Research Awards

Paper of the Month

The HZI “Happy Hour” provides an opportunity to meet co-workers from all groups of the institute in a relaxed atmosphere. The exciting part of the “Happy Hour”, however, is the awarding of the “HZI Paper of the Month”. An in-house jury selects the paper; the prize is an Amazon voucher.

The “Happy Hour” and the “HZI Paper of the Month” award are financially supported by the Friends of the HZI.

To join the competition for the award, your paper has to meet two simple requirements:

1.) First or last author is based as Masterstudent, PhD or Postdoc at the HZI or one of its affiliated institutes (i.e. Twincore, HIPS).
2.) Paper published or made accessible online during the month preceding the “Happy Hour”.

Proposals and applications can be submitted by email to paperofthemonth@helmholtz-hzi.de. Please use the same address if you have any questions.

October 2014

In October 2014 Luciana Berod (second from the left), scientist at the Twincore in Hannover, received the award „HZI Paper of the Month“. Her publication „De novo fatty acid synthesis controls the fate between regulatory T and T helper 17 cells” was published in the scientific journal Nature Medicine. Jochen Hühn of the HZI handed over the prize, sponsored by Friends of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research.

September 2014

Stephanie Pfänder from the research group Experimental Virology at the Twincore was awarded with the “Paper of the Month” prize in September. Her article "Clinical course of infection and viral tissue tropism of hepatitis C virus-like non-primate hepaciviruses” was published in the journal Hepatology. Please find the original publication here.

August 2014

Christian Mayer from the research group Infection Immunology at the Twincore is awarded the prize "Paper of the Month“ for august. With the publication „Künstliche Immunzellen gegen Intrazelluläre Krankheitserreger“ in the journal Blood he could satisfy the jury. The prize was accepted by Peyman Ghorbani on behalf of the research group. Please find the publication here

July 2014

For her publication “The gammaherpesviruses KSHV and MHV68 modulate the TLR-induced proinflammatory cytokine response” Kendra Bussey from the research group Viral Immune Modulation at HZI was awarded the “Paper of the Month” prize. Her article was published in the Journal of Virology. The publication can be found here

June 2014

For the publication “Uncoupling of the dynamics of host–pathogen interaction uncovers new mechanisms of viral interferon antagonism at the single-cell level”, published in the scientific journal Nucleic Acids Research Advance Access, the scientists Ulfert Rand, Upneet Hillebrand, Stephanie Sievers, Steffi Willenberg, Mario Köster, Hansjörg Hauser and Dagmar Wirth received  the award for the “HZI Paper of the Month” in june 2014. Please find the publication here.

May 2014

For the publication “The Structure Elucidation and Total Synthesis of b-Lipomycin”  the scientists Olaf Hartmann and Markus Kalesse received  the award for the “HZI Paper of the Month” in may 2014. The paper was published in the scientific journal “Angewandte Chemie”. Please find the publication here.

April 2014

For her publication "Interferon regulatory factor-1 protects from fatal neurotropic infection with vesicular stomatitis virus by specific inhibition of viral replication in neurons" ,Sharmila Nair, PhD student in the research group Innate Immunity and Infection at the HZI, received the award for the “HZI Paper of the Month” in April 2014. The paper was published in the journal PloS Pathogens. The publication is available here.

March 2014

In March 2014 the winner of the award “HZI Paper of the Month” was Hussein Ali. During his work at the HIPS he issued the paper “Budesonide loaded nanoparticles with pH-sensitive coating for improved mucosal targeting in mouse models of inflammatory bowel diseases”, which was published in the journal J Control Release. The publication is available here.

February 2014

Catharina Arnold-Schrauf from the Institute for Infection Immunology at the Twincore was awarded the "Paper of the Month" Prize for February. Her article "Dendritic Cells Coordinate Innate Immunity via MyD88 Signaling to Control Listeria monocytogenes Infection” was published in "Cell Reports". Prof Lothar Jänsch and Dr Hansjörg Hauser handed over the award. The original publication can be found here.

January 2014

The prize "Paper of the Month“ for January was awarded to Cenbin Lu from the Department of Drug Delivery and Optimization at the HIPS. His publication “Overcoming the unexpected functional inversion of a PqsR antagonist in Pseudomonas aeruginosa: An in vivo potent antivirulence agent targeting pqs quorum sensing” was released in the journal “Angewandte Chemie”. The original publication can be found here.

December 2013

For their publication “Tmprss2 Is Essential for Influenza H1N1 Virus Pathogenesis in Mice” published in the scientific journal Plos Pathogens, Bastan Hatesuer and Nora Mehnert received the award “HZI Paper of the Month” in December 2013. Both are members of the research group “Infection Genetics“ at the HZI. The publication is available here.

November 2013

In November 2013, Jan Hellert received the award „HZI Paper of the Month“ for his publication "A Structural Basis for BRD2/4-Mediated Host Chromatin Interaction and Oligomer Assembly of Kaposi Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus and Murine Gammaherpesvirus  ANA Proteins” published in the journal Plos Pathogens. Hellert is a member of the junior research groups “Macromolecular Interactions” and "Structurebased Infection Biology" at the HZI and works together with the Hannover Medical School. Dagmar Wirth, head of the department “Model Systems for Infections”, handed over the prize. The publication is available here.

October 2013

Dr Franz Puttur, from the Twincore, received the "Paper of the Month" award. His article „Absence of Siglec-H in MCMV infection elevates interferon alpha production but does not enhance viral clearance” was published in the journal PLoS Pathogens. Prof Emmanuelle Charpentier, head of the "Regulation in Infection Biology" department at the HZI, handed over the prize to Puttur. Please find the publication here.

September 2013

Ramya Nandakumar and Katja Finsterbusch won the „Paper of the Month“ Award in September for their paper „Hepatitis C virus replication in mouse cells is restricted by IFN-dependent and -independent mechanisms Gastroenterology“ which was published in the „Journal of Immunology“. In place of the awardees, Sharmila Nair accepted the certificate. Please find the publication here.

August 2013

Sascha Cording, former member of the Research Group “Experimental Immunology” of the HZI, won the “Paper of the Month” award in August 2013. His publication “The intestinal micro-environment imprints stromal cells to promote efficient Treg induction in gut-draining lymph nodes” was published in the scientific journal Mucosal ImmunologyIn place of the awardee, Jörn Petzoldt accepted the certificate. Please find the publication here.

July 2013

Anne Frentzen, Department of Experimental Virology at TWINCORE, received the „Paper of the Month" award for her publication „Cell entry, efficient RNA-replication and production of infectious hepatitis C virus progeny in mouse liver-derived cells “, which was released in the scientific journal Hepatology. Please find the publication here.

June 2013

Herbert Irschik is the winner of the “Paper of the Month” award in April 2013. The awarded paper “Isolation, Structure Elucidation, and Biological Activity of Maltepolides: Remarkable Macrolides from Myxobacteria” was published in the scientific journal Angewandte Chemie. Irschik is researcher at the HZI. Please find the publication here

May 2013

Stellvertrend für die Gewinnerin nahm Thomas Pietschmann die Urkunde von Luka Cicin-Sain entgegen.

Juliane Gentzsch, Department of Experimental Virology at TWINCORE, received the „Paper of the Month" award for her publication „Hepatitis C Virus p7 is Critical for Capsid Assembly and Envelopment“, which was released in the scientific journal PLOS Pathogens. In place of the awardee, Thomas Pietschmann accepted the certificate from Luka Cicin-Sain. Please find the publication here.

April 2013

Nicole Daum is the winner of the “Paper of the Month” award in April 2013. The awarded paper “Nanoparticle Geometry and Surface Orientation Influence Mode of Cellular Uptake” was published in the scientific journal ASC Nano. Daum is a member of Claus-Michael Lehr’s Research Group “Drug Delivery” at the HIPS. Please find the publication here

March 2013

Sabin Bhuju, member of the Research Group “Tuberculosis Research” headed by Mahavir Singh, received the “Paper of the Month” award in March 2013. The paper “Global gene transcriptome analysis in vaccinated cattle revealed a dominant role of IL-22 for protection against bovine tuberculosis“ was published in the scientific journal PLoS Pathogene. Please find the publicatuion here

February 2013

Linda Ebermann, member of the Junior Research Group “Immune Aging and Chronic Infections” of Luca Cicin-Sain, won the “Paper of the Month” award in February 2013. Her publication “Block of death-receptor apoptosis protects mouse cytomegalovirus from macrophages and is a determinant of virulence in immunodeficient hosts” was published in the scientific journal PLOS Pathogens. Please find the publication here.

January 2013

Bahram Kasmapour, PhD student in the Research Group “Phagosome Biology” of Maximiliano Gutierrez, received the “Paper of the Month” award in January 2013. Kasmapour’s paper “Size-dependent mechanism of cargo sorting during lysosome-phagosome fusion is controlled by Rab34“ was published by the scientific journal PNAS. Please find the publication here.

December 2012

In December 2012, the winner of the „Paper of the Month“ is Marc Schuster. His publication „IκBNS Protein Mediates Regulatory T Cell Development via Induction of the Foxp3 Transcription Factor” was published in the high-ranking scientific journal Immunity. Marc Schuster is a member of the research group „Systems-oriented immunology and inflammation research”. Please find the publication here.

November 2012

Stefan Schmelz, department “Molecular Structural Biology”, and the former HZI member Jonas Kügler were awarded the „Paper of the Month“ prize for November 2012. Their publication „High Affinity Peptide Inhibitors of the Hepatitis C Virus NS3-4A Protease Refractory to Common Resistant Mutants“ was published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry. Please find the publication here.

October 2012

In October 2012, the publication “Phosphorylation of Atg5 by the Gadd45β–MEKK4-p38 pathway inhibits autophagy” was chosen as “Paper of the Month”. First author of the study published in the scientific journal Cell Death and Differentiation is Ralf Höcker. The PhD student works in the research group “Systems-oriented immunology and inflammation research“ under the guidance of Ingo Schmitz. Please find the publication here.

September 2012

Prof. Dr. Dr.  Luka Cicin-Sain is the winner of the “Paper of the Month” award in September 2012. His publication “Cytomegalovirus infection impairs immune responses and accentuates T-cell pool changes observed in mice with aging” was published in the scientific journal PLOS Pathogens. Luka Cicin-Sain is the Head of the Junior Research Group “Immune Aging and Chronic Infections” at the HZI. Please find the publication here.

August 2012

Tobias Klein und Claudia Henn received the “Paper of the Month” award in August 2012. Their paper „Identification of Small-Molecule Antagonists of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa Transcriptional Regulator PqsR: Biophysically Guided Hit Discovery and Optimization” was published in the scientific journal ACS Chemical Biology. Klein und Henn are members of the research group “Drug Design and Optimization” at the Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland. Please find the publication here.

July 2012

Xiaoying Bian from the Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research of Saarland received the “Paper of the Month” award in July 2012. His publication „Full-length RecE enhances linear-linear homologous recombination and facilitates direct cloning” was published in the high-ranking scientific journal Nature Biotechnology. Patrick Okanya accepted the prize as representative. Please find the publication here.

June 2012

The Winner of the “Paper of the Month” award in June 2012 is Dr. Ulfert Rand. His paper „Multi-layered stochasticity and paracrine signal propagation shape the type-I interferon response” was published in the scientific journal Molecular Systems Biology. Dr. Rand is a member of the research group “Model Systems for Infection and Immunity”. Please find the publication here.

May 2012

Johan M. Waern, former member of the Clinical Research Group „ Cell and Gene Therapy” at the TWINCORE, received the “Paper of the Month” award in May 2012. His publication „Ectopic expression of murine CD47 minimizes macrophage rejection of human hepatocyte xenografts in immunodeficient mice” was published in the high-ranking scientific journal Hepatology. Prof. Carlos Guzmán, head of the Department „Vaccinology and applied Microbiology” and co-author of the study, accepted the price as representative. Please find the publication here.

April 2012

In April 2012 Dr. Sibylle Haid received the “Paper of the Month” award for her publication „A Plant-Derived Flavonoid Inhibits Entry of All HCV Genotypes into Human Hepatocytes“. Haids research results were published by the science journal Gastroenterology. The scientist works at the Department of Experimental Virology at the TWINCORE under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Thomas Pietschmann. The publication is available here.

March 2012

Dr. Katja Böhme and Rebekka Steinmann are the awardees of the March 2012 “Paper of the Month” award. Their publication „Concerted Actions of a Thermo-labile Regulator and a Unique Intergenic RNA Thermosensor Control Yersinia Virulence” was released in the science journal PLoS Pathogens. Both scientists work in the Department of Molecular Infection Biology. The publication is available here.

February 2012

Niña Socorro Cortina and Dr. Daniel Krug received the “Paper of the Month” award in February 2012. Their publication „Myxoprincomide: A Natural Product from Myxococcus xanthus Discovered by Comprehensive Analysis of the Secondary Metabolome” was published in the science magazine Angewandte Chemie International Edition. Both scientists work in the department of “Microbial Natural Products” at the Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research of Saarland under the guidance of Prof. R. Müller, senior author of the publication.

January 2012

Dr. Nick Quade, Department of Molecular Structural Biology, and Liujie Hou, Department of Microbial Natural Products, Helmholtz-Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland, received the “paper of the month” award in January 2012. Their publication “Unusual carbon fixation gives rise to diverse polyketide extender units” was published in the science magazine "Nature Chemical Biology". Prof. Dr. Dirk Heinz, senior author of the study, accepted the award.

December 2011

Dr. Tae-Won Kang and Tatiana Yevsa have won the paper of the month December 2011 award for their publication "Senescence surveillance of premalignant hepatocytes limits liver cancer development", which was published in the science magazine "Nature". Both work in the Junior Research Group of Prof. Dr. Lars Zender "Chronic infections and cancer". The publication is available here.

November 2011

Dr. Andrea Kroeger and Prof. Dirk Heinz present the "Paper of the Month"-Award of November 2011 to Dr. Katja Crull (middle).

Dr. Katja Crull received the "Paper of the Month"-award in November 2011 for her publication in the scientific journal Cellular Microbiology. She works as a postdoc in the research group "Molecular Immunology", the group leader is Dr. Siegfried Weiss. Link to publication.

October 2011

Frank Uliczka received the Paper of the Month Award for the month October 2011. His winning publication was released in the journal PLoS Pathogens: Uliczka F, Pisano F, Schaake J, Stolz T, Rohde M, et al. (2011) Unique Cell Adhesion and Invasion Properties of Yersinia enterocolitica O:3, the Most Frequent Cause of Human Yersiniosis. PLoS Pathog 7(7): e1002117. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1002117 

September 2011

Dr. Upneet Sandhu is the awardee of the September 2011 Paper of the Month. Her winning publication "Strict control of transgene expression in a mouse model for sensitive biological applications based on RMCE compatible ES cells" was published in the scientific journal Nucleic Acids Research (Nucl. Acids Res., 2011, Vol. 39, No. 1 e1 doi:10.1093/nar/gkq868).

June 2011

Silva Amelung received the Paper of the Month June 2011 award for her paper "The FbaB-type fibronectin-binding protein of Streptococcus pyogenes promotes specific invasion into endothelial cells", published in Cellular Microbiology. Please find the paper here.

May 2011

Heinrich Steinmetz from the research group "Microbial Drugs" was awarded Paper of the Monthe May 2011 for the publication "Elansolid A, a unique antibiotic from Chitinophaga sancti isolated as two stable atropisomers", published in "Angew Chem Int Ed Engl". Please find the publication here.

 

 

April 2011

Dr. Matthias Lochner from the Institute of Infection Immunology at the TWINCORE Centre for Experimantal and Clinical Infection Research in Hannover was awared Paper of the Month April 2011 for his JEM publication "Microbiota-induced tertiary lymphoid tissues aggravate inflammatory disease in the absence of RORyt and LTi cells". Please find the publication here.

March 2011

PD Dr. Manfred Rohde is the winner for the March 2011 Paper of the Month award. His publication "Differences in the aromatic domain of homologous streptococcal fibronectin-binding proteins trigger different cell invasion mechanisms and survival rates" describes adhesion and invasion factors of Group A and Group G streptococci. Please find the paper here.

February 2011

Dr. Stefan Flöß is the winner of the February 2011 "Paper of the Month" for the publication "Epigenetic modification of the human CCR6 gene is associated with stable CCR6 expression in T cells". Therein, Stefan Flöß describes mechanisms of the CCR6 chemokine receptor expression in Th17 cells and regulatory T cells. Here you find the publication.