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Periodic Report Summary 1 - NANOMEM (Membrane Protein Nanocrystallography)

NanoMem is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network supported by the European Commission Framework Seven Programme. Our goal is to train the next generation of young researchers in state-of-the-art approaches to membrane protein structural biology using synchrotron radiation and X-ray free electron lasers. Our approach is interdisciplinary with two laboratories or industrial Partners contributing to the project from each of Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, France and the United Kingdom. All ten vacant positions (nine ESRs and one ER) have been filled, although one ESR (ESR3) left the project early and has since been replaced. Richard Neutze coordinates the grant and Gergely Katona is appointed as training officer.

In the autumn of 2013 The University of Oxford were included as an Associated Partner to provide the possibility of ESR7 (Katharina Jungnickel) employed at PARTNER 7 (MDL, an industrial Partner) to study towards the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. This was approved by the Project Officer at the time. However, during the mid-term review this considered problematic since ESR7 was working almost entirely at the University of Oxford. Similarly, ESR4 employed at Partner 4 (Swissci) was working almost entirely at the Paul Scherer Institute (Partner 2). For these reasons an amendment to the contract was initiated to make the University of Oxford a full partner (Partner 11) so that they could host ESR7, and to discontinue Swissci as a partner with ESR4 becoming hosted by the Paul Scherrer Institute (Partner 2). As part of this amendment, MDL will appoint another ESR (ESR10) so as to be trained in commercializing research, but ESR10 will not be enrolled as a PhD student.

The consortium has been very active in high-quality research at the forefront of structural biology. We have together developed new methods for addressing membrane protein structure and time-resolved scattering and diffraction studies using XFEL and synchrotron radiation. The first scientific publications from ESRs and the ER are now emerging.

More information can be found at the project webpage:


Maria Enge, (Research funding advisor)
Tel.: +46 31 786 6473
Fax: +46 31 786 4355


Life Sciences
Record Number: 187450 / Last updated on: 2016-08-19