Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Institut für Biologie

Biophysics

 

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Optobiology

Head: Prof. Marina Mikhaylova

 
Our lab’s overall aim our lab is to understand what defines dendritic compartments as "plasticity units". Our research questions encompass plasticity and stability of individual synapses, synaptic diversity and communication between nearby synapses. The role of the microtubule and actin cytoskeleton; trafficking rules controlling organelle transport and positioning are particularly interesting.
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Cellular Biophysics

Head: Prof. Andrew Plested

 

In the Cellular Biophysics group, we study glutamate receptors and other components of fast synaptic transmission.

    

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Theoretical Biophysics

Head: Prof. Edda Klipp

 

We study complex biological phenomena by combining computational approaches with experimental methods. Our research interests range from modeling specific signaling and metabolic pathways to whole-cell modeling using e.g. ODE, Boolean and agent-based modeling techniques.

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Experimental Biophysics

Head: Prof. Peter Hegemann

 

Our research group studies the structure-function relation of sensory photoreceptors from algae, fungi and bacteria.

    

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Biophysics of the Photosynthesis

Head: Prof. Athina Zouni

 
In nature, solar energy is efficiently used through the process of photosynthesis in oxygenic organisms. Our primary goal is to unravel the individual photosynthesis processes at the molecular level using various spectroscopic and X-ray structure analysis techniques. This fundamental research provides the basis for the application in artificial photosynthesis.
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Biophysical Chemistry

Head: Prof. Franz Bartl

 
The topic of the research group “Biophysical Chemistry“ is the investigation of reaction mechanisms of various photoreceptors with spectroscopic methods, particulary with UV/Vis and static and time resolved FTIR spectroscopy in the time range from ns to seconds.
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Structural Biology and Biochemistry

Head: Prof. Holger Dobbek

 
We apply protein crystallography and bioinformatics, together with biochemical and biophysical methods to study energy transforming reactions in Nature. Short-term goals are a better understanding of the enzymes involved and their evolution. The long-term goal is to develop (bio)catalysts for the energy-efficient use of CO2 and CO and the (bio)degradation of pollutants.