Hello, my name is Vera Muders. Since last year I’m a PhD student at the genetics biophysics lab of AG Schlesinger. Grow up in Heidelberg, I studied chemistry at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg. After spending half a year abroad at the Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocenter (MIB), I did my diploma thesis at the research group of AG Friedrich at the biochemistry department studying the membrane protein complex I.
In order to investigate the function and the structure of different membrane proteins of the opsin-family, I try to find the best expression host for these proteins. Therefore I test various organisms (like E. coli, Pichia pastoris..) for large-scale expression. By cloning the sequence of a fluorescent protein (eYFP) to the desired opsin-gene, I can analyse the expression level of the protein in the cells by fluorescent spectroscopy.