PhD Project in Experimental Biophysics / Biochemistry

Supervised by Prof. Peter Hegemann

The Hector Fellow Academy offers you the opportunity to realize a self-developed research project under supervision Prof. Peter Hegemann. He is one of the Hector Fellows, a community of outstanding professors from different research institutions across Germany working in STEM-subjects, medicine, and psychology.

He is one of the founding fathers of optogenetics, which combines the methods of optics and genetics to create a form of non-invasive stimulation of neurons. His research with photoreceptors of algae has led to the discovery of light-sensitive ion compositions in cells. The protein involved (“channelrhodopsin-2”) enables a precise control of genetically modified cells through light pulses, which leads to a new possibility to treat neuronal illnesses.