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CellNanOs (The Center of Cellular Nanoanalytics Osnabrück) is a joint venture of the schools of Biology/Chemistry, Human Sciences, Mathematics/Informatics and Physics, which is intended to promote interdisciplinary research at the interface between nanosciences and cell biology.

CellNanOs aims at unraveling basic functional principles of cellular microcompartments in the context of a variety of physiological processes. This field of research has been the focus of Osnabrück Biology's collaborative research center SFB 944 since 2011. In addition, CellNanOS is intended to develop and supply methodical approaches.

Building with four pillars. Description of the four research fields that support the roof of the building. The roof represents the comprehensive understanding of cellular microcompartments.

The concept of CellNanOs at a glance.

Research field A: synthesis and biofunctionalisation of probes and nano materials for cell biological applications. We plan to synthesize custom-made spectroscopical probes and nano materials followed by their functionalization for cell biological approaches.
Research field B: The probes serve to visualize and manipulate cellular micro compartments at highest spatial and temporal resolution.
Research field C: Qualitative and quantitative analytics of interactions via new methods for the analysis of the components of cellular micro compartments along with their interactions at the molecular level.
Research field D: Image processing, modeling and simulation. The application of newly developed methods in the context of biological questions shall be complemented by comprehensive image and data processing plus modeling and simulation. The quantitative understanding of physiological processes shall benefit from these approaches.

The CellNanOs project is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft since  April 2013. The venture is backed up by around 20 million Euros by the state of lower saxony and the federal government (50/50). The research building is expected to be be ready for use by mid 2017.