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Work Experience

2017–present
Speaker, Centre for Lipidomics (CZSLip)

2017–present
Member of the Board of Directors, North American Calorimetry Conference (CALCON)

2017–present
Treasurer
, German Biophysical Society (DGfB)

2016–present
Vice Dean, Faculty of Biology, University of Kaiserslautern

2016–present
Biophysics Section Head (Editor in charge of Biophysics Section), Journal of Membrane Biology

2016–present, 2011–2014
Member of the Faculty Council, Faculty of Biology, University of Kaiserslautern

2015–present
Professor (W2) of Molecular Biophysics, Faculty of Biology, University of Kaiserslautern

2015–2016
First Speaker, section “Membranes, Cells, Networks” of the German Biophysical Society (DGfB)

2014–present
Member of the Committee for Studies and Teaching, Faculty of Biology, University of Kaiserslautern

2013–2014
Vice Speaker, section “Membranes, Cells, Networks” of the German Biophysical Society (DGfB)

2011–present
Member of the Biophysics Examination Board, Faculty of Biology, University of Kaiserslautern

2009–2015
Assistant Professor (W1) of Molecular Biophysics, Faculty of Biology, University of Kaiserslautern

2006–2010
Leader of the independent Junior Research Group “Biophysics of Membrane Proteins”, Department of Chemical Biology, Leibniz Institute of Molecular Pharmacology (FMP), Berlin

2002
Scientific researcher, Department of Biophysical Chemistry, Biocentre, University of Basel

Education

2006
Doctoral degree, Physical Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences—Chemistry and Physics, Martin Luther University Halle–Wittenberg, Halle, Germany
Summa cum laude

2003–2006
Dissertation: Interactions of Ionic Detergents and Cell-Penetrating Peptides with Phospholipid Membranes
Supervisors: Prof. Alfred Blume, Department of Physical Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Martin Luther University Halle–Wittenberg, Germany; Prof. Michael Bienert and Dr. Margitta Dathe, Department of Chemical Biology, Leibniz Institute of Molecular Pharmacology (FMP), Berlin, Germany

2002
Diploma degree, Biocentre (specialisation in Biophysical Chemistry), Faculty of Philosophy and Natural Sciences, University of Basel, Switzerland

2002
Diploma thesis: Effects of DD-Substitutions on Self-Association and Lipid Binding of Alzheimer’s β‑Amyloids
Supervisor: Prof. Joachim Seelig, Department of Biophysical Chemistry, Biocentre, University of Basel, Switzerland

1998–2002
Study of Biology II (Biophysical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology), Biocentre, University of Basel, Switzerland

Honours and Awards

2016
Appointment to W2-Professorship for Biophysical Spectroscopy, Imaging, and Computer Simulation, Medical Department, University of Leipzig; declined

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

2010
Advancement Award, Cantonal Government of Graubünden, Chur, Switzerland

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

2008/2009
Fellowship, Schering Foundation, Berlin, for participation in the course “Young Leaders in Science” by the Centre for Science and Research Management, Speyer

2007
Luther Certificate, Martin Luther University Halle–Wittenberg, Halle

2006
Friedrich Weygand Prize, Max Bergmann Circle for the Promotion of Peptide Chemistry, Potsdam

Five Key Publications

Fast collisional lipid transfer among polymer-bounded nanodiscs.
Cuevas Arenas R, Danielczak B, Martel A, Porcar L, Breyton C, Ebel C, Keller S.
Sci. Rep. 2017, 7, 45875.
PubMed

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

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