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Lab Members
Collaborators and Former Advisors

Joe Howard (MPI-CBG)
Francis Stewart (BIOTEC)
Alfons van Blaaderen (Utrecht)
Stephan Grill (MPI-CBG, Dresden)
Simon Nørrelykke (Princeton)
Henrik Flyvbjerg (RISØ)
Uwe Thiele (Loughborough )
Tom Russell (UMass, Amherst)
Jürgen Mlynek (Helmholtz)
Ulli Steiner (Cavendish, Cambridge)
Erik Schäffer Erik Schäffer
Group leader.
  • 2007-:Group leader, BIOTEC, TU Dresden, Germany
  • 2002-2006: Post-doc with Joe Howard, MPI-CBG, Dresden, Germany
  • 1998-2001: Dr. rer. nat. in Polymer Physics, University Konstanz & University Groningen, Netherlands
  • 1992-1997: Physics studies at the TU Stuttgart, Germany & M.Sc. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
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Anita Anita Jannasch
PhD student, who is working on kinesin related motor proteins.
  • 2008-: BIOTEC, TU Dresden, Germany
  • 2007-2008: Diploma work, MPI-CBG, Dresden, Germany
  • 2002-2007: Physics studies at the TU Dresden, Germany
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Marcel Marcel Ander
PhD student who studies homologous recombination. Marcel is receiving a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation.
  • 2007-: BIOTEC, TU Dresden, Germany
  • 2005-2006: Biochemistry studies, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
  • 2004-2005, 2006-2007: Biochemistry studies, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • 2001-2003: Biochemistry studies, Martin-Luther University, Halle, Germany
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Avin Avin Ramaiya
PhD student who studies the torsional forces in Kinesin motors
  • 2009-: BIOTEC, Dresden, Germany
  • 2006-2009: MSc Biology, TIFR, Mumbai,India
  • 2002-2005: BSc Biotechnology, Vaze College, Mumbai, India
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michael Michael Bugiel
Diploma student, who works on detecting Protofilament switching of Kinesin with Optical Tweezers.
  • 2010-: Diploma thesis, BIOTEC, Dresden, Germany
  • 2009: students exchange to University of Sheffield, UK
  • 2005-2009: Physics studies at the TU Dresden, Germany
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Christine Christine Kiefer
Student, who studies the molecular motors in Chlamydomonas.
  • 2010-: PhD, BIOTEC, TU Dresden, Germany
  • 2003-2009: Biology studies at the University, Germany
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Tobias Tobias Jachowski
Student, who studies DNA proteins.
  • 2011-: PhD, BIOTEC, Dresden, Germany
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Steve Steve Simmert
Student, who studies the molecular motors using optical tweezers and TIRF
  • 2011-: PhD, BIOTEC, Dresden, Germany
  • 2003-2009: Biology studies at the University, Germany
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Elisa Elisa Böhl
Scientific employee which supports the Tweezer-programs and webservices
  • 2011-2013: BIOTEC, Dresden, Germany
  • 2009-2011: Scientific Assistant, Fraunhofer EAS, Germany
  • 2004-2011: Student of Computer Science, TU Dresden, Germany
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Mohammad Mohammad Kazem Abdosamadi
student who works on anti-reflected beads
  • 2010-2012: MSc., BIOTEC, Dresden, Germany
  • 2004-2009: BSc., Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), Iran
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Gero Gero Hermsdorf
Diploma student, who works on single molecule fluorescence combined with optical tweezers to study membrane mechanics.
  • 2012-: Diploma thesis, BIOTEC, Dresden, Germany
  • 2007-2012: Physics studies at the TU Dresden, Germany
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Suman Suman De
Postdoc who works with TIRF and Optical Tweezers to study Molecular Motors
  • 2013-: BIOTEC, Dresden, Germany
  • 2007-2012: PhD, IIT Bombay, Mumbai,India
  • 2004-2006: MSc Chemistry, BHU, Varanasi, India
  • 2001-2004: BSc Chemistry, Calcutta University, Kolkata, India
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Alumni
Henning Henning Urban
Technician, who worked on gating mechano-sensory receptors.
  • 2006-2007: MPI-CBG, Dresden, Germany
  • 2005-2006: Diploma work, MPI-CBG, Dresden, Germany
  • 2001-2006: Physics studies at the TU Dresden, Germany
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Magdalena Magdalena Preciado López
PhD student who studied axonemal dynein.
  • 2008- BIOTEC, TU Dresden, Germany
  • 2006-2008: MSc Molecular Bioengineering at TU Dresden, Germany
  • 2006-2008: MSc Nanoscience at TU Delft and Leiden University, The Netherlands
  • 2001-2005 BSc Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University, USA
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volker Volker Bormuth
PhD student, who studied kinesin related motor proteins. Volker is receiving a scholarship from Boehringer Ingelheim Funds.
  • 2005-: MPI-CBG, Dresden, Germany
  • 2004: Diploma work, Paris, France
  • 2001-2004: Physics studies at the LMU Munich, Germany
  • 1999-2001: Physics studies at the TU Darmstadt, Germany
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Adrian Adrian Wichmann
Physicist who studies the mechanical properties of axonemal dynein motorproteins purified from chlamydomonas reinhardtii.
  • 2010-2011: Research Assistant, BIOTEC, Dresden, Germany
  • 2009-2010: Diploma thesis, BIOTEC, TU Dresden, Germany
  • 2003-2009: Physics studies at the TU Dresden, Germany
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freddy Frederic Schiemann
Student, who studies the protein friction of molecular motors
  • 2010-2012: Diploma work, BIOTEC, Dresden, Germany
  • 2003-2009: Physics studies at the TU Dresden, Germany
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Deepika Deepikaa Menon
Student, who studies the protein friction of molecular motors
  • 2008-2010: MSC, BIOTEC, TU Dresden, Germany
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Sourav Sourav Dutta
Student, who studies the membrane-cytoskeleton mechanics probed by optical tweezers.
  • 2008-2010: MSc Molecular Bioengineering, BIOTEC, TUD, Germany
  • 2004-2008: BTech Genetic Engineering, SRM University, Chennai, India
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Mohammed Mohammed Mahamdeh
PhD student, who is working on optical tweezers development and gating of mechno-sensory receptors.
  • 2007-2012: BIOTEC, TU Dresden, Germany
  • 2006-2007: Master thesis work, Sweden
  • 2005-2007: Biological Physics studies at The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
  • 1996-2000: Applied Physics studies at Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan.
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anastasiya Anastasiya Trushko
PhD student who studies the microtubule associated protein XMAP215.
  • 2007-2012: MPI-CBG, Dresden, Germany
  • 2006-2007: Master thesis work, BNTU, Minsk,Belarus
  • 2006: Diploma work, NASB, HMTI, Minsk,Belarus
  • 2001-2006: Physics studies at the BSU, Minsk,Belarus
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