Portfolio Prof. Dr. Erik Schäffer

Person data

Academic title:
Prof. Dr.
Name:
Erik Schäffer
Organizational units:
Faculty of Science
University of Tübingen
Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP)
Department of Biology

Contact data

Research focus

How does a cell work, mechanically? How do the individual components, molecules and proteins work to fulfill their cellular function?

Our long term goal is by applying and developing state-of-the-art single molecule techniques to learn more about the mechanical aspects of protein-protein interactions. How are these interactions mediated and realized on a single molecule level and what influences have intermolecular forces? Using optical tweezers, we want to approach and answer fundamental biological questions such as how chromosomes are pulled apart during cell division, how ion-channels are gated, and how DNA is deformed during homologous recombination. Our focus on answering specific biological questions inspires instrument development, which, in turn, we hope broadens the applicability of this technology in biology.

Projects

2018 - 2022
Klaus Harter
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)
2018 - 2022
Doron Rapaport
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG)
2017 - 2019
Erik Schäffer
European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA)
2010 - 2015
Erik Schäffer
Europäische Union (EU)

Cooperations

McGill University
Montreal, Québec, Canada
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)
Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America
Universiteit Utrecht
Utrecht, Netherlands

Publications

Help

will be deleted permanently. This cannot be undone.