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Looking through molecular eyes: Research Groups in Graz

1) Karl Gruber (Institute of Molecular Biosciences, University of Graz)

  • Research Group: Molecular structural biology
  • Technologies: Biomolecular X-ray crystallography, molecular modeling, docking, molecular dynamics simulations
  • Key Publication: Substrate complexes of human dipeptidyl peptidase III reveal the mechanism of enzyme inhibition. Kumar et al. Scientific Reports 2016, 6, 23787.

2) Sandro Keller (Institute of Molecular Biosciences, University of Graz)

  • Research Group: Membrane Protein Biophysics
  • Technologies: polymer functionalisation, nanodisc formation, spectroscopy, scattering, calorimetry, chromatography, microfluidics, single-molecule imaging  
  • Key Publication: Solubilization of membrane proteins into functional lipid-bilayer nanodiscs using a diisobutylene/maleic acid copolymer. Oluwole et al. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 1919

3) Walter Keller (Institute of Molecular Biosciences, University of Graz)

  • Research Group: Bacterial conjugation and allergens
  • Technologies: X-ray crystallography, biophysical methods, structure-based epitope mapping
  • Key Publication: TraN: A novel repressor of an Enterococcus conjugative type IV secretion system.Kohler et al. Nucleic Acids Res 2018, 46 (17), 9201.

4) Tobias Madl (Gottfried Schatz Research Center, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Medical University of Graz)

  • Research Group: Signal Transduction and Metabolism
  • Technologies: NMR, SAXS/SANS, Molecular modeling, Rosetta, Programming, Biomolecular X-ray Crystallography, EM, biochemical & biophysical techniques
  • Key Publication: Hsp90-Tau complex reveals molecular basis for specificity in chaperone action. Karagöz et al. Cell, 2014, 156, 963.

5) Gustav Oberdorfer (Institute of Biochemistry, Graz University of Technology)

  • Research Group: Protein Design and Engineering
  • Technologies: Molecular modeling, Rosetta, Biomolecular X-ray Crystallography, biochemical & biophysical techniques
  • Key Publication: High thermodynamic stability of parametrically designed helical bundles. Oberdorfer et al. Science, 2014, 346 (6208): 481.

6) Monika Oberer (Institute of Molecular Biosciences, University of Graz)

  • Research Group: Structural biology in lipid metabolism
  • Technologies: NMR, X-ray crystallography, biochemical & biophysical techniques
  • Key Publication: The crystal structure of monoacylglycerol lipase from M. tuberculosis reveals the basis for specific inhibition. Aschauer et al. Scientific  reports. 2018; 8:8948.

7) Georg Pabst (Institute of Molecular Biosciences, University of Graz)

  • Research Group: Biomembrane Physics
  • Technologies: SAXS, bochemical & biophysical techniques
  • Key Publication: Complex biomembrane mimetics on the sub-nanometer scale. Heberle and Pabst. Biophys Rev 2017, 9, 353.

8) Tea Pavkov-Keller (Institute of Molecular Biosciences, University of Graz)

  • Research Group: Bacterial interactions and enzyme complexes
  • Technologies: X-ray crystallography, cryo-EM, SAXS
  • Key Publication: Regioselective para-Carboxylation of Catechols with a Prenylated Flavin Dependent Decarboxylase. Payer et al.  Angew Chem Int Ed Engl 2017, 56, 13893.

9) Ruth Prassl (Gottfried Schatz Research Center, Biophysics, Medical University of Graz)

  • Research Group: Nanomedicine
  • Technologies: PCS, NTA, SEM/TEM, AFM, SAXS/SANS
  • Key Publication: High hydrostatic pressure induces a lipid phase transition and molecular rearrangements in low-density lipoprotein nanoparticles. Lehofer et al. Particle & particle systems characterization 2018, 35 (9).

10) Pedro A. Sánchez-Murcia (Otto-Loewi Research Center, Physiological Chemistry, Medical University of Graz)

11) Andreas Winkler (Institute of Biochemistry, Graz University of Technology)

  • Research Group: Optogenetics and Photobiochemistry
  • Technologies: HDX-MS, x-ray crystallography, biochemical & biophysical techniques
  • Key Publication: Bacteriophytochromes – from informative model systems of phytochrome function to powerful tools in cell biology. Gourinchas et al. Current Opinion in Structural Biology, 2019, 57, 72.

12) Klaus Zangger (Institute of Chemistry, University of Graz)

  • Research Group: NMR Center
  • Technologies: NMR
  • Key Publication: Escherichia coli antitoxin MazE as transcription factor: insights into MazE-DNA binding. Zorzini et al. Nucleic Acids Res. 2015, 43(2):1241.

13) Douwe Jan Bonthuis (Institute of Theoretical and Computational Physics, Graz University of Technology)

  • Research group: Theoretical biophysics
  • Technologies: Atomistic and coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations, continuum modeling
  • Key publication: Analytical Interfacial Layer Model for the Capacitance and Electrokinetics of Charged Aqueous Interfaces Uematsu et al., Langmuir 2018, 34, 9097−9113

14) Klaus Groschner (Gottfried Schatz Research Center, Biophysics, Medical University of Graz)

  • Research Group: Quantitative & Synthetic Cell Biology
  • Technologies: Microscopy
  • Key Publication: An optically controlled probe identifies lipid-gating fenestrations within the TRPC3 channel. Lichtenegger et al. Nat. Chem. Biol. 2018, 14(4), 396.

15) Karl Lohner (Institute of Molecular Biosciences, University of Graz)

  • Research Group: Biophysics
  • Technologies: SAXS, biochemical & biophysical techniques
  • Key Publication: Complex biomembrane mimetics on the sub-nanometer scale. Heberle and Pabst. Biophys Rev 2017, 9, 353.

16) Robert Kourist (Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, Graz University of Technology)

  • Research Group: Cell and Protein Engineering
  • Key Publication: A one-pot cascade reaction combining an encapsulated decarboxylase with metathesis for the synthesis of bio-based antioxidants. Gómez-Baraibar et al. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2016, 55 (47) 14823.

17) Peter Macheroux (Institute of Biochemistry, Graz University of Technology)

  • Research Group: Protein Biochemistry
  • Technologies: NMR
  • Key Publication: Molecular mechanisms of bacterial bioluminescence. Brodl et al. Comp Struct Biotechnol J, 2018, 16, 551

18) Bernd Nidetzky (Institute of Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering, Graz University of Technology)

  • Research Group: Biotechnology and Enzyme Technology
  • Technologies: SAXS, X-ray crystallography
  • Key Publication: Single-molecule study of oxidative enzymatic deconstruction of cellulose . Eibinger et al. Nat. Commun. 8, 894 (2017).

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