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.

Young scientists are invited to be in constant exchange with each other, present their research results in different kind of ways, learn new experimental or computational based techniques and strengthen their language skills. Moreover, also soft skills will be trained during the seminar. Thus, our students learn how to discuss their ideas and problems, how to work in teams, how to optimize their time management, how to criticize in a constructive way and much more.

Due to the wide variety of interdisciplinary research groups at the Institute of Medical Physics and Biophysics, our students have different educational backgrounds, research interests and goals. This enables a great exchange of skills and knowledge beyond the students‘ own level of knowledge.

Young scientists from other institutes are also highly welcome to participate in the seminar and can send an Email if they are interested.


Crowd preprint reviewing club 

We are proud to report that we launched the Biophysics Leipzig University PREreview Club in December 2023. Here, our students review a preprint article from a preprint platform (like BioRxiv, MeRxiv, Zenodo, …) either as a team or alone. The reviews are uploaded to the PREreview server, linked with a DOI at the Zenodo platform and are thus freely accessible to the scientific community. The aim of this club is to develop a sustainable contribution to the development towards unconfined OpenScience practices in the area of publishing and knowledge sharing. It should give PhD students access to the peer review system and educate them in giving adequate feedback on research data


Foto Jenny Leopold

Dr. Jenny Leopold
Phone +49 341 97-15722

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 2023/24, 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.


Dr. Peter Schmidt
Phone +49 341 97-157




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green: City
blue: Guest
yellow: Institute Member

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Institute Seminar - Summer Term 2024




Prof. Dr. Daniel Huster

Institut für Medizinische Physik und Biophysik, Universität Leipzig

Here is what’s going on in the Huster group: Structural dynamics of membranes, proteins and beyond 



Prof. Dr. Peter Hildebrand

Institut für Medizinische Physik und Biophysik, Universität Leipzig

Structural mechanism of receptor-G protein coupling investigated by molecular dynamics simulations 


8:30 Uhr

Großer HS

Prof. Dr. Daniel Wüstner 

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) of the University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Odense, Denmark

Sterol transport and starvation responses in a yeast model of Niemann Pick type C disease – insights from imaging 



Prof. Dr. Alia Matysik

Institut für Medizinische Physik und Biophysik, Universität Leipzig

Spying on disease mechanism and toxicity pathways using MRI and HR-MAS NMR based techniques 











Großer HS









8:30 Uhr

Großer HS














Institute Seminar - Winter Term 2023/24



kl. HS

Henri Franquelim

Research and Transfer Center for bioactive Matter, Leipzig University

Biomimetic nanotechnologies for remodeling and sensing lipid membranes 



Eva Müller

Institute for the Research on HIV and AIDS-associated Diseases, University Duisburg Essen

invited by: Kathrin Engel

Lipid metabolism and HIV persistance: A mutual relation 



Matthias Elgeti

Institute for Drug Discovery, Leipzig University

Integrative biomolecular EPR, introduction and applications 



Loren Andreas &

Marianna Stampolaki

Max Planck Institute For Multidisciplinary Sciences, Göttingen

Invited by: Andy Smith-Penzel

NMR-based investigation of membrane protein structure: the influenza M2 proton channel and the envelope protein from SARS-CoV-2 &

Binding and Blocking of Influenza A Proton Channel by Novel Inhibitors

(Dienstag), 14:30 Uhr


Hendrik Heinz

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

Invited by: Irina Estrela-Lopis

Understanding the Recognition and Assembly of Amino Acids and Proteins at Nanoparticle Surfaces 


gr. HS

Russel Kitson

Department of Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry, Charles University, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

Invited by: Daniel Huster

19-Substituted Geldanamycin derivatives: Hsp90 inhibitors with reduced off-target toxicity, for cancer and Parkinson’s disease therapeutics 


gr. HS

Holger Sieg

German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), Department of Food Safety, Berlin

Invited by: Irina Estrela-Lopis

Micro- and Nanoplastics: Research at the BfR in the Field of Food Safety 



Ferdinand Fandrei

Institute for Medical Physics and Biophysics, Leipzig University

Sieht unsere Haut wie ein Club-Sandwich aus? -Untersuchung des molekularen Aufbaus der Lipidmatrix im Stratum Corneum (presentation in english) 


gr. HS

Sergey Samsonov

GAG Computational Group, Laboratory of Molecular Modeling, Department of Theoretical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Gdansk, Poland

Invited by: Anja Penk

The dynamic dance: exploring protein-carbohydrate recognition with molecular dynamics
Benedikt Schwarze, Anja Penk, Sergey Samsonov, Daniel Huster


Josefine Umlauft

Forschungszentrum ScaDS.AI (Center for Scalable Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence), Leipzig University

Invited by: Jenny Leopold

How Glaciers Slide – Unraveling Cryoseismological Records with Machine Learning 



Viola Döbel

Institute for Medical Physics and Biophysics, Leipzig University

Sicherheitsbelehrung / safety instruction
Viola Döbel


gr. HS

Marlon R. Schneider

Veterinär-Physiologisches Institut, Leipzig University

Invited by Kathrin Engel

Assessing the sebaceous gland differentiation landscape by spatial transcriptomics
Jürgen Schiller, Cica Vissiennon, Kathrin Engel, Marlon R. Schneider


gr. HS

Alba Hernández Bonilla

Grup de Mutagènesi, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

Invited by: Irina Estrela-Lopis

Understanding the health risks associated to micro- & nanoplastics exposure
Irina Estrela-Lopis, Milica Matijević, Alba Hernández Bonilla, Luana Epicoco, Tom Venus


gr. HS

Hermann Kalwa

Rudolf-Boehm-Institute for Pharmacology and Toxicology, Leipzig University

Invited by: Uta Reibetanz

Tumor biological significance of MARCKS and hypoxia sensing TRPA1 channel in glioblastoma
Uta Reibetanz, Hermann Kalwa



Florian Seufert

Institut für Medizinische Physik und Biophysik,

Universität Leipzig

Unveiling the GPS cleavage mechanism in ADGRL1 with QM/MM
Florian Seufert, Maik Pankonin



Georg Künze

Institute for Drug Discovery, Leipzig University

Invited by: Holger Scheidt

„Computational engineering of a metagenome-derived hydrolase for efficient PET depolymerization“
Irina Estrela-Lopis, Georg Künze



Ferdinand Fandrei

Institute for Medical Physics and Biophysics, Leipzig University

Ähnelt unsere Haut einem Club-Sandwich? – Wie fluide Lipide unser Bild der menschlichen Hautbarriere modifizieren
Oskar Engberg, Albert A. Smith-Penzel, Ferdinand Fandrei


Kleiner Hörsaal

Daniel Wüstner

University of Southern Denmark,
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Invited by: Holger Scheidt

Sterol transport and starvation responses in a yeast model of Niemann Pick type C disease – insights from imaging 

Institute Seminar - Summer Term 2023


Florian Lindemann

FMP Berlin

NMR as a versatile tool in integrated structural biology

Karsten Seeger

Uni Lübeck

In-tube extraction and slice selective NMR experiments allow imaging via statistical analysis of metabolic profiles
28.4.23gr. HS

Tiago Mendes Ferreira

MLU Halle-Wittenberg

Towards complex lipid membranes using solid-state NMR

Gerhard Schmalz

Uniklinikum Leipzig

Oral health and systemic diseases – a promising interlink for research and clinic

Anja Saalbach

Uniklinikum Leipzig

Chronic inflammation and obesity
Role of free fatty acids

Anika Wurl

MLU Halle-Wittenberg

Molecular Structure of Long n-Alkanes in Lipid Membranes: Combining NMR and MD simulations

Kathrin Engel

Uni Leipzig

9.6.23gr. HS

Petra Imhof

FAU Erlangen

Protonation, hydration, and conformational changes as means of communication in proteins
16.6.23gr. HS

Juliane Adler

Universität Leipzig

AI in literature research

Viktorija Glembockyte

LMU Munich

DNA origami tools for sensing single molecules

Peter Schmidt/ Alexander Vogel

Universität Leipzig

The eXciting case of how to eXcite Xenon in a cage
7.7.23gr. HS

Tom Venus

Universität Leipzig

Dosimetry, imaging and diagnostics of micro and nanoparticles by means of high resolution techniques

Merle Scherf

Universität Leipzig

Cargo Encapsulation inside DNA Origami Nanocages

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 - 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.
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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