivity and…

Gebhard Schertler

A new generation of optogenetic tools for research and medicine

A successful HFSP research grant collaboration was instrumental in laying the groundwork for a recently awarded ERC…


Lab-grown mini-lungs reveal SARS-CoV-2 infection in human alveoli

Although there have been more than 50 million cases of COVID-19 and a million deaths worldwide to date, we still know…

19th HFSP Awardees Meeting

Pure diversity on display

An article highlighting the diversity of science represented by HFSP researchers.

Day Gecko

Enabling technology for everyday use: the role of subsurface structures for biological adhesion

Mechanisms of gecko adhesion revealed


Novel method to use insect antennae as odour sensor in a flying robot

We have designed a special algorithm for identifying olfactory information from an insect antenna and shown how these…

Schematic showing the magnetic field rotations used in the experiment.

Discovery of a human geomagnetic sensory system

Although most humans are not consciously aware of the geomagnetic stimuli that they encounter in everyday life, we…

Molecular Cell cover

Decoding the function of expansion segments in ribosomes

Eukaryote specific expansion segments (ESs) in the rRNA increase fidelity of mRNA translation. ESs are enigmatic…

Model for gene activation via transcription hub.

Live imaging of trans-homolog enhancer-promoter communication in Drosophila embryos

Transvection is a process where regulatory DNAs located on one homolog regulate the transcription unit on the other…

Synthetic-biology-inspired signaling device for sensing specific cell contact.

Engineering non-immune cells to detect and ablate cancer cells

Designer non-immune cells that mimic T-cell functions without the risks associated with engineered immune cells have…

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

An HFSP Research Grant that aimed to develop synthetic polymers called "amphipols" to provide membrane biologists with…

Single-cell labeling of endogenous proteins in the mammalian brain by in vivo genome editing [with video]

A scalable and high-throughput method to determine the localization of endogenous proteins is essential to the…