Research interests

  • biochemistry and structural biology of membrane proteins
  • biophysics of photosynthesis, x-ray spectroscopy and fs-X-ray laser diffraction spectroscopy
  • development of photobiohybrid electrodes for applications solar-to-chemical or solar-to electrical energy converting systems

Research Units in UniSysCat

Prof. Dr. Athina Zouni
HU Berlin
Department of Biology
Philippstraße 13
10115 Berlin
+49 (0)30 2093-47930

Publications (selection)

M. Zhang, M. Bommer, et int., A. Zouni, Structural insights into the light-driven auto-assembly process of the water-oxidizing Mn4CaO5-cluster in photosystem II. Elife 2017, 6, E26933.

D. Ciornii, M. Riedel, K. R. Stieger, S. V. Feifel, M. Hejazi, H. Lokstein, A. Zouni, F. Lisdat, Bioelectronic circuit on a 3D electrode architecture: enzymatic catalysis interconnected with photosystem I, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2017, 139, 16478–16481.

I. D. Young, M. Ibrahim, R. Chatterjee, S. Gul, F. D. Fuller, S. Koroidov, A. S. Brewster, R. Tran, R. Alonso-Mori, T. Kroll, T. Michels-Clark, H. Laksmono, R. G. Sierra, C. A. Stan, R. Hussein, M. Zhang, L. Douthit, M. Kubin, C. de Lichtenberg, L. Vo Pham, H. Nilsson, M. H. Cheah, D. Shevela, C. Saracini, M. A. Bean, I. Seuffert, D. Sokaras, T. C. Weng, E. Pastor, C. Weninger, T. Fransson, L. Lassalle, P. Bräuer, P. Aller, P. T. Docker, B. Andi, A. M. Orville, J. M. Glownia, S. Nelson, M. Sikorski, D. Zhu, M. S. Hunter, T. J. Lane, A. Aquila, J. E. Koglin, J. Robinson, M. Liang, S. Boutet, A. Y. Lyubimov, M. Uervirojnangkoorn, N. W. Moriarty, D. Liebschner, P. V. Afonine, D. G. Waterman, G. Evans, P. Wernet, H. Dobbek, W. I. Weis, A. T. Brunger, P. H. Zwart, P. D. Adams, A. Zouni, J. Messinger, U. Bergmann, N. K. Sauter, J. Kern, V. K. Yachandra, J. Yano, Structure of photosystem II and substrate binding at room temperature, Nature 2016, 540, 453–457.

K. R. Stieger, D. Ciornii, A. Kölsch, M. Hejazi, H. Lokstein, S. C. Feifel, A. Zouni, F. Lisdat, Engineering of supramolecular photoactive protein architectures: the defined co-assembly of photosystem I and cytochrome c using a nanoscaled DNA-matrix, Nanoscale 2016, 8, 10695– 10705.

M. Bommer, A. N. Bondar, A. Zouni, H. Dobbek, H. Dau, Crystallographic and  computational analysis of the barrel part of the PsbO protein of photosystem II: carboxylate–water clusters as putative proton transfer relays and structural switches, Biochemistry 2016, 55, 4626–4635.

R. G. Sierra, C. Gati, H. Laksmono, E. Han Dao, S. Gul, F. Fuller, J. Kern, R. Chatterjee, M. Ibrahim, A. S. Brewster, I. D. Young, T. Michels-Clark, A. Aquila, M. Liang, M. S. Hunter, J. E. Koglin, S. Boutet, E. A. Junco, B. Hayes, M. J. Bogan, C. Y. Hampton, E. V. Puglisi, N. K. Sauter, C. A. Stan, A. Zouni, J. Yano, V. K. Yachandra, S. M. Soltis, J. D. Puglisi, H. DeMirci, Concentric-flow electrokinetic injector enables serial crystallography of ribosome and photosystem II, Nature Methods 2015, 11.

M. Ibrahim, R. Chatterjee, J. Hellmich, R. Tran, M. Bommer, V. K. Yachandra, J. Yano, J. Kern, A. Zouni, Improvements in serial femtosecond crystallography of photosystem II by optimizing crystal uniformity using microseeding procedures, Structural Dynamics 2015, 2, 041705.

J. Hellmich, M. Bommer, A. Burkhardt, M. Ibrahim, J. Kern, A. Meents, F. Müh, H. Dobbek, A. Zouni, Native-like photosystem II superstructure at 2.44 Å resolution through detergent extraction from the protein crystal, Structure 2014, 22, 1607–1615.

J. Kern, R. Tran, R. Alonso-Mori, S. Koroidov, N. Echols, J. Hattne, M. Ibrahim, S. Gul, H. Laksmono, R. G. Sierra, R. J. Gildea, G. Han, J. Hellmich, B. Lassalle-Kaiser, R. Chatterjee, A. S. Brewster, C. A. Stan, C. Glöckner, A. Lampe, D. DiFiore, D. Milathianaki, A. R. Fry, M. M. Seibert, J. E. Koglin, E. Gallo, J. Uhlig, D. Sokaras, T.-C. Weng, P. H. Zwart, D. E. Skinner, M. J. Bogan, M. Messerschmidt, P. Glatzel, G. J. Williams, S. Boutet, P. D. Adams, A. Zouni, J. Messinger, N. K. Sauter, U. Bergmann, J. Yano, V. K. Yachandra, Taking snapshots of photosynthetic water oxidation using femtosecond X-ray diffraction and spectroscopy, Nature Communications 2014, 5, 4371.

J. Kern, R. Alonso-Mori, R. Tran, J. Hattne, R. G. Gildea, N. Echols, C. Glöckner, J. Hellmich, H. Laksmono, R. G. Sierra, B. Lassalle-Kaiser, S. Koroidov, A. Lampe, G. Han, S. Gul, D. DiFiore, D. Milathianaki, A. R. Fry, A. Miahnari, D. W. Schafer, M. Messerschmidt, M. M. Seibert, E. Jason Koglin, D. Sokaras, T. C. Weng, J. Sellberg, M. J. Latimer, R. W. Grosse-Kunstleve, P. H. Zwart, W. H. White, P. Glatzel, P. D. Adams, M. J. Bogan, G. J. Williams, S. Boutet, J. Messinger, A. Zouni, N. K. Sauter, V. K. Yachandra, U. Bergmann, J. Yano, Simultaneous femtosecond X-ray spectroscopy and diffraction of photosystem II at room temperature, Science 2013, 340, 491–495.

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