Vaccinations are an important factor in containing the COVID-19 pandemic and make a safe return to campus possible. TUM students and staff can now be vaccinated without pre-registrationon campus in Munich and Garching at fixed dates in July, August and October.
T cells play a decisive role in fighting the coronavirus and preventing infected individuals from becoming seriously ill. They identify and fight the virus directly within the infected cells. A team of researchers working in Munich have produced a precise profile of the T cells that respond to SARS-CoV-2 and described them at various stages of the illness. This novel methodological approach may in the future also help to assess the efficacy of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines or in the development of T cell-based treatments for serious cases. It may also offer hope for other illnesses such as cancer or autoimmune diseases.
The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is supporting the city-state of Singapore in its efforts to become a technology pioneer in the field of environmental protection for Southeast Asia. Specializing in closed loop recycling management, in the future the CirculaTUM research alliance will work together with the Plastics Recycling Association Singapore (PRAS).
Not all entrepreneurs who found social enterprises are driven by idealism. Some of them see societal crises as an opportunity to realize their ambition to set up a company of their own. This was one conclusion of a German-US study of social enterprises established in 2015 in response to the plight of refugees. Because the founders' motivations also impact the strategy of prosocial ventures, the insights gained in the study can help to improve efforts to support start-ups.
The Technical University of Munich (TUM) has further improved its standing in the current "Shanghai Ranking" (Academic Ranking of World Universities). It remains the best German technical university and is among the six top technical universities worldwide. This year TUM climbed to number 52 in the global ranking of all universities, moving up two positions.
Healthy skin has a bacterial shield to protect against germs: the microbiome. This complex assembly of microorganisms was previously believed to be difficult to decipher. A team of researchers has now succeeded in using the enzyme benzonase to identify the living bacteria in skin swabs through sequencing. Their method opens up new possibilities for diagnosis and treatment in dermatology.
A heavy responsibility: The construction sector is responsible for around 40 percent of global CO2 emissions and 60 percent of waste generated in Germany. That is the challenge that the architecture students Michelle Hagenauer and Jakob Ohlenmacher wish to tackle with their sustainability action group “AG Nachhaltigkeit".
With a remote-controlled rover that can turn dust and sand into solid construction material, a team from the TUM student group WARR is taking part in the 2021 Field Campaign of the Space Innovation initiative, based in Switzerland. With their project, the students hope to contribute to the construction of the first human settlement away from Earth.
A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has designed and commissioned the production of a computer chip that implements post-quantum cryptography very efficiently. Such chips could provide protection against future hacker attacks using quantum computers. The researchers also incorporated hardware trojans in the chip in order to study methods for detecting this type of “malware from the chip factory”.
A stroll through the main Munich campus reveals frequent glimpses of Veronica Becker’s project. With their raised vegetable beds, she and her team are not only making the campus greener, but also more livable. The Deutschlandstipendium scholarship gives her the freedom she needs to turn her ideas into reality.
As a contribution to increasing crop variety for improved food security in Subsaharan Africa, a leafy vegetable which is rich in vitamins and minerals shall be domesticated. At present, however, as highlighted by a research team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) together with researchers from Nigeria, the plants still contain highly toxic substances that are carcinogenic and liver-damaging. The researchers are now aiming to generate toxin-free varieties so that the plant can be safely used.