Center for Plant Molecular Biology

Cellular Nanoscience
Schäffer Lab

Erik Schäffer
Group leader.

phone: (+49) 7071-29-78831

Anita Jannasch

Akademische Rätin

email: anita.jannaschspam
phone: (+49) 7071-29-78735

Michael Bugiel
Post doc who characterizes mechanical properties of motor proteins using optical tweezers. Michael received a scholarship from the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.

email: Michael.Bugielspam
phone: (+49) 7071-29-78739

Carolina Carrasco Pulido

Post doc who studies the interaction between proteins and DNA molecules by the means of optical tweezers and TIRF


phone: (+49) 7071-29-74609

Christine Kiefer

PhD student studying molecular motors in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.

Email: christine.kieferspam
phone: (+49) 7071-29-74609

Tobias Jachowski

PhD student who studies the interaction of proteins and DNA by the means of optical tweezers.

Email: tobias.jachowskispam
phone: (+49) 7071-29-74609

Mohammad Kazem Abdosamadi
PhD student who works on anti-reflected beads and microtubule associated proteins.

email: mohammad-kazem.abdosamadispam
phone: (+49) 7071-29-78854

Gero Hermsdorf

PhD student, who works on single molecule fluorescence combined with optical tweezers to study membrane mechanics and thermophoresis.

email: gero.hermsdorfspam
phone: (+49) 7071-29-78734

Mayank Chugh

PhD student investigating the role of kinesin 12 family members in accurate positioning of cell division plane in Arabidopsis thaliana using in vitro and in vivo single molecular techniques.

email: mayank.chughspam

phone: (+49) 7071-29-78739

Maria Kharlamova

PhD student who studies the interaction of Rad52 protein and DNA by the means of optical tweezers and TIRF.


phone: (+49) 7071-29-78739

Swathi Sudhakar

PhD student, who works on functionalized semiconductor nano particles as quantitative markers for bio molecule research


phone: (+49) 7071-29-78854

Viktoria Wedler

PhD student who works on applying plamonic nano antennas as probes for measurements on motorproteins.

email: viktoria.wedlerspam

phone: (+49) 7071-29-74609

Benedikt Fischer

PhD Student who investigates the human kinesin-based transport complex of mitochondria using in vitro molecular techniques.


phone: (+49) 7071-29-78734

Shu Yao Leong

PhD student studying the mechanistic role of phragmoplast orienting kinesins in plant cytokinesis.


phone: (+49) 7071-29-78854

Yannick Palmowski

M.Sc. student who analizes the new behaviour of KiP3 via optical tweezers.

email: yannick-alexander.palmowskispam

Kevin Strobel

M.Sc. student


phone: (+49) 7071-29-78734



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