Biophysics News

Here you can find recent information from our staff and around our work.


The HITRIplus beam access video is online


ESA-FAIR cooperation: Dr. Dr. Jennifer Ngo-Anh succeeds Thomas Reiter (GSI/FAIR press release)

n the joint cooperation between the European Space Agency ESA and the international accelerator center FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research GmbH), which is currently being built at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt, there is a new ESA coordinator responsible for implementing the ESA-FAIR cooperation. Jennifer Ngo-Anh, who holds doctorates in medicine and neuroscience, succeeds astronaut Thomas Reiter, who recently retired. On FAIR side, Dr. Corinna Kausch from Biophysics Department is responsible for implementing the cooperation.


TRON uses GSI/FAIR experiment period for cancer research: combination of heavy ion therapy and mRNA vaccine (GSI/FAIR press release)

It is a strong alliance for research in the fight against cancer, opening the way for exciting new developments. On one hand, the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt with its worldwide unique accelerator facilities and the cancer therapy with ion beams developed here. On the other hand, the biopharmaceutical and translational research institute TRON in Mainz with its highly specialized oncology research. Via its founder Professor Ugur Sahin and further scientists, TRON is closely linked to the biotechnology company BioNTech, which is conducting world-class science with its Corona vaccine development – based on the most advanced applications of mRNA vaccines from tumor research.


GSI role in the EU H2020 INSPIRE project


Perspectives for future tumor therapy: New FLASH method for ultrafast, high-dose heavy ion irradiation tested for the first time (GSI press release)


"The Monte Carlo simulation of action of heavy ions on SARS-CoV-2 virus" made the front page of Radiation Research. Read the paper free here:


EU funds four research infrastructure projects with strong GSI/FAIR participation

Several GSI/FAIR research areas receive EU funding in the millions. Four planned infrastructure projects in the fields of tumor therapy with heavy ions, innovative methods for industrial radiation testing and new technology developments for accelerator facilities were successful in current EU tenders and have received funding commitments. FAIR and GSI play a decisive role in each of these projects, which are carried out in international collaborations. (GSI/FAIR presse release)


Francesca Luoni received the „Giersch Excellence Award“ of the HGSHire graduate School. This price is awarded from the Giersch foundation for doctorate students during their PhD related reserarch phase for excellent research achievements. She was honored with the award thanks to the experimental results obtained in the field of innovative shielding materials for radiation protection during long-term deep-space missions.


Felix Horst received a dissertation prize for his PhD thesis "Measurement of Nuclear Reaction Cross Sections for Applications in Radiotherapy with Protons, Helium and Carbon Ions" at the Academic Ceremony of the Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen. The thesis originates from a cooperation between Justus-Liebig-Universität, Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen and the Biophysics department at GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung. The prize was awarded virtually on the 27th of November 2020.


The article “Carbon ions team up with immunotherapy to tackle advanced tumours” is now live on Physics World. More


Perspectives of tumor treatment: Researchers investigate combination of carbon ion and immunotherapy (GSI/FAIR-Press release)

It is still a glance into the future: The combination of carbon ion and immune therapy could become an effective tool in the fight against cancer. More


Timo Smit was awarded the Young Investigator Award for his work entitled "Cardiomyocyte dysfunction upon radiation" at the 45th Annual Meeting of the European Radiation Research Society (ERRS2020) in Lund / Sweden. The award ceremony took place virtually on September 17th, 2020.


(GSI/FAIR Presse-Mitteilung) High award for GSI scientist: Marco Durante receives the Failla Award of the Radiation Research Society

Marco Durante, head of the GSI Biophysics Research Department and professor at the TU Darmstadt, has been awarded the prestigious Failla Award 2020 by the Radiation Research Society (RRS). Professor Durante has been invited to give a lecture on his scientific career at the virtual annual RRS meeting in October this year. The award has been announced at the end of June. More>>


The Association for the promotion of ion therapy accepts nominations for the 22nd Christoph-Schmelzer-Award for outstanding master (diploma) theses and PhD theses related to tumor therapy with ion beams. Deadline: September 30th, 2020. More


(GSI/FAIR - Press release) The physicist Dr. Thomas Friedrich from GSI’s biophysics department is laureate of the Hermann Holthusen Award 2020. The science prize is awarded by the German Society for Radiooncology (DEGRO) for outstanding habilitation theses in the field of radiotherapy, radiobiology, medical radiation physics and technology. With this award the society honours the excellent scientific quality of Thomas Friedrich's work


Due to the current situation with COVID-19 PANDEMIA and for the safety of attendees, the Project Team has decided to cancel the ESA/FAIR Space-Radiation-Summer-School 2020. The school will be rescheduled in 2021.


GSI/FAIR research supports the fight against corona (GSI/FAIR - Press release)


ERC Advanced Grant to the GSI Biophysics Department


How do fiducial markers affect particle therapy dose distributions? The comment to the paper is on Physics World:


Call for Proposals: open now, please visit the G-PAC webpage regarding all necessary information.

Please select "Bio-PAC" in the webform for Proposal submission.

The deadline of the 'Call' is 30 April 2020. 

Please note that since 2019 GSI provides access to its facilities under INSPIRE (Infrastructure in Proton International Research); a contract within the framework of TNA (EU/Horizon2020 Integrating Activities). Please find more information here.


(GSI/FAIR Press release) FAIR experimental program: Research team analyses repair processes in radiation-damaged cell

These are future-oriented research results, combining most advanced physics and biology and at the same time demonstrating the great potential of the future accelerator center FAIR: Scientists at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung have been able to observe the repair processes in human cells after radiation damage more directly and with higher resolution than ever before. A precise understanding of DNA repair mechanisms is of great importance, for example, for risk assessments during long-term space missions.


IBER-19 program starts

ESA has officially approved 12 experiments that will be implemented at GSI in 2021-22 in the framework of the Investigations on Biological Effects of Radiation (IBER) program ( Investigators from Germany, Italy, Canada, Belgium and UK will perform experiments for space radiation risk assessment and to develop countermeasures for the missions to the Moon and Mars. The investigators will use iron ions at 1 GeV/n in the FAIR-phase-0 beamtime.