Prof. Gil Westmeyer

Helmholtz Zentrum München
Technical University of Munich

Topic: Synthetic Biology in Eucaryotic Cells

The work of his laboratory focuses on bioengineering of next-generation molecular sensors and actuators for functional imaging and remote spatiotemporal control of cellular processes with whole organ(ism) coverage. To this end, mammalian cell engineering, nanotechnological and synthetic techniques are combined with non-invasive imaging methods such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Multispectral Optoacoustic Tomography (MSOT), complemented with fast fluorescence imaging. The new molecular imaging agents and actuators are applied for dynamic analyses of organoids and neurobehavioral imaging of preclinical model organisms to dissect cellular network function and contribute to future imaging-controlled tissue engineering as well as regenerative and cell therapies. Prof. Westmeyer studied medicine and philosophy in Munich and conducted his doctoral work on the molecular basis of Alzheimer’s disease in Prof. Christian Haass’ laboratory in Munich before receiving a part of his clinical education at Harvard Medical School. Starting in 2005 he worked with Prof. Alan Jasanoff as a postdoctoral fellow at M.I.T before he was appointed to TUM School of Medicine in 2012.

Prof. Friedrich Simmel

Technical University of Munich

Topic: tba

The research conducted by Prof. Simmel revolves around bionanotechnology and the physics of synthetic biological systems. His particular areas of interest include artificial molecular machines and nanostructures composed of DNA molecules and the design of artificial biochemical circuits. After studying physics and completing his doctorate (1999) at Munich’s Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU), he did research work at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ, USA. He returned to LMU in 2002 to work in a junior research group sponsored by the German Research Foundation’s Emmy Noether program. In 2005, Prof. Simmel qualified as a lecturer in experimental physics at LMU. He has been Chair of Experimental Physics (Physics of Synthetic Biological Systems) at TUM since 2007. Since 2013, Prof. Simmel has been a member of acatech - the National Academy of Science and Engineering.

Dr. Andreas Brachmann


Topic: Opioid Production in Yeast

Dr. Brachmann is a group leader in the Genetics department of the LMU since 2005, where research is focused on Microbial Functional Genomics. He is specifically focused on Glomeromycota. Dr. Brachmann studied Biology at the LMU Munich. After his Diploma he did his doctoral studies in the Gentetics Institute of LMU Munich in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Regine Kahmann. During his Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Brachmann joined the laboratory of Reed Wickner for Biochemistry and Genetics in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

PD Dr. Bettina Bölter


Topic: Overcoming Barriers - Protein Translocation into Chloroplasts

Dr. Bölter is a group leader in the plant science department of the LMU working on the characterisation of protein transport into chloroplasts and the analysis of the composition and the regulation of translocation complexes. Dr. Bölter studied Biology at the University of Kiel and completed her doctorate in Cell Biology in Kiel in 2000. During her postdoctoral fellowship she worked with Prof. Soll in Kiel and Prof. Hartl in Martinsried at the MPI for Biochemistry. Since 2004 she is a research assistant of Prof. Soll, Chair of Biochemistry and Physiology of Plants at the LMU and since 2010 she is a private lecturer at LMU.
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