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We are MIBE Speaker Series: Prof. Friedrich Simmel & Prof. Hendrik Dietz

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At each event, two Principal Investigators (PIs) of MIBE working in related research areas will provide exciting insights into their research. After the talks which take around 90 minutes, there is plenty of time for networking. 

Prof. Dr. Friedrich Simmel: 
From nucleic acid nanotechnology to synthetic gene circuits
Prof. Dr. Hendrik Dietz: Virus traps and other molecular machines of the future

Date and Time:  Wednesday, October 19th, 4:15 pm – around 6:00 pm, afterwards networking
Place: MIBE lecture hall (room E.126), Boltzmannstraße 11, 85748 Garching and zoom


About the Speakers

Prof. Dr. Friedrich Simmel

The research conducted by Prof. Simmel revolves around bionanotechnology and the physics of synthetic biological systems. His particular areas of interest include artificial molecular machines and nanostructures composed of DNA molecules and the design of artificial biochemical circuits.
After studying physics and completing his doctorate (1999) at Munich’s Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU), he did research work at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ, USA. He returned to LMU in 2002 to work in a junior research group sponsored by the German Research Foundation’s Emmy Noether program. In 2005, Prof. Simmel qualified as a lecturer in experimental physics at LMU. He has been Chair of Experimental Physics (Physics of Synthetic Biological Systems) at TUM since 2007. Since 2013, Prof. Simmel has been a member of acatech - the National Academy of Science and Engineering.

Prof. Dr. Hendrik Dietz

Inspired by the rich functionalities of natural macromolecular assemblies such as enzymes, molecular motors, and viruses, Dietz investigates how to build increasingly complex molecular structures. The goal is to build molecular devices and machines that can execute user-defined tasks. Molecular self-assembly with DNA is one of the main routes currently pursued toward achieving this goal. DNA origami in particular enables building nanodevices that can already be employed for making new discoveries in biomolecular physics and protein science. In the long term Professor Dietz hopes to make a significant contribution to the creation of a molecular machines and systems with practical benefits for everyday life. This includes uses in medicine – for diagnosis and therapy – and synthetic enzymes for biologically inspired chemistry.
Prof. Dietz studied physics in Paderborn, Saragossa (Spain) and at the LMU Munich. After completing his doctorate at TUM (2007), he worked at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA. Dietz has been a professor of Experimental Biophysics at TUM since 2009.

Further Information

In Person Participation 
For in person participation the Corona regulations of TUM valid at the time of the talks apply. Wearing a mask and keeping distance is highly recommended. 

There will be a live-stream for this event via zoom. 

Zoom details:  Topic: We are MIBE Speaker Series, Link: https://tum-conf.zoom.us/j/64853899155, Meeting-ID: 648 5389 9155, Passcode: waMIBE2223

Recognition Qualification Program for Doctoral Candidates
If you're doing your doctorate within the field of biomedical engineering, regular participation in the speaker series can be counted towards subject-specific qualification in DocGS. Find more information and the registration form here. 

Further talks in this series in winter term 2022/2023

Wednesday, 09.11.2022, 16:15 pm: 
Prof. Dr. Julia Herzen 
Prof. Dr. Franz Schilling 

Wednesday, 07.12.2022, 16:15 pm:
Prof. Dr. Cristina Piazza 
Prof. Dr. Gordon Cheng 

Wednesday, 25.01.2023, 16:15 pm:
Prof. Dr. Ruben Portugues 
Prof. Dr. Julijana Gjorgjieva