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Dr. Manuel Etzkorn

Heisenberg Grant
Understanding the dynamic world of cell signalling and bio-catalysis through integrative native-state NMR

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Phone: 0211 81-12023

Research Areas

The research group of Dr. Manuel Etzkorn aims to identify and apply the most suitable technique and (membrane) environment in order to understand complex biological systems. Therefore they are using on the one hand well-established test proteins such as bacteriorhodopsin to explore feasibilities and limitations of promising non-conventional tools such as nanodiscs and amphipathic polymers. On the other hand they make use of the obtained information to advance the characterization of more challenging and pharmacologically relevant membrane proteins. For the latter they are in particular interested in understanding the molecular mechanism involved in hormone-receptor interactions. 

Academic Career

Dr. Manuel Etzkorn studied physics at the University of Göttingen, where he recieved his diploma in 2004. Subsequently he did his doctoral studies at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen. From 2009 to 2012 he worked as a Postdoc at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA and at MIT/Harvard Center of Magnetic Resonance in Cambridge, USA. He has been a Emmy Noether research group leader at HHU and Forschungszentrum Jülich from 2013-2020. Since 2021 he is part of DFG's Heisenberg programme.

  • Heisenberg Programme of the German Research Foundation, since 2021
  • Felix Bloch Lecture of the German Chemical Society, 2018
  • Ulrich-Hadding-Research Award of the "Biological-Medical Research Center (BMFZ)" at HHU, 2017
  • Group leader in the Emmy Noether Program of the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2013-2020
  • DAAD Research Fellowship 2009-2011


Photo: Hanne Horn

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