Daniel Hoersch


Fachbereich Physik

Institut für experimentelle Physik

Experimentelle Molekulare Biophysik

Address Arnimallee 14
Room 1.1.39
14195 Berlin
Telephone (030) 838-56163
Email hoersch@physik.fu-berlin.de

Hi I am Daniel Hoersch. I am interested in the fundamental molecular mechanism of proteins, which I want to investigate by innovative and creative means using engineering approaches. I am especially fascinated by proteins and large protein assemblies that undergo a significant structural change during their functional cycle and therefore can be viewed as nano-scaled machines.

I studied physics in Munich and Berlin and received my Ph.D. from the Physics Department at Freie Universität Berlin for 'Monitoring light induced conformational changes in photoreceptors by time resolved spectroscopy'. During my postdoctoral work at University of California in San Francisco I designed artificial protein machines with desired characteristics: In particular, I developed a generalizable design strategy for 'Reprogramming an ATP-driven protein machine into a light-gated nano cage'.

In my current work I want to apply my design strategy to other biological machines and synthetic protein assemblies to build new nanoscale machines, whose intricate functions rival those found in living systems, but are precisely controllable by light.