Scientific Coordinator: Thomas Jentsch

A thorough knowledge of the molecular mechanisms that govern cellular life is essential in understanding how drugs work and identifying suitable new targets for pharmaceutical intervention. The genetic modification of mice is a powerful tool for clarifying the physiological and pathological roles of individual protein targets.

We perform basic research on the physiology and cell biology of ion channels and transporters, pre- and postsynaptic membrane proteins including synaptic vesicles, G-protein coupled receptors, exo-endocytic trafficking and the permeation properties of epithelia. To investigate these processes, we employ a broad arsenal of techniques, encompassing biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, biophysics and imaging (light and electron microscopy), and the generation and analysis of transgenic mouse models.

Department Physiology and Pathology of Ion Transport  (Thomas J. Jentsch)

We study ion transport across cellular membranes using techniques of biophysics, cell and molecular biology, and genetically modified mouse models. This work has provided insights into cellular phenotypes including impaired endocytosis and lysosomal storage, and pathologoies such as deafness, epilepsy, kidney stones, etc.


Department Molecular Pharmacology and Cell Biology (Volker Haucke)

Membrane dynamics within the endocytic and endosomal system play crucial roles in cell physiology and membrane homeostasis, cell signaling and development, as well as in the functioning of the nervous system. Research in the laboratory is centered on the visualization and manipulation of the endocytic machinery and of endosomal membrane organization using a combination of biochemical, genetic, chemical, and optical imaging approaches with a particular focus on the nervous system.

Heisenberg Guest Research Group: Molecular Neuroscience and Biophysics
(Andrew Plested)

Our interest is the glutamate-gated ion channel receptors of excitatory synapses. These receptors underlie essential functions in the brain, including learning and memory. We use electrophysiology to examine receptor kinetics in cell membranes. We combine this approach with molecular and structural biology to determine the shape and composition of receptor complexes.


Emmy Noether Junior Group / Liaison Group-Neuroscience: Molecular and Theoretical Neuroscience (Alexander Walter)

Brain function relies on the communication between neurons via fast chemical transmission across synaptic contacts. Using electrophysiology and live-cell-imaging in combination with genetic and theoretical approaches our group wishes to identify the molecular principles of this incredibly well organized and highly complex process.


Junior Research Group: Synapse Biology (Noa Lipstein)

The Synapse Biology group studies the process of information transfer between neurons in the brain. We aim to identify cell biological processes that shape synaptic function, and explore the relationship between the properties of the synapse and its molecular composition. Our work provides insight into the function of the brain in physiology and in disease.




Core Facility: Cellular Imaging (Martin Lehmann)

Our group addresses questions of biological and pharmacological importance using the full repertoire of light microscopy techniques (confocal laser scanning microscopy, two-photon excitation, uncaging processes, FCS, FRAP, FRET, FLIM, cellular uptake of peptides, colocalisation studies, intracellular ion concentrations, protein translations studies, etc. in conjunction with the electron microscopic and electrophysiological techniques.


Core Facility: Cell Engineering (Ralf Schülein)

The Cell Engineering Facility uses state of the art CRISPR/Cas techniques to generate gene knock-outs and knock-ins in target cells. Please visit our homepage to get more informations. Other applications of CRISPR/Cas may be possible following consultation.


Core Facility: Animal Facility (Natali Wisbrun)

The Animal Facility takes care of all laboratory animals. Our team works with standards based on directives, conventions and guidelines (3R). We do our best to support our scientists in planning their animal experiments.


Junior Research Group: Membrane Traffic and Cell Motility (Tanja Maritzen)

Please note: Since September 2020 Tanja Maritzen holds a professorship for nanophysiology at the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern. However, she still supervises a number of group members who finish their projects at the FMP (new email contact: maritzen(at); new home page: under construction).

Tanja Maritzen`s group studies the function of adaptor proteins in endocytic sorting and endosomal membrane traffic using cell biological methods as well as mouse genetics. They are especially interested in understanding the coordinated interplay between membrane transport and cytoskeletal dynamics and its role in regulating cellular motility. 


Junior Research Group: Proteostasis in Aging and Disease (Janine Kirstein)

Please note: Since 2019 Janine Kirstein holds a professorship for cell biology in Bremen. One doctoral student and one postdoc of her group are still working at the FMP (Maria Lucia Pigazzin and Dr. Sara Ayala).

The focus of Janine Kirstein´s group is the analysis of the fold and function of proteins in a metazoan organism. They aim to uncover the complex mechanisms of the proteostasis network that is comprised of molecular chaperones and proteolytic machines, its strategies to cope with protein aggregates and its changes during development and with the progression of aging.


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