Short CV/Education and training

  • 1996 – 2000
    "Biotechnology" at University of Applied Sciences, Jena/Germany

  • 1999 – 2000
    Diploma thesis, University of Zurich, Institute for Biochemistry, Zurich/Switzerland

  • 2001 – 2003
    Group leader and project manager, nanotype GmbH, Munich/Germany

  • 2003 – 2006
    PhD thesis, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Department of Physics & Center for NanoScience, München/Germany

  • 2007 – 2007
    Postdoctoral research associate, Université de Strasbourg, Institut de Science et d'Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS), Strasbourg/France

  • 2007 – 2008
    Postdoctoral research associate, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Department of Chemistry, Leuven/Belgium

  • 2009 – 2014
    Assistant professor, Radboud Universiteit, Institute for Molecules and Materials, Nijmegen/The Netherlands

  • Since 2014
    Reseach group leader, Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam/Deutschland

Selected publications

  • S. Mandal, Z. H. Eksteen-Akeroyd, M. J. Jacobs, R. Hammink, M. Koepf, A. Lambeck, C. Wilson, K. Blank, C. Figdor, A. E. Rowan (2013) Therapeutic Nanoworms; Towards Novel Synthetic Dendritic Cells for Immunotherapy. Chemical Science 4:4168-4174

  • A. M. van Buul, E. Schwartz, P. Brocorens, M. Koepf, D. Beljonne, J. C. Maan, P. C. M. Christianen, P. H. J. Kouwer, R. J. M. Nolte, H. Engelkamp, K. Blank, A. E. Rowan (2013) Stiffness versus architecture of single helical polyisocyanopeptides. Chemical Science 4:2357-2363

  • T. G. Terentyeva, H. Engelkamp, T. Komatsuzaki, A. E. Rowan, J. Hofkens, C.-B. Li, K. Blank (2012) Dynamic Disorder in Single Enzyme Experiments: Facts and Artifacts. ACS Nano 6:346-354

  • I. J. Minten, V. I. Claessen, K. Blank, A. E. Rowan,, R. J. M. Nolte, J. J. L. M. Cornelissen (2011) Catalytic capsids: the art of confinement. Chemical Science 2:358-362

  • J. L. Zimmermann, T. Nicolaus, G. Neuert, K. Blank (2010) Thiol-based, site-specific and covalent immobilization of biomolecules for single molecule experiments. Nature Protocols 5:975-985

  • H. Gumpp, E. M. Puchner, J. L. Zimmermann, U. Gerland, H. E. Gaub, K. Blank (2009) Triggering enzymatic activity with force. Nano Letters 9:3290-3295

  • K. Blank, T. Mai, I. Gilbert, S. Schiffmann, J. Rankl, R. Zivin, C. Tackney, T. Nicolaus, K. Spinnler, F. Oesterhelt, M. Benoit, H. Clausen-Schaumann, H. E. Gaub (2003) A force-based protein biochip. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 100:11356-11360

  • C. Albrecht, K. Blank, M. Lalic-Mülthaler, S. Hirler, T. Mai, I. Gilbert, S. Schiffmann, T. Bayer, H. Clausen-Schaumann, H. E. Gaub (2003) DNA: a programmable force sensor. Science 301:367-370

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • VIDI grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) "Single molecule enzymology"

  • Young Investigator Grant from the International Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) "Nano-electronic biosensors: novel tools to watch individual enzymes at work"

  • Grant from the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM) "Single Molecule Mechanobiochemistry"

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Professional Organizations:

  • Protein Society

  • American Biophysical Society

  • Dutch Society for Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering

  • German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM)

  • German Society for Biophysics (DGfB)

  • German Physical Society (DPG)

Jury member:

  • NWO VENI committee 2011, 2012

  • Appointment committee for 3 tenure track positions, RU Nijmegen

  • Exam committee of 8 PhD students at KU Leuven and RU Nijmegen

Additional qualifications

  • Academic leadership (RU Nijmegen)

  • "Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs" (teaching qualification, RU Nijmegen)

  • Mentoring program for talented female scientists (RU Nijmegen)

  • Professional training: Project management (IHK München)

  • Professional training: Intellectual property management (LMU München)


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