***new address***

Prof. Robert Ernst  

Professor for Molecular Biology

University of Saarland
School of Medicine

Institute of Biochemistry
Kirrberger Strasse
Building 61.4
66421 Homburg (Saar)
Germany

AK Ernst
robert.ernst(at)uks.eu
++49 6841 16 47875

 

 

KING NEWS ***BREAKING

19.5.2017: Harry wins poster price at the 13th Yeast Lipid Conference in Paris. The conference lipid scientists from around the globe. Harry is a fellow of the Austrian Science Fund FWF and is working on the specificity of protein-lipid and protein-membrane interactions. Great stuff, Harry!

10.5.2017: Check out our new lab in Homburg. A photo of our new lab space can be seen in the Campus journal by the University of Saarland here.

15.4.2017: Robert is featured by the Journal of Cell Science as 'Cell Scientists to Watch'. Read about his motivation, path, and hobbies in the current issue of the journal here

1.4.2017: Our proposal "Design principles of living membranes" for the funding scheme "Life?" by the VW foundation has been rewarded with a research grant! It is a joint project with our dear friends Ilya Levental (UTH Houston, Texas, USA), James Sáenz (TU Dresden, GER) and Maya Schuldiner (Weizmann Institute, Tel Aviv, ISR). Fantastico! Go team, go!

***BREAKING NEWS ***
How does a cell sense and regulate its content of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids?

A cell can synthesize hundreds of lipids. Do certain lipids serve as ‘saturation’ marker or do cell sense general membrane properties such as membrane thickness to maintain membrane saturation in a regime acceptable for life? Does a cell use this information to balance membrane protein production and lipid synthesis?