Principal Investigator


Prof. Dr. Christos Gatsogiannis, Principal Investigator

Address: Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN) 

Busso-Peus-Str. 10, D-48149 Münster

Office: 110.001

Phone: +49 251 83 34411

E-mail address: Christos.gatsogiannis@uni-muenster.de

Twitter: @gatsogia

Curriculum Vitae

 

 


Elisa Schulze Averbeck, Assistant

Address: Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN) 

Busso-Peus-Str. 10, 48149 Münser 

Office: 110.002

Phone: +49 251 83 34444

E-mail: Gatsogiannis.Office@uni-muenster.de

Elisa previously worked in the events and insurance industry. She is very excited to dive into the new, highly interesting work environment and to work with a young, motivated and international team in the modern Center for Soft Nanoscience.


Scientific Team


Dr. rer. nat. Björn Udo Klink (Senior Scientist)

Address: Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN) 

Busso-Peus-Str. 10, D-48149 Münster 

Office: 110.018.2

Phone: +49 251 83 34465

E-mail address: Bjoern.Klink@uni-muenster.de

Björn's scientific career began in 2001 at the Max Planck Institute in Dortmund, where he first learned and applied biophysical methods in his diploma thesis and then combined them with X-ray crystallography in his doctoral thesis. His growing interest in structural biology led him to six institutes in Germany, England and the USA before he joined Prof. Dr. Stefan Raunser's group back at the Max Planck Institute in Dortmund in 2013. There Björn learned the technique of electron microscopy. With his acquired practical experience in cryo-EM, crystallographic and biophysical techniques, he has solved several novel structures. His great passion includes understanding the function and architecture of large hetero-oligomeric protein complexes.

 


Karthik Subramaniam Kalyankumar (M.Sc.), Doctoral student

Adresse: Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN) 

Busso-Peus-Str. 1, 48149 Münster 

Office: 110.018.2

Telefon: 0251 83 34465

E-mail address: kalyanku@uni-muenster.de

Karthik Subramaniam obtained both his bachelor's and master's degree from the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (Deemed to be University) in India. During his master’s thesis, Karthik worked in the group of Dr.S.Venkatesh to study about the Gene-Amyloid relationships in Huntington’s Disease (a Neurodegenerative Disease) using Yeast as a Model Organism. Karthik’s work here will focus on the structural analysis of the latrotoxins, neurotoxins produced by the black widow spider.


Maximilian Rüttermann (M.Sc.), Doctoral student

Address: Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN) 

Busso-Peus-Str. 10, D-48149 Münster 

Office: 110.018.2

Phone: +49 251 83 34425

E-mail address: Maximilian.Ruettermann@uni-muenster.de

Twitter: @RuetterM

Maximilian studied biochemistry at the Ruhr University Bochum. He carried out his Bachelor's thesis at the Center for Solvation Science (ZEMOS) in the group of Prof. Martina Havenith-Newen. In doing so, he dealt with the fundamental solvation dynamics within model membranes, similar to those of biological cells. For his Master thesis, Maximilian joined the labs of Prof. Thomas Günther-Pomorski and Prof. Ralf Erdmann on the lipid flippase activity of peroxisomal membrane proteins.

 


Athina Drakonaki (M.Sc) , Doctoral student

Address: Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN) 

Busso-Peus-Str. 10, D-48149 Münster 

Office: 110.018.2

Phone: +49 251 83 34425

E-mail address: drakonak@uni-muenster.de

Athina obtained both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Crete in Greece. She is a biochemist with a background in metabolomics analysis. During her Master's thesis, Athina worked part-time in Prof. Hartmut Michel's group at the MPI in Frankfurt am Main. In Frankfurt, her interest in structural biology grew, which led her to join our team as a PhD student. Athina's work will focus on the structural analysis of the p97 complex and its associated cofactors, which she is carrying out as part of the Collaborative Research Centre 1430 based at the University of Duisburg Essen.

 


Cole Bourque (M.Sc) , Doctoral student

Address: Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN) 

Busso-Peus-Str. 10, D-48149 Münster 

Office: 110.018.2

Phone: +49 251 83 34425

Email-Adress: Cole.Bourque@uni-muenster.de

At Colorado State University in the United States, Cole earned his bachelor's degree in zoology. During his studies, he discovered his enthusiasm for biochemistry. So, Cole began his master's studies at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, with a focus on molecular medicine. Cole completed his master's thesis in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Gatsogiannis, investigating the structure of the yeast protein complex Dam1 and its associated proteins Bim1 and Bik1, which are crucial for the process of mitosis. Currently, Cole is continuing the work begun during his Master's thesis as a doctoral student with Prof. Dr. Gatsogiannis. The project is part of the Collaborative Research Centre 1430 at the University of Duisburg-Essen and focuses on continuing his work on the Dam1 complex and its associated proteins Bim1 and Bik1 to better understand their functions and interaction mechanisms.

 


Dr. rer. nat Anja Blanque ,Technical Assistant

Address: Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN)

Busso-Peus-Str. 10, D-48149 Münster 

Office: 110.045

Phone: +49 251 83 34555

E-mail address: blanquea@uni-muenster.de

Since graduating as a biological technical assistant, Anja has worked in various physiological institutes at the University of Osnabrück and the University Hospital Münster. Most recently with Prof. Schillers and Prof. Linke. She also studied biology at the University of Osnabrück. After the birth of her children, she completed her doctorate in 2015 at the Institute for Anatomy and Molecular Neurobiology with Prof. Markus Missler in Münster. In her dissertation, she investigated the influence of two molecules involved in higher brain functions on the anatomy of synaptic structures. One is the KIBRA protein and the other is neurexophilin-3, an α-neurexin ligand. She now wants to use the knowledge of conventional TEM she gained during her PhD to extend modern cryogenic techniques alongside her knowledge of molecular biology, protein biochemistry, cell culture, confocal and atomic force microscopy with us.

 


Simone Neuwirth, Laboratory Technician

Address: Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN)

Busso-Peus-Str. 10, D-48149 Münster 

Office: 110.045

Phone: +49 251 83 34555

E-mail address: simone.neuwirth@uni-muenster.de

Simone successfully completed her training as a chemical laboratory technician at a large biotechnology company in 2018. She gained her first professional experience as a Research Development Technician in in-vitro test development for infectious serology. Looking for a new challenge and further development, she landed with us and supports our team as a technical, very motivated employee. In addition to her work in the lab, she is doing a distance learning course in molecular biology.


George Broutzakis (M.Sc), Guest Doctoral student

Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN) 

Busso-Peus-Str. 10, D-48149 Münster

Office: 110.018.2

Phone: +49 251 83 34425

E-mail address: broutzakis@uni-muenster.de

George received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Athens, with an emphasis on Molecular Biology and Genetics. During his undergraduate thesis, George developed a novel system to identify small cyclic peptides that can salvage misfolded membrane proteins in the lab of Dr. G. Skretas at the National Hellenic Research Foundation. He is currently pursuing a PhD degree in the laboratory of Prof. G. Diallinas in the University of Athens, where he studies membrane protein trafficking and structure-function relationships. To aid in this, he is currently visiting Prof. Gatsogiannis’s lab to learn Cryo-Electronic Microscopy and apply ​it to one of the best-studied eukaryotic transporters, UapA.


Alumni

Pascal Lill (PhD), Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology Dortmund, 2016 - 2021

Current Adress: Postdoc, Wyss Institute for Biological Inspired Engineering, Harvard Medical School, Boston

 

Bastian Möllers (M.Sc in Medical Biology), University of Duisburg-Essen, 2021

Current adress: PHD Student, University of Duisburg-Essen

 

Michelle Koci (M.Sc. in Biochemistry), Ruhr-University Bochum, 2020

Current adress: PHD Student, University of Duisburg-Essen

 

Alwin Chew, EMBO Guest PHD Student, 2020

Current adress: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

 

Lena Engelhard (M.Sc. in Biochemistry), Ruhr-University Bochum, 2020

Current adress: PHD Student, TU Dortmund

 

Dimitrios Vismpas  (M.Sc. in Proteinbiotechnology), University Crete, 2020

Current adress: PHD Student, Utrecht University

 

Prof. Takashi Matsui, Gastwissenschaftler, Tohoku University Japan, 2019

 

Lydia Borgelt (M.Sc. in Chemische Biologie, Technische University Dortmund, 2018

Current adress: PHD Student, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund

 

Jonas Miehling, Praktikant, 2018

Current adress: PHD Student, MRC-LMB

 

Lydia Borgelt (M.Sc. in Chemical Biology), TU Dortmund, 2018

Current adress: PHD Student, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund

 

Justina Stark (M.Sc. in Chemical Biology), TU Dortmund, 2018

Current adress: PHD Student, Max Planck Institute Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden