Andrew Plested
Heisenberg Professor of Cellular Biophysics, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
andrew.plested [at]

Lab Address (Buch):
Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie
Room A206
Robert-Rössle-Straße 10
D-13125 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0) 30 94793-245

Office Address (Mitte):
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Institute of Biology, Cellular Biophysics
Invalidenstraße 42,
Mittelbau, Room 109
D-10115 Berlin
Tel: +49 (0) 30 2093 8493

Students seeking an appointment, please use HU Moodle.

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HiWi wanted!

The Plested lab is urgently seeking a HiWi to assist our molecular biology efforts. Please contact Andrew Plested or Marcus Wietstruk ( ) for more details about the position. Posted 200814

Molecular Neuroscience and Biophysics (Andrew Plested)

In the Plested lab, we are interested in ion channel receptors and fast signalling in the nervous system. Receptors that are found at synapses between nerve cells have formed the backbone of our research for some years. The activation of these complex macromolecular machines is triggered by neurotransmitters in a fraction of a second. Our objective is to understand the relationship between the molecular structure of a given receptor (its shape) and its activity (what it does). More recently, we have become interested in the relation between receptor properties and synaptic signalling. 

We are members of the Humboldt University Institute for Biology, the NeuroCure Cluster of Excellence, and the Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP). Our laboratories are located in the Marthe-Vogt-Haus (Haus 81) at the Campus Berlin Buch. If you would like to contact us, please write to the email address on the right.

Latest News

05.10.21 Nico and Andrew wrote a review about slow AMPA channels for the Journal of Physiology to accompany the symposium Glutamate Receptors: Structure, Function and Dysfunction. Many thanks to Derek Bowie and David Wyllie for organizing this stimulating online symposium. Link to the review: Slow excitatory synaptic currents generated by AMPA receptors

03.09.21 We are pleased to welcome new postdoc Sara Bertelli to the lab. Sara will work within on the DynIon consortium to investigate AMPA receptor permeation and modulation. Sara continues the proud and unbroken line of Italian members of the Plested lab. 

03.08.21 Nico's study of slow AMPA currents, postsynaptic STP and the diversity of synapses in CA1 region of the hippocampus is finally published. Slow AMPA receptors in hippocampal principal cells. Congrats to Nic and also to Anna and Irene who contributed so much to this project in its early days. 

02.06.21 Two very interesting papers concerning hippocampal AMPA receptors have been published in Nature (from the Gouaux and Greger labs), and Andrew wrote the News and Views. Glutamate Receptor complexes open up and reveal their molecular dialect

01.06.21 The Plested lab has a new technician! We are very glad to welcome Miriam Lohr, an HU alumna, to join our team! 


Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie im Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. (FMP)
Campus Berlin-Buch
Robert-Roessle-Str. 10
13125 Berlin, Germany
+4930 94793 - 100 
+4930 94793 - 109 (Fax)

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