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Natural and Life Sciences Hosts (2018)

Andreas Reiner - Biology

Biology and Biotechnology

Cellular Neurobiology

Research Area

Optical Control and Probing of Synaptic Signaling Proteins

We use novel, optical approaches to study membrane proteins, in particular to understand how protein complexes assemble and transmit signals across cell membranes.

Our main focus is on glutamate receptor signaling. Glutamate receptors (GluRs) play a key role in the central nervous system, where they pass excitatory signals across synapses and modulate synaptic strength and plasticity.

We combine biochemical methods, spectroscopic techniques, live cell imaging and electrophysiology to gain further insight into GluR function and physiology. As part of our toolset we use chemical photoswitches to manipulate GluRs with light – a method that allows for the precise control of specific receptor complexes with high spatial and temporal precision. At the same time, the engineering of photo-controllable ion channels and GPCRs provides a powerful tool for optogenetic and pharmacological studies.

Candidate Profile

We are looking forward to host a motivated and independently working scientist, who is interested in exploring projects in the areas of cellular signaling, chemical biology, optogenetics or neurophysiology.

Required is an excellent university degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, or a related discipline, as well as a very high motivation to engage in interdisciplinary research and the ability to work in a team. Experience in experimental research and very good English skills are mandatory.

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Deniz Kus - Mathematics

Mathematics

Algebra and Geometry

Research Area

My research interests are all sort of representation theory and algebraic
combinatorics. I have strong side interests in the interaction between
representation theory, number theory, basic hypergeometric series, geometry
and combinatorics.

Candidate Profile

The candidate should have a master degree in mathematics, favourably in the
field of representation theory or algebraic combinatorics. Knowledge in
algebraic Lie theory would be an additional advantage.

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