DFG Grant awarded to Andreas Ettinger

Source: IES/HMGU

Andreas Ettinger, head of the IES Microscopy Core, has been awarded a grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) to perform research on the centromere.

Andreas is interested in centromeric DNA, a region of DNA that links the two sister chromatids in the chromosome. This specialized region has an important role in ensuring the chromosomes are distributed correctly during cell division (mitosis). Using his expertise in live-cell imaging, Andreas will investigate the mechanisms behind centromere assembly. As incorrect distribution of chromosomes is linked with diseased states, including cancer, his research aims to provide valuable insight in to the mechanisms behind normal mitosis and potential causes of defects in disease.

In addition to his own research within the Torres-Padilla group at the Institute of Epigenetics and Stem Cells, Andreas also provides support for IES researchers in state-of-the-art light microscopy imaging techniques as head of the Microscopy Core. For more information on instrumentation and techniques available, please visit the Microscopy Core webpage.