"pART of Research" calendar competition - Vote Now!

Early career researchers of all HHU faculties were asked to show the world the diversity of research at HHU. This year’s theme of the calendar competition is “Diversity in Research / Objects - Places -Tools”.  27 images have been submitted and now it’s your turn to vote for the 12 most favorite images that will be displayed in the “pART of Research 2019” calendar of HeRA in cooperation with the Diversity Coordination Office.
The final calendar will be available for free from Heine Research Academies this fall.

You can vote for following images (in order of submission). Please click to enlarge. You find the ballot at the end of this page. The poll is open till July 31st 2017.

1. The Beauty of Waste

Dr. Bernd M. Schmidt, Oliver Michel, Tom Kunde

Organic Chemistry 1/ Faculty of Math. and Nat. Scie.

"Shown is the filter paper of a garbage can for liquid, water-soluble substances."


2. Hot Oil Bath

Dr. Bernd M. Schmidt, Oliver Michel

Organic Chemistry 1/ Faculty of Math. and Nat. Scie.

"Shown is a pattern of flowmarks of a hot, impure oil bath in an alu-pot."


3. Basket full of knowledge

Senem Sahin

Institute of Cardiovascular Physiology / Medical Faculty

"Cardiac cells from rat embryos were stained with fluorescence antibodies againts the protein LAMP1 and part of titin. The central cell has formed into a kind of basket with its nucleus in the middle. "


4. The Yeast Files

Dr. Catalin Voiniciuc

Institute of Plant Cell Biology and Biotechnology/ Faculty of Math. and Nat. Scie.

"The unicellular yeast Pichia pastoris serendipitously assembled into an X-shaped structure, reminiscent of an American science fiction TV show. The cells were genetically engineered to express a green fluorescent protein, and were visualized with a fluorescence microscope. Yeasts such as Pichia are programmable factories that can synthesize high-value products, such as therapeutics and biomaterials."


5. The Fluorescent Cerebellum

Eva Salveridou

IUF – Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine/ (Doctoral researcher of the) Faculty of Math. and Nat. Scie.

"This picture demonstrates the cerebellum of an adult mouse. The outer layer consists of Purkinje cells, which are some of the largest neurons in the brain and play an important role in controlling motor movements and coordination."


6. Fighting Superbugs

Nicola Porta

Institute for Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry/ Faculty of Math. and Nat. Scie.

"'Superbugs' is a term used to describe strains of bacteria that are resistant to the majority of antibiotics commonly used today. Increasing prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) worldwide with limited therapeutic options is a growing public health concern. Computational methods, such as molecular dynamics simulations, allow us to obtain an atomistic description of drug action, which is of utmost importance for the development of better drugs."


7. Urine Guitar

Md Shaifur Rahman

Institute for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine/ (Doctoral Researcher of the) Faculty of Math. and Nat. Scie.

"Urine derived stem cells have been stained with Phalloidin. "


8. The Owls are not what they seem.

Dr. Verena Meis

Institute forGerman Studies IV / Faculty of Arts and Humanities

"Diaphenous creatures who occupy the space of knowledge."


9. Die Hände bei der Arbeit

Dr. Manuela Sellitto

Institute for Comparative Psychology/ Faculty of Math. and Nat. Scie.

"Our brain makes us collecting saliva samples, modelling behavior with math, looking at imaging data, and writing research reports, so that in turn we gain new knowledge about the brain.

But we couldn’t make it work without coffee, of course. "


10. The plant devilkin

Jenia Schlegel

Institute for Developmental Genetics / Faculty of Math. and Nat. Scie.

"The picture shows a developing flower primordium from the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. In pink the expression pattern of the peptide CLE40 is shown, which is involved in plant development. The detailed function of the peptide is still not fully understood (therefore the title)."


11. High-Five

Dr. Nora K. Schaal, Dr. Lisa M. Körner

Institute for Experimental Psychology - Cognitive Psychology / Faculty of Math. and Nat. Scie.

"Within the scope of the baby and children study conducted by the Department of Cognitive Psychology we accompany infants and children from 3 to 70 months of age. On the basis of the scanned hands, the individual digit ratio of the length between the index and ring finger is determined, a measure which is associated with prenatal testosterone. In various studies we investigate possible relationships between prenatal testosterone and different behavioural traits."


12. Newton Fractal

Dr. Götz Lehmann

Institute for Theoretical Physics I / Faculty of Math. and Nat. Scie.

"The picture shows a Newton fractal, which is a completely computer generated structure.In my lecture "Numerical Simulations" we discuss numerical methods for root finding. Newton fractals are structures that emerge when we try to understand why a particular method, the Newton-Raphson method, sometimes finds a root with little effort, but on the other hand struggles and requires significantly more computational effort if we make slight changes."


13. Bull's eye into the brain!

Laura Nimtz

IUF – Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine/ (Doctoral researcher of the) Faculty of Math. and Nat. Scie.

"The picture shows a staining of neurons (red) of a human neuronal network in vitro. The cell nuclei are shown in blue. The bull's eye is formed by an airbubble between the coverslip and the slide."


14. Hosed

Dr. John Farmer

Institute for Theoretical Physics I / Faculty of Math. and Nat. Scie.

"Plasma seems like the perfect medium for particle acceleration, due to the high fields it can support. Unfortunately, useful acceleration is often prevented by the growth of instabilities. An electron beam (purple) propagating along a hollow plasma channel (green) excites electric fields (blue and red). In the top case, the development of the "hosing instability" destroys the beam. The addition of an on-axis plasma filament (bottom) prevents the instability growth."


15. Eyeversity

Joana Witt, Jana Dietrich, Dr. Janusz Jadasz

Laboratory of Experimental Ophthalmology (UKD) / (Doctoral Researcher of the) Faculty of Math. and Nat. Scie.

"Our pART picture shows the eyes of the eye research lab members and highlights the title Eyeversity, which combines three meanings.

Eye – Translational research in ophthalmology for the reconstruction and regeneration of a healthy eye.

Diversity - The iris, which is as unique as the personality of the people behind it.

University - Working in a creative and multifaceted atmosphere like the university."


16. Midnight sun in Reykjavik - EURAM conference 2018 in Iceland

Arne Bergfeld, Natalie Brüne, Marisa Henn

Chair of Entrepreneurship and Finance / Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

"Returning to the hotel late at night after the EURAM conference party in Reykjavik, Iceland."


17. Colored speech

Kim Strütjen

Institute for Language and Information Science / Faculty of Arts and Humanities

"This picture shows acoustic signals of speech. They are freely combined with each other and colored. Most of the signals show vowels which are characterized by periodic waveforms. Each vowel has its own distinctive waveform."


18. Experiencing Japan in Brazil

Peter Bernardi

Department of Modern Japanese Studies& Office of Dean of Studies / Faculty of Arts and Humanities

"Over 100 years ago, the first Japanese migrants came to Brazil to work at the booming coffee plantations. Today, the Japanese diaspora in Brazil is the largest outside of Japan and the topic of my doctoral thesis. In the city of São Paulo, these memories of Brazil and Japan can be found in everyday life, expressing an encounter between tradition and modernity: Japanese lanterns meet modern traffic lights shaped in their image, and a modern Brazilian legend meets a symbol of Japanese culture."


19. Physical Exercise

Alina Golub, Fiona Grüll*

Institute for Theoretical Physics I / Faculty of Math. and Nat. Scie.

"Fundamentals of quantum electrodynamics.Three ways to write the fermionic propagator in the one-loop approximation: deWitt, integrals and Feynman diagram."

*assisted by Lars Reichwein


20. The diversity of different Candida species

Sebastian Scharf, Robin Biermann

Institute of Medical Microbiology and Hospital Hygiene (UKD) / (Doctoral Researcher of the) Faculty of Math. and Nat. Scie.

"A differentiation of different fungi species of the yeast genus Candida by cultivation on Sabouraud dextrose agar is not possible due to the optical similarity of the grown colonies (upper side of the agar plate).

The diversity of the different fungi only becomes apparent on cultivation on CHROMagar ™ (lower side of the agar plate). Special nutrients contained in the agar color the fungi differently depending on the species."


21. The fish in the sea of yeast

Quynh Nguyen

Institute of Functional Genome Research of Microorganisms / Faculty of Math. and Nat. Scie.

"Diversity exists even under the microscope!"


22. A Biochemist's Dream

Dr. Andreas Sebastian Klein

Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry / Faculty of Math. and Nat. Scie.

"We live in a time of change - this also applies to the research of new pharmaceuticals. The photo shows my imagination of a process that combines diverse techniques of biology and chemistry to produce novel biopharmaceuticals. The research of our institutes at the HHU brings us closer to this dream of the sustainable provision of medicines every day."


23. Fortuna zur Blauen Stunde

  • Photographer: Thorsten Bischof, The image shows the unit "Fortuna" of the combined cycle power plant situated at the site "Lausward" at the blue hour.

Thorsten Bischof

Lehrstuhl für Deutsches und Ausländisches Öffentliches Recht, Völkerrecht und Europarecht / Faculty of Law

"The image shows the unit "Fortuna" of the combined cycle power plant situated at the site "Lausward" at the blue hour. The site being owned and operated by Stadtwerke Düsseldorf is currently the most efficient and powerful combined cycle power plant of the world. Such sophisticated power plants lead the way into a climate neutral whilst at the same time highly electrified future.

How the Paris Agreement on Climate Change supports the ongoing transition is the subject of my research."


24. iGEM Team Düsseldorf 2018

Nicolas Schmelling & iGEM Team 2018

Institute of Synthetic Microbiology / Faculty of Math. and Nat. Scie.

"We are a young group of biology and computer science students of Heinrich Heine Univerisity. Some days in the lab could be stressful but we want to make the best out of every day by panting funny agar arts or have some funny and crazy photoshoots. Our daily work for our project is not just lab work, but also meeting other iGEM Teams or try to share our results with the public."


25. Fluorescent protein

Benedikt Baumer

Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry / Faculty of Math. and Nat. Scie.

"This picture is the result of my master thesis at the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry (IBOC) and shows basicly magnetic beads (in red; average size: 30 µm) with a fluorescent protein (yellow). The protein is based on YFP (yellow-) and CFP (cyano fluorecent protein) and was used to indicate a possible immobilisation on the beads, which were used for the ease of separation."


26. Are they watching us back?

Dr. Rumen Ivanov

Institute of Botany / Faculty of Math. and Nat. Scie.

"Green silhouettes appear from the darkness. The students of the M4450 course observe the usually invisible shapes under a fluorescent microscope. These are the cellular cytoskeleton elements, fine threads functioning as molecular transport highways that connect the complex structures of a plant tissue. Sometimes the view in the microscope can be puzzling. Are these eyes watching us? Could it be that while we strive to uncover the secrets of life, someone observes back exploring our curiosity?"


27. Microcosmos

Dr. Marina Ludescher, Nadia Stamm

Research Lab of the Gynaecological Clinic / Medical Faculty

"This immunofluerescence picture of a breast cancer cell line with visualized protein interactions reminded us of distant galaxies. A universe in a cell!"

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