Prof. Dr. Joachim Heberle

Hi, my name is Joachim Heberle. My research interests are in the structure and function of membrane proteins and in the methodologies to investigate these … when I have time. Mostly, I am an adminstrative slave. The remainder of my time, I try hard to feed (i.e. raise funds) and comfort my coworkers (i.e. discuss science and give advice). I am not supposed to be a professor in Physics because I received my University education in Chemistry. However, my colleagues and students are so generous to tolerate my ignorance. I am serving the scientific community as an associate editor of Chemical Reviews and as one of the Ombudsman of Science in Germany. If you are interested in a professional version of my CV, please click here.

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Department of Physics

Institute of Experimental Physics

Experimental Molecular Biophysics


Address Arnimallee 14
Room 1.1.32
14195 Berlin
Telephone (030) 838-56161


1982 ‐ 1988   Study in Chemistry at the Universities of Stuttgart and Würzburg

1988   Diploma in Physical Chemistry at the University of Würzburg

1991   PhD in Biophysics at the Freie Universität Berlin

1991 ‐ 1993   Post-­Doc in the Institute of Neutron Scattering at the Hahn-­‐Meitner-­‐Institut Berlin

1993 ‐ 2005   Group leader in the Institute of Structural Biology of the Research Centre Jülich

1998   Habilitation in Biophysical Chemistry at the Heinrich‐Heine‐Universität, Düsseldorf

2005 -­ 2009   Full professor (W3) for Biophysical Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of the Universität Bielefeld

2009   Offer for the position of a Director of the Leibniz-Institut für Analytische Wissenschaften (ISAS) and full professor at the Technical University Dortmund (declined)

Since 2009   Full professor (W3) for Experimental Molecular Biophysics at the Department of Physics of the Freie Universität Berlin


1991   Visiting scholar at the Department of Chemistry, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

1995   Visiting scientist at the Nobel Institute for Chemistry, Gothenburg University, Sweden

2009   Visiting Professor at the Changchun Normal University, China

2014 Recipient of a JSPS (Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science) travel grant

2015 -­ 2016 “Professor for the Brain Circulation Project” of the Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan


since 2015   Associate Editor of Chemical Reviewssince

2014   Member of the Council Ombudsman for Science (“Ombudsman für die Wissenschaft”)

2013 - 2016   Member of the Hertha-­‐Sponer prize Committee of the German Physical Societysince

2013   Member of the Scientific Council of the Collaborative Research Center CRC 1076 on Protonation dynamics in protein function

Since 2010   Member of the Excellence Council of the Freie Universität Berlin

2008 -­ 2012   Member of the Study Section in Chemistry of the German Research Foundation (FF 305-­‐01, Biological and Biomimetic Chemistry)

Since 2007   Co-­‐organizer of the annual Manfred Eigen Winterseminar, Klosters, Switzerland


by 2015   110publications in peer-reviewed journals

ResearcherID:   D-8605-2016

Molecular biophysics, time-­resolved and surface‐enhanced vibrational spectroscopy (IR and Raman), scanning near-field IR nanoscopy, photosensory and photosynthetic processes, membrane proteins, protein/protein and protein/lipid interactions, signal transduction, bioelectrochemistry, ion and electron transfer, respiration, surface structuring and functionalisation, biosensors & bioanalytics.