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Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Friedrich Simmel

Technische Universität München

Lehrstuhl für Physik Synthetischer Biosysteme (E14) - (Prof. Simmel)


Am Coulombwall 4a
85748 Garching b. München

Scientific career

1999                PhD, Experimental Physics, LMU München
2000 - 2002     Postdoctoral researcher at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, USA
2002 - 2007     Emmy Noether group leader at the Department of Physics, LMU München
2005                Habilitation, Experimental Physics, LMU München
2005 - 2006      Substitute professor (W2) for Physical Chemistry, LMU München
2006 - 2007      Senior lecturer at the Department of Physics, LMU München
2007 - today     Full professor (W3) for Experimental Physics, TU München
2010 - today     co-Coordinator of the Cluster of Excellence Nanosystems Intiative Munich

Awards & Memberships

2006    Human frontier science program (HFSP) young investigator award
2009    Vice President of the International Society of Nanoscale Science, Computation and Engineering (ISNSCE)
2010    President of the International Society of Nanoscale Science, Computation and Engineering (ISNSCE)
2013    Elected Member of the National Academy of Science and Technology (acatech)
2016    ERC Advanced Grant
2016    Rozenberg Tulip Award in DNA Computing


Most important scientific publications

see also

G. Pardatscher, D. Bracha, O. Vonshak, S. S. Daube, F. C. Simmel, R. H. Bar-Ziv, DNA condensation in one dimension, Nature Nanotechnology (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2016.142

M. Weitz,  J. Kim, K. Kapsner, E. Winfree, E. Franco, F. C. Simmel, Diversity in the dynamical behaviour of a compartmentalized programmable biochemical oscillator, Nature Chemistry 6, 295-302 (2014).

M. Langecker, V. Arnaut, T. G. Martin, J.List, S. Renner, M. Mayer, H. Dietz, F. C. Simmel, Synthetic lipid membrane channels formed by designed DNA nanostructures, Science 338, 932-936 (2012).

A. Kuzyk, R. Schreiber, Z. Fan, A. Högele, F. C. Simmel, A. Govorov, T. Liedl,  Chiral Plasmonic Nanostructures Self-assembled by DNA Origami Show Strong Circular Dichroism in the Visible, Nature 483, 311-314 (2012).

E. Franco, E. Friedrichs, J. Kim, R. Jungmann, R. Murray, E. Winfree, F. C. Simmel, Timing molecular production and motion with a synthetic transcriptional clock, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 108, E784-E793 (2011).

R. Jungmann, C. Steinhauer, M. Scheible, A. Kuzyk, P. Tinnefeld, F. C. Simmel,Single-molecule kinetics and super-resolution microscopy by fluorescence imaging of transient binding on DNA origami, Nano Letters 10, 4756-4761 (2010).

C. Steinhauer, R. Jungmann, T. Sobey, F. C. Simmel, P. Tinnefeld, DNA Origami as a Nanoscopic Ruler for Super-Resolution Microscopy, Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. 48, 8870-8873(2009).

T. Liedl, M. Olapinski and F. C. Simmel, A surface-bound DNA switch driven by a chemical oscillator, Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. 45, 5007-5010 (2006).

T. Liedl and F. C. Simmel, Switching the conformation of a DNA molecule with a chemical oscillator, Nano Letters 5, 1894-1898 (2005).

W. U. Dittmer, A. Reuter and F. C. Simmel, A DNA-based machine that can cyclically bind and release thrombin, Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. 43, 3550-3553 (2004).

W. U. Dittmer and F. C. Simmel, Transcriptional control of DNA-based nanomachines, Nano Letters 4, 689-691 (2004).

A. J. Turberfield, J. C. Mitchell, B. Yurke, A. P. Mills Jr., M. I. Blakey and F. C. Simmel, DNA fuel for free-running nanomachines, Physical Review Letters 90, 118102 (2003).

B. Yurke, A. J. Turberfield, A. P. Mills Jr, F. C. Simmel and J. L. Neumann,
A DNA-fuelled molecular machine made of DNA, Nature 406, 605-608 (2000).