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M.Sc. Luiz Schubert

Hey, I am Luiz and I joined the AG Heberle in January 2018 as a PhD student. I studied Chemistry at the HHU Düsseldorf, where I became interested in time-resolved spectroscopy during my bachelor thesis in the group of Prof. Dr. Peter Gilch. My master thesis on Phytochromes, under supervision of Aba Losi and Wolfgang Gärtner in Parma (Italy), introduced me to the exciting field of photoreceptors.

The impact of a simple photochemical reaction on a complex biological system, is what fascinates me in the field of photoreceptors. I deeply enjoy to work in the interdisciplinary field of biophysics and I am glad to be taught how to handle a LASER as well as E.coli.


Department of Physics

Institute of Experimental Physics

Experimental Molecular Biophysics


Arnimallee 14
Room 1.1.37
14195 Berlin

Luiz Schubert, born 1993 in Solingen.

2012-2015     Bachelor of Science Chemistry, HHU Düsseldorf

2015-2017     Master of Science Chemistry, HHU Düsseldorf

My research is focused on the spectroscopic investigation of light-driven proton pumps. Bacteriorhodopsin (bR) is known to translocate protons out of the cell upon light illumination. Recently a structurally related group of membrane proteins, named Xenorhodopsin (XeR), has been discovered. Interestingly XeR shows inwardly directed proton translocation. I want to understand what determines this vectoriality. Therefore I apply different methods of time-resolved infrared spectroscopy covering the time range from nanoseconds up to seconds.