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Collaboration Networks and Funding

Current Funding

2019-2022: DFG SPP1926 Next Generation Optogenetics cluster project High-performance photoswitches for biology (with K. Lang & M. Sumser).

2018-: DFG Emmy Noether group, Chemical approaches for characterising and controlling physiological microtubule composition and dynamics.

2018-2022: DFG SFB152 “TRiPs to Homeostasis” cluster project P24, Photoresponsive reagents for modulating TRP channel function.

2019-2022: BMBF GO-Bio grant: Tumour Targeting of Nanoparticles (NanoCapture project). Previously supported by BMBF Innovation Biotechnologie Expansion grant (2017 – 2019) and Proof of Concept grant (2016 – 2017).

2017-2024: DFG SFB1032 "Nanoagents for Spatiotemporal Control" cluster project B09, Photoswitchable reagents for control of biological function.

Reagent Development

As of January 2021, our photoswitchable microtubule inhibitor reagents (PST, SBTub, AzTax famillies) have been delivered to around 160 research groups around the world for applications in embryonic development, cell biology, and neuroscience. The SBTub series is particularly succeeding for animal applications (fish, fly, worm, etc) due to its metabolic robustness and since GFP-imaging does not interfere with its photoisomer patterning.

Completed Grants

2020: The LMUExcellent Junior Researcher Fund supported our Probes for Redox Biology research programme.
2017-2020: BMWi EXIST-FT grant: Photopharmaceuticals for Cancer Therapy (microtubule inhibitors; CytoSwitch project). Previously supported by the Bavarian FLÜGGE program (2016-2017).