29 January 2015 Two recent ICFO papers highlighted by the HFSP

Artist impression of the hierarchical organization of the receptor DC-SIGN (red) on the cell membrane: from nanoclusters to meso-scale compartments.

PNAS and J. Cell Science papers highlighted for new findings in Biology by means of super-resolution and single molecules approaches. Two recent studies published in PNAS and J. cell Science by the Single Molecule Biophotonics group led by ICREA Professor at ICFO Maria Garcia-Parajo have been highlighted by the Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP) for new findings in biology by means of technically advanced imaging instrumentation.

The HFSP is an international program of research support, funding frontier research on the “complex mechanisms of living organisms”. HFSP research grants promote intercontinental collaboration and training in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research focused on the life sciences. The organization highlights papers of exceptional scientific interest resulting from these collaborations.

Garcia-Parajo & A. Cambi from the NCMLS in the Netherlands are HFSP awardees since 2012. Their recent findings have now been highlighted by the HFSP since they provide clear proof of the hierarchical organization of the cell membrane and its implications in cellular function. The evidence for compartmentalization at multiple spatiotemporal scales constitutes a paradigm shift in the way biological membranes have been understood to date.