I studied physics in Kiel, Paris and here at the FU Berlin, where I
wrote my diploma thesis about molecular switches controlled by STM at
low temperature in ultra high vacuum under supervision of Nacho Pascual.
After a scientific break in which I was travelling through central
America, I reoriented my interest and started to work on molecular
biophysics in the group of Joachim Heberle.
My research is focused on infrared probes that have a strong sensibility
to electric field, the so-called vibrational Stark effect (VSE). Theses
probes are site-specifically inserted into proteins where they allow us
to get an insight to electrostatic changes during the reaction cycle of
the protein of interest. We monitor this via Fourier-transformed
Infrared spectroscopy, a well established technique in this group.
In January 2013, I additionally started investigation of the reaction
cycle of Cytochrome C Oxidase, the terminal enzyme of the respiratory
chain, a project of the CRC 1078 ('Prtonation Dynamics in Protein