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Photo: pdb ID 5JOM
Active site of Myoglobin with bound CO as ligand, data recorded at a X-Ray Free Electron Laser (LCLS - US).

Overview

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The group of Henrike Müller-Werkmeister is working on ultrafast structural dynamics in chemical and biochemical systems.

Our research is focused on timescales starting in the femtosecond regime, mainly by spectroscopic approaches. We are interested in fundamental photochemical processes, vibrational energy transfer, spin-crossover dynamics and structural rearrangements like bond-breaking events and how these fast processes connect to phenomena on longer timescales with particular emphasis on protein dynamics, allostery and structure function correlation. More generally, the scientific questions are driven by a curiosity to understand the physicochemical basis of biological processes using advanced experimental tools.

How is energy dissipated in large molecular systems? How are signals transduced (mechanically) in proteins? Why can an enzyme control a reaction to exactly yield one product? What are the underlying principles for controlling and steering reactions?

 

Come join us in this adventurous research at the intersection of physics, chemistry and biochemistry. 

 -> LOOKING for Bachelor, Master and PhD students <-

Our main technique is 2D-IR spectroscopy (in the lab in Golm) and we are additionally active in developing  time-resolved serial crystallography tools (in collaboration, mainly at DESY in Hamburg and Diamond/UK).