CBR is a strategic research center focusing on biomembranes and membrane proteins financed by the Swedish Foundation for Stragetic Research. CBR hosts a number of internationally competitive research labs, we have continuing seminar series where membrane-related work is presented, and through this web site we intend to share both prediction servers, dataset, and general membrane protein knowledge with the scientific community. You are more than welcome to get in touch with us should you have any questions about our work or membranes in general! For more information, see About CBR in the menu to your left.
Gunnar von Heijne, Professor & Center Director
March, 2012: Award to CBR scientist. CBR scientist Martin Högbom has received a 25.000 EUR award from the Ruth and Nils-Erik Stenbäck Foundation in Helsinki, FInland.
February, 2012: Molecular Cell paper by CBR authors. Öjemalm, K., Halling, K.K., Nilsson, IMN., and von Heijne, G. (2012) Orientational preferences of neighboring helices can drive ER insertion of a marginally hydrophobic transmembrane helix.
Jan 31, 2012: Award to CBR scientist. CBR Director Gunnar von Heijne has been awarded the Accomplishment By A Senior Scientist Award by the International Society of Computational Biology.
Jan, 2012: Ingvar Carlsson Award grant to CBR. CBR PI Jens Carlsson has been awarded an Ingvar Carlsson Award grant from the Foundation for Strategic Research.
Jan 8, 2012: Nature paper by CBR authors. CBR authors, Gunnar von Heijne, Patrik Björklund, Erik Lindahl and Arne Elofsson contributed to the following publication: Molecular recognition of a single sphingolipid species by a protein’s transmembrane domain Nature doi:10.1038/nature10742
Jan 1, 2011: Lynn Kamerlin assumes assistant professorship at SU. Lynn has been a co-worker with Arieh Warshel for several years, and is famous for her work on enzymes and method development in theoretical biophysics. She's new faculty at the department of organic chemistry at Stockholm University, and we're delighted to have her affiliated with CBR too.
2011: CBR scientists elected to the Young Academy of Sweden. CBR PIs Erik Lindahl and Martin Högbom have been elected to the Young Academy of Sweden.
Dec 16, 2010: Second SSF Future Research Leader grant to CBR. CBR PI Martin Högbom has been awarded the Future Research Leader grant from the Foundation for Strategic Research
November 23, 2010: Second CBR startup receives seed funding. The CBR bioinformatics company BinaryBio AB founded on work in the groups of profs. Erik Lindahl & Arne Elofsson has been awarded SEK 300,000 in seed funding from VINNOVA to cover business development costs.
November 9, 2010: Research fellow position. CBR Professor Erik Lindahl has been awarded a 6-year position as senior research fellow in bioinformatics from the Swedish Research Council.
October 8, 2010: Third ERC grant to CBR. Berk Hess has been awarded an ERC starting independent researcher grant form his work on molecular simulation methodology development.
June 7, 2010: EUROBIC award to CBR. CBR PI Martin Högbom has been awarded the European Medal for Bio-Inorganic Chemistry. The award is given every second year to a European scientist for "Excellence and Impact in the field of Bioinorganic chemistry"
May 27, 2010: New Science paper from CBR. Science Express has just published a new work by Susanna Seppälä, Joanna Slusky, Pilar Lloris-Garcera, Mikaela Rapp and Gunnar von Heijne, where they show that it is possible to control the insertion topology of the EmrE protein with a single positively charged residue that is placed in different locations, including at the very C-terminus. This is partly counter-intuitive, since the rest of the protein has already been inserted prior to the C-terminus. Thus, the insertion can at least in some cases be a global process rather than specific to each helix, which provides very valuable insight about translocon-mediated insertion that can also help advance the design of new membrane proteins.
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New Assistant Professor at CBR. Rob Daniels will join CBR March 1 as Assistant Professor in Eukaryotic Membrane Biology. Rob received his doctoral degree in 2007 from the Program of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA. His graduate work in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Hebert focused on understanding the co-translational maturation of Influenza hemagglutinin and the entry and release of the non-eneveloped virus SV40. He performed his post-doctoral studies in the laboratory of Drs. Staffan and Birgitta Normark at the Karolinska Institute where he investigated the assembly of exported proteins in Gram-positive bacteria. His lab will focus on understanding the contributions of the signal sequences and transmembrane regions of the type I and II membrane glycoproteins hemagglutinin and neuraminidase to their maturation, assembly and ultimately their function during an influenza infection.
December 21, 2009: X-mas fun - CBR enters the music business. We are proud to announce that CBR has decided to compete with iTunes and Spotify by having our own 'jingle' in 2010. On February 23, you can experience the future of science PR at http://www.lovejingles.com/calendar/2/2010. And, for the record, not a single cent of research money was hurt in producing it. Start reloading your browsers - only two months to wait ;-)
August 11, 2009: New grants to CBR PIs. Three out of six grants in the international "Multidisciplinary BIO" program were awarded to teams with CBR partners (Elofsson, Langel, and von Heijne). Multidisciplinary BIO is a joint program between the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, VINNOVA, and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).
June 23, 2009: Open Assistant Professor position in "Eukaryotic Membrane Biology" at CBR!
As part of the extended support from the Foundation for Strategic Research, CBR has decided to recruit a new group focusing on Eukaryotic Membrane Biology to complement our current research. This is a truly open search where we are looking for an outstanding candidate to join the center, so please feel free to spread the word! The application deadline is september 1, 2009. More information about the announcement is available in the announcements from CBR or more formally in the paperwork from Stockholm University.
June 15, 2009: Both of the strategic research applications CBR is involved with are recommended for funding Today, vetenskapsrådet submitted their evaluation and recommendation for the strategic research applications to the government. CBR is heavily involved both in the SciLifeLab application in molecular life sciences (which is recommended 101MSEK/year), and the Swedish E-science Research Center (which is recommended 30MSEK/year).
April 17, 2009: CBR receives additional center funding from the Foundation for Strategic Research
After a thorough half-time evaluation by international experts and a review panel, CBR was among the strategic research centers that received significant additional funding (12MSEK), which also extends the main center project timeframe.
January 28, 2009: Third CBR Forum "Ion Channels" will be held on April 23 2009 Program
Participation is free of charge but registration is mandatory
November 7, 2008:
Lukas Käll has been awarded a personal grant as assistant professor from the Swedish Research Council, and will assume a groupleader position at CBR from january 2009!
October 14, 2008: Second ERC grant to CBR!
Professor Gunnar von Heijne is one of four swedish recipients of an European Research Council Advanced Grant in Life Sciences for his research on membrane proteins. This is the second ERC grant that has been awarded to CBR (for completely independent projects), which makes the center unique in Sweden, if not Europe. (Erik Lindahl was awarded a Starting ERC grant earlier this year for research on molecular simulation methods). Press release from Stockholm University.
May 21, 2008: Reportage about the Xbrane Bioscience AB spin-off from CBR
April 2008: Remember the 2nd CBR Forum!
February 11, 2008: SSF Future Research Leader grant to CBR
Erik Lindahl has been awarded one of the Future Research Leader III grants from the Foundation for Strategic Research.
January 16, 2008: Two EU FP7 grant to CBR
After negotiations, two FP7 grants involving CBR have been finalized:
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