We are interested in the underlying physics of transport phenomena across membranes. For example, we quantify the permeation of antibiotic molecules across bacterial channels, we investigate the condutance phenomena at molecular level and the gating mechanisms in nanopores.
Knowledge on selective permeation can be used in the area of nanobiotechnology: using natural or engineered channels as molecular sieves to control substrate permeation. For example we develop such nanometer sized capsules containing enzymes as inside cell reporter.
MDE transporters are major contributors to bacterial resistance towards antibiotics and naturally occurring toxic substances. The overall goal of our research is to identify and characterize MDE pumps in environmental bacteria and to gain in-depth knowledge about their regulation, structure, mechanism of transport and natural function.
International WE Heraeus Seminar 2011
Nanofluidics in Biology:
Protein and Toxin Translocation through Nanopores
Jacobs University Bremen, 06. June – 1. July 2011