Short CV/Education and training

  • 1980
    Abitur (A-levels) Gymnasium (grammar school), Schwalbach, Germany

  • 1981 – 1988
    Studied biology toward the Diplom degree at Mainz University, Germany

  • 1988 – 1990
    Doctoral studies, Mainz University

  • 1990 – 1996
    Research associate at Mainz University

  • 1996
    Postdoc, Biological Research Centre, Szeged, Hungary

  • 1996 – 1998
    Federation of the Societies of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (FEBS) Fellowship, visiting researcher at Imperial College, London, UK

  • 1998 – 2000
    Research Associate at Imperial College, London, UK

  • 2000 – 2004
    Heisenberg Fellowship, Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

  • Since 2004
    Professor at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

Selected publications

  • Büchel, C. et al.: Photoassembly of the manganese cluster and oxygen evolution from monomeric and dimeric CP47-reaction center photosystem II complexes. In: Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 96, 1999. pp. 14288-14293.

  • Büchel, C. et al.: Localisation of the psbH-subunit in photosystem II – a new approach using labelling of His-tags with a Ni2+-NTA-goldcluster and single particle analysis. In: J. Mol. Biol. 312, 2001. pp. 371-379.

  • Beer, A. et al.: Subunit composition and pigmentation of fucoxanthin-chlorophyll proteins in diatoms: Evidence for a subunit involved in diadinoxanthin and diatoxanthin binding. In: Biochemistry 45, 2006. pp. 13046-13053.

  • Gundermann, K., Büchel, C.: The fluorescence yield of the trimeric fucoxanthin-chlorophyll-protein FCPa in the diatom Cyclotella meneghiniana is dependent on the amount of bound diatoxanthin. In: Photosynth. Res. 95, 2008. pp. 229-235.

  • Büchel, C. et al.: Identification of a specific fucoxanthin-chlorophyll protein, Fcp4, in the light harvesting complex of photosystem I in the diatom Cyclotella meneghiniana. In: Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1787, 2009. pp. 905-912.

  • Büchel, C. et al.: Carotenoid Structures and Environments in Trimeric and Oligomeric Fucoxanthin Chlorophyll a/c2 Proteins from Resonance Raman Spectroscopy. In: J. Phys. Chem. B 113, 2009. pp. 12565-12574.

Selected projects

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Unit: Specific Light-Driven Reactions in Unicellular Model Algae

  • DFG project: Functional characterisation of different fucoxanthin chlorophyll proteins (FCP) in diatoms

  • EU project HARVEST: Control of Light Use Efficiency in Plants and Algae – From Light to Harvest

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the departmental council

  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): Committee for awarding doctoral fellowships

  • Vice dean, 2010 – 2011

  • Deputy Ombudsman for dealing with scientific misconduct, Goethe University Frankfurt, since 2009

  • Dean of Studies, 2008 – 2010


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