High-resolution cryoEM of membrane protein complexes Event as iCalendar

(Biodiversity and Biosecurity, Biological Sciences, Seminars)

19 December 2017

1 - 2pm

Venue: MAC 1, Biology Building

Location: 5 Symonds Street, Auckland

Host: School of Biological Sciences

Contact info: Professor Ted Baker

Contact email: en.baker@auckland.ac.nz

Professor Dr Werner Kühlbrandt
Professor Dr Werner Kühlbrandt, Department of Structural Biology, Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Frankfurt, Germany


Professor Dr Werner Kühlbrandt studied chemistry and crystallography at the Free University Berlin, and biochemistry and biophysics at King’s College London. He did his PhD with Nigel Unwin at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK, investigating the structure of two-dimensional ribosome crystals by electron microscopy.


As a postdoc, he turned to structural studies of membrane proteins, first at the ETH Zürich, and then at Imperial College London, to determine the high-resolution structure of the plant light-harvesting complex, LHC-II. After a short stay at UC Berkeley, CA, he became a group leader at EMBL Heidelberg in 1988, where he solved the cryoEM structure of LHC-II at 3.4 Å resolution.

Since 1997 he has been a director at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt, Germany. His department of Structural Biology investigates the structure and function of membrane transport proteins by X-ray or electron crystallography, and the structure of large membrane protein complexes, such as the mitochondrial ATP synthase, by single-particle cryoEM and electron tomography.