Postgraduate Seminar

During semesters, the  Postgraduate Seminar is held weekly. Here, students working on their bachelor, master and doctoral theses exchange their research results and keep themselves informed on the latest developments.

Information on and a schedule of the Postgraduate Seminar for participants:

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Foto Oskar Engberg

Dr. Oskar Engberg
Phone +49 341 97-15740

Institute Seminar

During semesters the Institute Seminar is held every Friday at 9:00 am, unless specifically announced otherwise.

Please note that we are using different rooms in the Winter Term 2023, as stated in the timetable below. Room 114 (Rittersaal) is on the 1st Floor, the small lecture hall (kl. HS) is on the 3th Floor and the great lecture hall (gr. HS) is on the 5th Floor of Härtelstr. 16-18. Please use the courtyard entrance.


Foto Benedikt Schwarze

Dr. Benedikt Schwarze
Phone +49 341 97-15706

Institute Seminar - Winter Term 2022/23

21.10.22114 Rittersaal

Prof. Dr. Rainer Boeckmann

University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

Curving molecules – on the fascinating role of lipids in COVID-19 vaccines and cell membranes
28.10.22kl. HS

Clara Schoeder

Leipzig University

Institut of Drug Discovery

Computational protein design of novel immunotherapeutic drugs
04.11.22gr. HS

Uta Ceglarek  

Universität Leipzig


Clinical metabolomics in targeted und non-targeted applications
11.11.22gr. HS

Marcus Schwarz

Universität Leipzig


Der Tod im Anflug – Wundballistik in der Rechtsmedizin

Vortrag in deutscher Sprache / talk in german

18.11.22gr. HS

Venus Singh Mithu

MPI Göttingen

Department of NMR-based Structural Biology

Structural analysis of membrane catalyzed hIAPP aggregates: Road to potential therapeutic intervention in type II diabetes
25.11.22gr. HS

Kvido Strisovsky

IOCB Prague

Structural mechanisms of rhomboid superfamily proteins and their implications for biology
02.12.22gr. HS

Thomas Piper

German Sport University Cologne

Institute of Biochemistry

“Challenges in Sports Drug Testing: Anabolic Androgenic Steroids”
09.12.22gr. HS

Kathrin Engel

Universität Leipzig

Institut für med. Physik und Biophysik

„Thin-layer chromatography in lipid research”
16.12.22114 Rittersaal  
06.01.23114 Rittersaal

Viola Döbel

Universität Leipzig

Institut für med. Physik und Biophysik

13.01.23gr. HS

Carsten Hoffmann

Universitätsklinikum Jena

Institut für Molekulare Zellbiologie

Titel: GRK Knock-out cells reveal new insights into GPCR regulation

Rico Singer

Leiden University

Exploring the potential of 28.2 T MRI to resolve microstructural details and white matter tracts in young adult zebrafish brain

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27.01.23gr. HS

Claudia Claus

Universitätsklinikum Leipzig

Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiologie und Virologie

Cellular and biophysical approaches to characterize rubella virus infection at barrier structures
03.02.23gr. HS

Dr. Milica Matijevic

Universität Leipzig

Institut für med. Physik und Biophysik

Investigations of the interaction of photosensitive nanocomposite system based on undoped and doped titanium oxide nanoparticles with biomolecules and cells

10.02.23gr. HS

Leo Kaysser  

Universitätsklinikum Leipzig

Institut für Wirkstoffentwicklung

From Genes to Molecules – Genome-assisted Natural Product Discovery

Institute Seminar - Summer Term 2022


Dr. Xiaojing Cong

Institute of Functional Genomics

Montpellier, France

Molecular modeling of GPCR activation and applications in ligand discovery





Prof. Dr. Andreas Melzer

Universität Leipzig

Innovation Center Computer Assisted Surgery (ICCAS)

Therapeutic applications of ultrasound.
29.04.22Gr. HS

Dr. Philipp Gunz

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology


A mind set in stone: fossil traces of human brain evolution
06.05.22 Gr. HS

Alexander Korn

Universität Leipzig

Institute of Medical Physics and Biophysics

NMR Investigations of the self-organization and dynamics of mutated amyloid protein fibrils
13.05.22109No Seminar 

Gr. HS

10:15 Uhr!!

Prof. Dr. Andreas Bock

Rudolph-Boehm-Institut für Toxikologie

Universität Leipzig

cAMP signaling at the nanometer scale
27.05.22 –

No Seminar

03.06.22Gr. HS

Prof. Dr. Roland Netz

Theoretical Bio and Soft Matter Physics

FU Berlin

Membrane – Membrane Interactions
10.06.22Gr. HS

Dr. Thomas Ebert

Universitätsmedizin Leipzig

IFB Adipositas

Chronic Kidney Disease – a multisystemic disease due to barrier dysfunction?
17.06.22Gr. HS

Prof. Dr. Bernd Reif

TU München

Fakultät für Chemie

Aggregation kinetics and amyloid fibril structure probed by solution and MAS solid-state NMR spectroscopy

Do 23.06.22

16:00 Uhr


due to illness

Dr. Lucy Forrest

National Institute of Health
Nashville, TN, USA

The Encyclopedia of Membrane Proteins Analyzed by STructure and Symmetry (EncoMPASS)
01.07.22 Gr. HS

Markus Fischer

Institute of Medical Physics and Biophysics
Leipzig University

Mock Dissertation Defense Lecture (in German):

NMR-Untersuchungen zur Membraninteraktion von Kinaseinhibitoren
und Vorhersage von Ordnungsparametern mit graphischen neuronalen Netzen

08.07.22Gr. HS

PD Dr. Beate Fuchs

Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology
Core Facility Metabolomics

Metabolomics workflow to analyse regulated metabolic pathways during running performance of (marathon) mice
15.07.22Kl. HS

Prof. Dr. Swen Hesse

Universitätsmedizin Leipzig

IFB Adipositas

Neuroreceptors at work: Kinetic modeling of in vivo PET data

Institute Seminar - Winter Term 2021/22

15.10.21Kl. HS

Markus Fischer

Institute of Medical Physics and Biophysics

Leipzig University

Prediction of protein binding from sequence
22.10.21Kl. HS

Prof. Dr.-Ing. René Androsch
Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät II

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Crystallization of polymers at processing-relevant conditions



Dr. Christoph Gorgulla
Harvard Medical School
Ultra-large virtual screenings
05.11.21 Kl. HS

Dr. Radek Šachl

J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry

Prag, Czech Republic

Relating in-membrane oligomerization numbers of proteins to their functions
12.11.21Kl. HS

Prof. Dr. Martin Zacharias

Fakultät für Physik
Technische Universität München

Understanding allostery in GPCRs using Molecular Dynamics simulations
19.11.21 online

Prof. Dr. Maria do Rosário Domingues

Department of Chemistry

University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal

Oxidized phospholipid and mass spectrometry fingerprinting to unveil the biological roles of these epilipids
26.11.21Kl. HS

Prof. Dr. Robert Kittel

Faculty of Life Sciences

Leipzig University

Molecular tuning of mechanosensory communication

Prof. Dr. Valerie O’Donnell

Medical Department

University of Cardiff, Wales

Using mass spectrometry to uncover endogenous lipids that regulate blood clotting
10.12.21Gr. HS and online

Emelyne Pacull

Institute of Medical Physics and Biophysics
Leipzig University

Investigation of the structure and dynamics of the ghrelin/GHS receptor complex by solid-stte NMR
17.12.21Gr. HS
and online

Dr. René Staritzbichler

Institute of Medical Physics and Biophysics
Leipzig University

Christmas tale: the magic of physics


15:00 Uhr!

Prof. Dr. Hassane Mchaourab
Dept. of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, U.S.A.
Online Link:

EPR in the age of cryoEM: Two recent stories.
14.01.22Gr. HS and onlinePD Dr. Veronika Witte
Max-Planck-Institut für Kognitions- und Neurowissenschaften, Leipzig
Impact of diet and obesity on brain structure and function


15:00 Uhr!

Dr. Erkan Karakas
Dept. of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, U.S.A.

Structural basis for activation and gating of IP3 receptor calcium channels


15:00 Uhr!

Dr. Ilya Levental
Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
University of Virginia, U.S.A.

The lateral and transbilayer organization of the mammalian plasma membrane
04.02.22 Prof. Dr. Swen Hesse
IFB Adipositas
Universität Leipzig

Prof. Dr. Thomas Günther-Pomorski

Molekulare Biochemie
Ruhr-Universität Bochum#

Molecular dissection of membrane transporters – Gaining new insights from biophysical approaches 

Institute Seminar - Summer Term 2021


Gr. HS

and online

Dr. Alexander Vogel

Institute of Medical Physics and Biophysics

Leipzig University

Molecular Dynamics of the Human Y1 Receptor in the Presence of an Antagonist and in the apo State
23.04.21 no Institute Seminar 

Gr. HS

and online

Prof. Dr. Ines Liebscher

Institute of Biochemistry

Leipzig University

How to wake a giant – Activation mechanisms of adhesion G protein-coupled receptors

Dr. Markus Miettinen

System Security Lab

TU Darmstadt

High-fidelity biomacromolecular modelling: lipids, amyloids, open science
14.05.21 no Institute Seminar 

Prof. Dr. Panagiotis Kastritis

Kastritis Lab for Biomolecular Research

MLU Halle-Wittenberg

Exploring cellular organization in native cell extracts with cryo-electron microscopy
28.05.21Gr. HS and online

Dr. Hossein Batebi

Institute of Medical Physics and Biophysics

Leipzig University

Structural mechanism of receptor catalyzed G-protein activation

Gr. HS

and online

Prof. Dr. Georg Pabst

Biomembrane Physics

University of Graz, Austria

Membrane asymmetry: current insight and future challenges
11.06.21Gr. HS and online

Dr. René Staritzbichler

Institute of Medical Physics and Biophysics

AlignMe – Alignment of Membrane Proteins

Gr. HS

and online

Prof. Dr. Christoph Schwarzer

Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria

Dynorphin, the better opiod

Gr. HS

and online

Prof. Dr. Georg Nagel


Universität Würzburg

02.07.21Gr. HS and online

Dr. Paul Ahrens

Institut für Laboratoriumsmedizin, Klinische Chemie und Molekulare Diagnostik

Universität Leipzig

Clinical Decision Support Systems – Machine Learning in Medicine

Gr. HS

and online

Prof. Dr. Claudia Blindauer

Department of Chemistry

University of Warwick

Great Britain

Keeping track of zinc in biological systems with molecular and inorganic mass spectroscopy

Dr. Patrick Scheerer

Institut für Medizinische Physik und Biophysik

Charité Berlin



Dr. Petra Heffeter

Medical University of Vienna, Austria

The development of small molecule chemotherapeutics for cancer treatment