Hans Rosling, Master of Stats dies

Hans Rosling, the self-proclaimed “Edutainer”, showed the way how to present seemingly dry and boring numbers and facts in an educational yet entertaining and mind-boggling way. Unfortunately, he passed away at the age of 68.

More Hans Roslings are needed in these times where facts seem to lose out on demagogues. Check out his Gapfinder website and the links below.

Hans Rosling dies aged 68, Karen McVeigh, The Guardian, 7 February 2017

“How not to be ignorant about the world”, Hans and Ola Rosling, TED talk 2014

“The Joy of Stats”, BBC Four, 2010

“The best stats you`ve ever seen”, Hans Rosling, TED talk 2007

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In Memoriam Marian Horzinek

A pioniering veterinary virologist, a great humanist.

In Memoriam. Koopmans M, Osterhaus A, Rottier P, Lutz H. Virology 2016.

Nachruf Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c.mult. Marian Horzinek. Bergthaler A, Pichlmair A, 2016. (German)

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Roger Tsien, R.I.P.

Nobel Laureate Roger Y. Tsien, one of the fathers of GFP and a hero of modern molecular biology, dies at 64. Rest in peace and multicolor!

New York Times, Sept 4 2016

Nobel Lecture

(photo credit: HHMI)

Image result for roger tsien gfp(photo credit: Tsien Lab)

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Gravitational waves, welcome!

Physicists detect gravitational waves, proving Einstein right. (Dennis Overbye, Feb 11 2016, New York Times)

Pictures of the L-shapped antennas from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)

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David Bowie, R.I.P.

“I don`t know where I`m going from here, but I promise it won`t be boring.”

David Bowie, 1947-2016

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ERC Starting Grant awarded

Our laboratory has been awarded an ERC (European Research Council) Starting Grant!

ERC website


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New study in Immunity

17 November 2015

In a study by Bhattacharya, Hegazy et al. Immunity Vol 43 Issue 5 (LINK, Open Acess), we discovered a novel link of how, unexpectedly, the antiviral interferon signaling pathway causes oxidative damage and liver pathology.

Picture from our Paper Celebration Party  (picture from left to right: Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan, Deputy Chief of Mission; His Excellency Rajiv Misra, Indian Ambassador to Austria and Montenegro; Anannya Bhattacharya, PhD student at CeMM; Dr. Andreas Bergthaler, Principal Investigator at CeMM; Dr. Giulio Superti-Furga, Scientific Director at CeMM)


Congratulations and thanks to the entire team, our collaborators as well as all funding sources!
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Obituary on William Paul, 79

William (“Bill”) E. Paul, a true giant of modern immunology died on 15 September 2015. He was a leading force in immunology, pioneering the research of T cells and cytokines, serving as editor and president of the most eminent journals and organisations and writing the widely known textbook Fundamental Immunology. Among many other services to the community he also served as member of the Scientific Advisory Board of CeMM, lending us his razor-sharp intellect to drill down to the relevant scientific questions and to provide the best possible advice.

There is this phrase of ”Standing on the shoulders of the giants”, which most popularly is traced back to a letter by Isaac Newton from the year 1676. It refers to the incremental increase of knowledge in science. Unbeknownst to Newton, he must have thought of Bill.

  • Oral History project by the American Association of Immunologists, interviewing Bill Paul on his personal background, his career decisions, advice for trainees, etc. and even ending with an immunology joke! ;O) LINK
  • William E. Paul (1936-2015), Ronald N. Germain. Nature 526, 324 (15 October 2015) LINK
  • William E. Paul, M.D. (1936-2015), Ronald N. Germain, B.J. Fowls, Lawrence E. Samelson and Warren J. Leonard, Immunity 43, October 20, 2015 LINK
  • Picture below: Lab discussion with Bill Paul and Richard Flavell during the 2012 Scientific Advisory Board meeting at CeMM


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Creativity meets solidarity

One minute of silence for refugees tops Austrian music chart. Masterminded by Raoul Haspel, an Austrian visual artist. (Yahoo News)



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Global h-index ranking

For whatever Hirsch`s metric of the h-index may be worth it or not, here are a few extracts from the recent analysis of Google Webometrics. The data is based on Google Scholar Citations and GSC public profiles and, thus, for sure not complete.

Worldwide ranking of highly cited researchers (h>100) according to their Google Scholar Citations public profiles:

Rank 1: Sigmund Freud (University of Vienna), h: 251 (367305 citations)
Rank 8: Richard Flavell (Yale University), h: 197 (145338 citations)
Rank 19: Matthias Mann (Max Planck Society), h: 177 (143407 citations)
Rank 21: Guido Kroemer (INSERM), h:  173 (124638 citations)
Rank 25: Joseph Stiglitz (Columbia University), h: 169 (175827 citations)
Rank 28: Eugene Koonin (National Institutes of Health), h: 164 (112733 citations)
Rank 39: Leroy Hood (Institute for Systems Biology, h: 157 (117200 citations)
Rank 40: Karl Marx (University of Bonn, Berlin and Jena), h: 156 (208910 citations)
Rank 137: Vishva Dixit (Genentech), h: 130 (76957 citations)
Rank 187: Theodor Adorno (Goethe Universität Frankfurt), h: 123 (105100 citations)
Rank 226: Janet Thornton (EBI EMBL), h: 120 (83864 citations)
Rank 298: Josef Penninger (Austrian Academy of Sciences), h: 115 (59735 citations)
Rank 300: Ignacio Cirac (Max Planck Institute), h: 115 (58446 citations)
Rank 323: Martin Nowak (Harvard University), h: 113 (63881 citations)
Rank 376: Stephen Hawking (University of Cambridge), h: 110 (95056 citations)
Rank 492: Edward Wilson (Harvard University), h: 105 (94764 citations)
Rank 493: Linus Pauling (California Institute of Technology), h: 105 (78252 citations)
Rank 567: Adriano Aguzzi (University of Zurich), h: 103 (38788 citations)
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