Optics / Membrane Biophysics (Lohmueller)

Department / Institute
Chair for Photonics and Optoelectronics (PhoG)
Nano-Institute Munich
Subject area
Optics / Membrane Biophysics
Name of supervisor
PD Dr. Theobald Lohmueller
Number of open positions
Project title
Optics on Biomembranes
Language requirements
Fluency in English
Academic requirements
4-year Bachelor's; Master's degree in Physics with very good results; applicants holding a Master's degree in Material Science or (Physical) Chemistry may be required to complete additional courses within the LMU Physics Master’s program; experience in biophysics, microscopy, solid state physics, and physical chemistry
Study model
Full doctoral study model: 36 or 48 months

Project description

Our research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of optical tools designed to explore and manipulate biological systems using light. These tools include photo-switchable molecules and fluorescent / plasmonic particles that are suitable for biophysical applications.

Amongst our activities, we investigate how particles can be employed for enhanced biosensing, single molecule Raman scattering (SERS) spectroscopy, optical tweezer manipulation, and localized heat generation. Furthermore, we utilize light-sensitive molecules to achieve optical control over essential membrane functions, such as fluidity and permeability in lipid bilayer membranes.

For information can be found on the Chair for Photonics and Optoelectronics' website.

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