ERC Grant for IAS Fellows Angelika Harbauer

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A prestigious Starting Grant by the European Research Council has been awarded to Angelika Harbauer. Since 2019, she has been IAS Fellow and Rudolf Mößbauer Tenure Track Assistant Professor. The European Union provides these research grants to academics early in their careers.

Angelika Harbauer studies the metabolism of neurons, with a special focus on mitochondrial biogenesis. Even small disturbances in the energy conversion process can lead to toxic reactive oxygen species; therefore, rigorous mitochondrial quality control is essential for cellular survival. If not addressed adequately, damaged mitochondria can lead to neurodegenerative diseases, most prominently Parkinson’s disease. Her laboratory researches the mechanisms and signals that adapt mitochondrial output to their surroundings to ensure their functionality, specifically in neurons.

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