Prof. Friedrich Simmel


Chair of Physics of Synthetic Biology at TUM

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, the design of artificial biochemical circuits and self-organisation of complex systems. He has been Chair of Physics of Synthetic Biological Systems (E14) at TUM since 2007. Since 2013, Prof. Simmel has been a member of acatech - the National Academy of Science and Engineering . Also as co-coordinator of the Nanosystems Initiative Munich (since 2010), Prof. Simmel helps bringing together the expertise of different research groups in their respective fields to design and develop nanosystems with a broad range of applications. He is also very active in the iGEM competition, by hosting several successful gold medal winning iGEM teams. In 2010 and 2011 he was the primary PI of the TUM team and in 2017 and 2018 he hosted the combined iGEM team of the LMU and TUM.

Prof. Gil Westmeyer


TUM School of Medicine / Multiscale Functional and Molecular Imaging at Helmholtz Zentrum München

The work of Professor Westmeyer’s laboratory is focused on developing next generation molecular imaging and control technology for in vivo imaging of brain function. To this end, bioengineering, nanotechnological and synthetic techniques are combined with non invasive imaging methods such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging and optoacoustical methods. This methodology is applied to questions in neuroscience and preclinical models of neuropsychiatric diseases. He joined the TUM School of Medicine in 2011 and leads also a Helmholtz Young Investigators’ group on molecular imaging at the Helmholtz Center Munich. In 2019 he hosted the combined iGEM team of the LMU and TUM.

Prof. Kirsten Jung


Chair of Microbiology at LMU

Research in the Jung lab focuses on the elucidation of the molecular mechanisms of stimulus perception by membrane-integrated receptors. Moreover, they are studying the complexity of regulatory networks in correlation with phenotypic heterogeneity. Last, but not least, they are investigating translation regulation and synthetic protein modifications.

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