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Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Sandro Keller

Education and work experience

Since 2016

Vice Dean, Faculty of Biology, University of Kaiserslautern (Germany)

Since 2015

Professor of Molecular Biophysics, Faculty of Biology, University of Kaiserslautern (Germany)

2009–2015

Assistant Professor of Molecular Biophysics (with tenure track), Faculty of Biology, University of Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern (Germany)

2006–2010

Leader of the independent Junior Research Group "Biophysics of Membrane Proteins", Department of Chemical Biology, Leibniz Institute of Molecular Pharmacology (FMP), Berlin (Germany)

2006–2010

Scientific consultant to the Department of Protein Supply, Lead Discovery Berlin, Bayer Schering Pharma AG, Berlin (Germany)

2006

Doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat., summa cum laude) from the Faculty of Natural Sciences—Chemistry and Physics, Martin Luther University Halle–Wittenberg, Halle (Germany)

2003–2006

Dissertation with Prof. Dr. Michael Bienert and Dr. Margitta Dathe, Department of Chemical Biology, Leibniz Institute of Molecular Pharmacology (FMP), Berlin (Germany);

Under supervision of Prof. Dr. Alfred Blume, Department of Physical Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Martin Luther University Halle–Wittenberg, Halle (Germany);Thesis title: Interactions of Ionic Detergents and Cell-Penetrating Peptides with Phospholipid Membranes

2002

Scientific co-worker with Prof. Dr. Anna Seelig, Department of Biophysical Chemistry, Biocentre, University of Basel (Switzerland)

Diploma in Biology II (Biophysical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology) from the Faculty of Philosophy and Natural Sciences, University of Basel (Switzerland)

2001–2002

Diploma Thesis with Prof. Dr. Joachim Seelig, Department of Biophysical Chemistry, Biocentre, University of Basel (Switzerland); Thesis title: Effects of DD-Substitutions on Self-Association and Lipid Binding of Alzheimer’s beta-Amyloids 

1998–2002

Study of Biology II (Biophysical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology), Biocentre, University of Basel (Switzerland)

Honours and awards

2017     Elected Member of the Board of Directors of the North American Calorimetry Conference (CALCON) 

2016     Elected Treasurer of the German Biophysical Society 

2014     Elected First Speaker of Section 2 (Membranes, Cells, Networks) of the German Biophysical Society

2012     Elected Vice Speaker of Section 2 (Membranes, Cells, Networks) of the German Biophysical Society

2011     Elected Member of the Max Bergmann Circle for the Promotion of Peptide Chemistry,
              Irsee (Germany)

2010     Advancement Award by the Cantonal Government of Graubünden, Chur (Switzerland)

2010     Stig Sunner Memorial Award by the North American Calorimetry Conference (CALCON),
              Colorado Springs (USA)

2007     Luther Certificate by the Martin Luther University Halle–Wittenberg, Halle (Germany)

2006     Friedrich Weygand Prize by the Max Bergmann Circle, Potsdam (Germany)

Five most important publications

Solubilization of membrane proteins into functional lipid-bilayer nanodiscs by diisobutylene/maleic acid copolymer.
Oluwole A, Danielczak B, Meister A, Babalola J, Vargas C, Keller S. 
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201756, 1919–1924.
PubMed

Influence of lipid bilayer properties on nanodisc formation mediated by styrene/maleic acid copolymers.
Cuevas Arenas R, Klingler J, Vargas C, Keller S.
Nanoscale 20168, 15016–15026. 
PubMed

Nanoparticle self-assembly in mixtures of phospholipids with styrene/maleic acid copolymers or fluorinated surfactants.
Vargas C, Cuevas Arenas R, Frotscher E, Keller S. 
Nanoscale 20157, 20685–20696. 
PubMed

A fluorinated detergent for membrane-protein applications.
Frotscher E, Danielczak B, Vargas C, Meister A, Durand G, Keller S. 
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201554, 5069–5073. 
PubMed

Polar interactions trump hydrophobicity in stabilizing the self-inserting membrane protein Mistic.
Broecker J, Fiedler S, Gimpl K, Keller S. 
J. Am. Chem. Soc2014136, 13761–13768. 
PubMed