The first meeting Intergovernmental Working Group took place in Amsterdam on Tuesday 10th January 2017.

The meeting was organised with support of the BBSRC and NOW, who together co-chaired the Legal and Governance work package of the ISBE’s Preparatory Phase.  The meeting was attended by the representatives of national European funding organisations, including two representatives from the Czech Republic.

Following the completion of the ISBE Preparatory Phase in July 2015, the ISBE partners have started to build a sustainable European research infrastructure. Two parallel tracks are being followed:

1) acquire start-up funding doe the interim phase

2) establish an initial portfolio of web-based services that are labelled ISBE light in three ISBE domains:

  • Modelling &Theory
  • Stewardship of research assets
  • Education & Training

At the meeting, the current progress as well as the process and the time line of building the ISBE was discussed and plans and activities in the context of national investments, priorities and roadmaps were considered.

A postdoctoral position is immediately available in the group of  Prof. Rudiger Ettrich at the Center for Nanobiology and Structural Biology, Institute of Microbiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Nove Hrady, Czech Republic.

Job description:

The job involves the use of computational methods, combined bioinformatics and molecular dynamics approach on translocation systems. This project will contribute to the understanding of different aspects of structure and function of cation translocation systems. These systems are either interconnected in function or structurally related. Studied systems will include non-selective cation channels as well as potassium- or calcium selective translocation systems. The study  shall also contributes to a clearer understanding of he evolutionary relationship between the  different groups of cation translocation systems and the the results will deepen the theoretical understanding of mechanisms behind cation translocation provided by these systems.


The applicant must hold a Ph.D. degree in chemistry or physics. The applicant should also have solid experience with computational modeling of biomolecules and an overall strong motivation. The ability to work independently as well as to collaborate with an extended team of theoreticians and experimentalists is also crucial.

Applicants should send an e-mail containing their CV, motivation letter, brief summary of previous research, list of publications and names plus e-mail addresses of 2 references.


Prof. RNDr. Rudiger Ettrich, PhD.
Center for Nanobiology and Structural  Biology
Institute of Microbiology
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Zamek 136
CZ-37333 Nove Hrady
Czech Republic


Selected publications of our group related to the research topic:

Isabella Derler, Isaac Jardin, Peter B Stathopulos, Martin Muik, Marc Fahrner, Vaselina Zayats, Saurabh Pandey, Michael Poteser, Barbara Lackner, Marketa Absolonova, Klaus Groschner, Rüdiger Ettrich, Mitsu Ikura, Christoph Romanin (2016)  Cholesterol binding modulates Orai1 channel function Science Signaling 9 (412):  ra10. Jan 26.

Irene Frischauf, Vasilina Zayats, Michael Deix, Anna Hochreiter, Isaac Jardin Polo, Martin Muik, Barbara Lackner, Barbora Svobodova, Teresa Pammer, Monika Litvinukova, Amrutha Arumbakam Sridhar, Isabella Derler, Ivan Bogeski, Christoph Romanin, Rüdiger Ettrich, Rainer Schindl (2015)  A calcium accumulating region, CAR, in the Orai1 channel enhances Ca2+- permeation and SOCE-induced gene transcription Science Signaling 8 (408):  ra131. Dec 22.

Vasilina Zayats, Thomas Stockner, Saurabh K Pandey, Katharina Wörz, Rüdiger Ettrich, Jost Ludwig (2015)  A refined atomic scale model of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae K+-translocation protein Trk1p combined with experimental evidence confirms the role of selectivity filter glycines and other key residues. BBA-Biomembranes 1848 (5):  1183-1195.

Vasilina Zayats, Abdul Samad, Babak Minofar, Katherine Roelofs, Thomas Stockner, Rudiger Ettrich (2013)  Regulation of the transient receptor potential channel TRPA1 by its N-terminal ankyrin repeat domain Journal of Molecular Modeling 19:  4689–4700.

Daniel Rozbeský, Žofie Sovová, Julien Marcoux, Petr Man, Rüdiger Ettrich, Carol V Robinson, Petr Novák (2013)  Structural model of lymphocyte receptor NKR-P1C revealed by mass spectrometry and molecular modelling Analytical Chemistry 85:  3.  1597–1604.

Azadeh Nikouee, Morteza Khabiri, Stephan Grissmer, Rüdiger Ettrich (2012)  Charybdotoxin and margatoxin acting on the human voltage-gated potassium channel hKv1.3 and its H399N mutant: An experimental and computational comparison Journal of Physical Chemistry B 116 (17):  5132-5140.

Morteza Khabiri, Azadeh Nikouee, Lukasz Cwiklik, Stephan Grissmer, Rüdiger Ettrich (2011)  Charybdotoxin unbinding from the mKv1.3 potassium channel: A combined computational and experimental study Journal of Physical Chemistry B 115:  39.  11490–11500.






Discussion on Research Infrastructure C4SYS and the seminar on “Pictures from mathematics” was held on Friday, October 10th at Institute of Nanobiology and Structural Biology.
The event was organized by the czech infrastructure for systems biology C4SYS and Dr. Jost Ludwig.

Invited speaker and special guest:
Konrad Polthier: “Pictures from mathematics”

How can one visualize a curve that fills the entire plane or all of space? Can a polyhedron be smoothly turned inside out? What is the projective plane? What does four-dimensional space look like? Can soap bubbles exist that are not spherical? How can one better understand the structure of vortices and currents?

Konrad Polthier is a full professor and head of the Mathematical Geometry Processing group at the Institute of Mathematics at the Freie University Berlin and and the DFG Research Center MATHEON. His research interests are in the areas mathematical geometry processing, discrete differential geometry and mathematical visualization. He has published a number of books on mathematical visualization as well as entertaining videos on mathematics.
Konrad’s official homepage (that contains quite a lot of information about his work) is

For all the less mathematical enthusiasts, the lecture will not only contain beautiful pictures but also innovative short math videos will be shown.