Short CV/Education and training


  • 1987 – 1989
    Studies in Biology and Chemsitry, University of Münster

  • 1989 – 1994
    Studies in Chemistry, University of Münster

  • 1997
    Dr. rer. nat. (Chemistry), University of Münster, Prof. Dr. H.-J. Galla

  • 2001
    Habilitation (Biochemistry), University of Münster

Academic Career

  • 1997 – 1998
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA

  • 1999 – 2001
    Research Associate, Institute of Biochemistry, University of Münster

  • 2001 – 2006
    Associate Professor (C3) of Biosensors and Bioanalytics, Institute of Analytics, Chemo- and Biosensors, University of Regensburg

  • Since 2006
    Full Professor (W3) of Biomolecular Chemistry, Institute of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, University of Göttingen


  • 1994 – 1996
    Ph.D. fellowship of the University of Münster

  • 1997 – 1998
    Postdoctoral fellowhip of the DFG

  • 1999 – 2001
    Lise-Meitner fellowship

Selected publications

  • Song, C., Weichbrodt, C., Salnikovc, E.S., Dynowskid, M., Forsberg, B.O., Bechinger, B., Steinem, C., de Groot, B.L., Zachariae, U., Zeth, K. (2013) Crystal structure and functional mechanism of a human antimicrobial membrane channel. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 110, 4586-4591.

  • Orth, A., Johannes, L., Römer, W., Steinem, C. (2012) Creating and modulating microdomains in pore-spanning membranes. ChemPhysChem 13, 108-114.

  • Lazzara, T. D., Carnarius, C., Kokun, M., Janshoff, A., Steinem, C. (2011) Separating attoliter-sized compartments using fluid pore-spanning lipid bilayers. ACS Nano 5, 6935-6944.

  • Lazzara, T. D., Kliesch, T.-T., Janshoff, A., Steinem, C. (2011) Orthogonal functionalization of nanoporous substrates: control of 3D surface functionality. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 3, 1068-1076.

  • Bosk, S., Braunger, J., Gerke, V., Steinem, C. (2011) Activation of F-actin binding capacity of ezrin: synergism of PIP2 interaction and phosphorylation. Biophys. J. 100, 1708-1717.

  • Höfer, I., Steinem, C. (2011) A membrane fusion assay based on pore-spanning membranes. Soft Matter 7, 1644-1647.

  • Bernecker, A., Wieneke, R., Riedel, R., Seibt, M., Geyer, A., Steinem, C. (2010) Tailored synthetic polyamines for controlled biomimetic silica formation. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132, 1023-1031.

  • Windschiegl, B., Orth, A., Römer, W., Berland, L., Stechmann, B., Bassereau, P., Johannes, L., Steinem, C. (2009) Lipid reorganization induced by shiga toxin clustering on planar membranes. PLoS ONE 4, e6238.

  • Gaßmann, O., Kreir, M., Ambrosi, C., Pranskevich, J., Oshima, A., Röling, C., Sosinsky, G., Fertig, N., Steinem, C. (2009) The mutant of connexin26 reveals conductance states in pore-suspending membranes. J. Struct. Biol. 168, 168-176.

  • Römer, W., Steinem, C. (2004) Impedance analysis and single-channel recordings on nano-black lipid membranes based on porous alumina. Biophys. J. 86, 955-965.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • SFB 803, Teilprojekt A01: Der Einfluss nicht-kovalenter Wechselwirkungen auf die Einbettung, Organisation und Dynamik von Peptidhelices in Lipidmembranen

  • SFB 803, Teilprojekt A05: Maßgeschneiderte Glykosphingolipide als Werkzeug zu Visualisierung von Domänenbildung und Lipid-Protein-Wechselwirkungen

  • SFB 803, Teilprojekt B04: Membranfusion untersucht mit Hilfe von porenüber-spannenden Lipiddoppelschichten

  • DFG-Projekt: Quantitative Analyse der Ezrin-Aktin Wechselwirkung an Membranen

  • BMBF-Projekt: Connexone in künstlichen Lipid-membranen auf mikrostrukturierten Substraten für elektrische Messungen an Zellen, Teilvorhaben: Elektrische Kopplung von Zellen an porenüber-spannende Connexon-dotierte Lipidmembranen.

  • VW-Stiftung: Learning from diatoms: new synthetic concepts for the formation of highly ordered silica structures at ambient conditions

  • DFG-Projekt: Untersuchung der Aktivität von Transmembranproteinen in porenüberspannenden Lipidmembranen

  • DFG-Projekt: Kartierung der elastischen Eigenschaften von freitragenden artifiziellen und biologischen Membranen auf porösen Substraten

Membership in scientific bodies/juries


  • Biopyhiscal Journal, Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology

Advisory Boards:

  • Vice-Chair of the German Biophysics Society

Other activities:

  • Coordinator of the DFG Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 803

  • Member of the Göttingen Center for Molecular Biosciences (GZMB)

  • Program Committee member of the IMPRS-PBCS graduate school


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