Short CV/Education and training

  • 1998
    Diplom degree in physics, Technical University (TU) of Munich, Germany

  • 2001
    Doctorate, TU Munich

  • 2001 – 2004
    Postdoctoral research, Columbia University, New York, USA

  • 2004
    Emmy Noether junior research group at the Centre for Nanoscience, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany

  • Since 2004
    Professor at the Institute for Molecular Cell Biology, University of Münster, Germany

  • Since 2006
    Co-opted member of the Department of Physics, University of Münster

  • Since 2011
    Professor of physics, University of Cologne, Germany

Selected publications

  • Holz, C. et al.: Multiple pilus motors cooperate for persistent bacterial movement in two dimensions. In: Phys.Rev.Lett 104(17), 178104.

  • Stingl, K. et al.: Composite system mediates two-step DNA uptake into Helicobacter pylori. In: Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 107(3), 2010. S. 1184-1189.

  • Holz, C. et al.: Bacterial motility and clustering guided by microcontact printing. In: Nano Lett. 9(12), 2009. S. 4553-4557.

  • Strassert, C.A. et al.: A trifunctional zeolite L based photoactive material for targeting, labeling and killing antibiotic resistant bacteria. In: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 48(42), 2009. S. 7928-7931.

  • Allemand, J.-F., Maier, B.: Bacterial translocation motors investigated by single molecule techniques. In: FEMS Mircobiol. Rev. 33(3), 2009. S. 593-610.

  • Leisner, M. et al.: Stochastic switching to competence. In: Curr. Opin. Microbiol. 11(6), 2008. S. 553-559.

  • Leisner, M. et al.: Basal expression rate of comK sets a 'switching window' into the K-state of Bacillus subtilis. In: Mol. Microbiol. 63(6), 2007. S. 1806-1816.


Selected projects

  • Bacterial gene transfer studied at the single molecule level (German Research Foundation DFG)

  • Molecular mechanism of high force generation by bacterial pili (DFG)

  • A real-time approach to bistability of bacterial competence development (DFG)

  • Mechanical manipulation of the epithelial cytoskeleton by type IV pili (Collaborative Research Centre SFB 629)

  • Dynamics of Neisseria gonorrhoeae on defined spatial structures (DFG Research Training Group GRK 1409)

  • Cooperative interactions of molecular rotational motor complexes (Transfer Projects SFB: Transregio TRR 61)

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