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Univ.- Prof. Dr. Kerstin Blank

Curriculum Vitae

Education and scientific career

Head of the Department Biomolecular & Selforganizing matter

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam
Max Planck Research Group Leader

Radboud University Nijmegen, Institute for Molecules and Materials, Department of Molecular Materials (Prof. Dr. Alan E. Rowan)
Assistant professor (tenured)

Oregon State University (Corvallis), Department of Physics, Nanoelectronics group (Prof. Dr. Ethan D. Minot)
Visiting professor

Radboud University Nijmegen, Institute for Molecules and Materials, Department of Molecular Materials (Prof. Dr. Alan E. Rowan)
Assistant professor (tenure track)

University of Leuven, Department of Chemistry, Molecular and Nanomaterials (Prof. Dr. Johan Hofkens)
Postdoctoral research associate

University of Strasbourg, Institut de Science et d'Ingénierie Supramoléculaires, Laboratory for Biological Chemistry (Prof. Dr. Andrew D. Griffiths)
Postdoctoral research associate

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Department of Physics, Applied Physics & Center for NanoScience (Prof. Dr. Hermann E. Gaub)
Postdoctoral research associate

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Department of Physics, Applied Physics & Center for NanoScience (Prof. Dr. Hermann E. Gaub)
PhD thesis
title: Molecular force sensors – design, characterization and applications

nanotype GmbH
Group leader and project manager “protein biochips”

University of Zurich, Institute for Biochemistry (Prof. Dr. Andreas Plückthun)
Diploma thesis
title: Protein engineering of antibody scFv-fragments as ligands for affinity chromatography

University of Applied Sciences Jena, Department of Medical Engineering & Biotechnology
Degree in Biotechnology (Dipl.-Ing. FH)

University of Würzburg, Department of Botany and Institute for Hygiene & Microbiology
Training as laboratory assistant

Awards & Fellowships

VIDI grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
“Single molecule enzymology“


Long-term fellowship from the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO)
“Analysis of the evolution of enzyme conformations during directed in vitro evolution”

Long-term fellowship from the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS)
“Use of microfluidics to evolve new enzymes: creation of biocatalysts optimised for biofuel cells and biosensors”

Fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

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Forschungsergebnisse & Publikationen