Fachgebiet Molekulare Biophysik

Professor of Molecular Biophysics


Molecular Biophysics
TU Kaiserslautern
Erwin-Schrödinger-Str. 13
67663 Kaiserslautern

Room: 23-151

Tel.: +49 631 205 4908
Fax: +49 631 205 3799

e-mail: sandro.keller(at)biologie.uni-kl.de
Profile: Google Scholar

Consultation hours: on appointment

Curriculum Vitae:

2018–present: Dean, Faculty of Biology (TUK)

2018–present: Associate Editor, Biophysics Section, Journal of Membrane Biology

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)

2016–2018: Vice Dean, Faculty of Biology (TUK)

2016–2017: Biophysics Section Head (Editor in charge of Biophysics Section), Journal of Membrane Biology

2015–present: Professor of Molecular Biophysics, Faculty of Biology (TUK)

2015–2016: First Speaker, DGfB Section "Membranes, Cells, Networks"

2013–2014: Vice Speaker, DGfB Section "Membranes, Cells, Networks"

2009–2015: Assistant Professor of Molecular Biophysics, Faculty of Biology (TUK)

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

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

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

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

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

Honours & Awards:

2016: Appointment to 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

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

Major Research Interests:

Our research focusses on the biophysical chemistry of membrane proteins and the bottom-up engineering of membrane-mimetic systems. Our laboratory combines a broad range of experimental methods to unravel the physicochemical basis of fundamental biological phenomena and render them amenable to quantitative analysis. As detailed on our Research page, our principal interests comprise

(1) new membrane-mimetic lipid-bilayer nanodiscs on the basis of amphiphilic copolymers,

(2) novel fluorinated surfactants for membrane-protein research, and

(3) the folding, functions, and interactions of membrane proteins.

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