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Prof. Hermann Gaub



Professor, Faculty of Physics, LMU.


Education: Dr. Gaub studied physics in Ulm and Munich and completed his PhD in 1984 at the TU Munich with the investigation of scaling concepts in two-dimensional polymers. He then went to Stanford and explored antigen presentation in the immunological synapse. Back in Munich as an associate professor, he pioneered the use of atomic force microscopy for the study of mechanical properties of single molecules.  His investigations have had a significant impact on our view of the role of mechanical forces in biology.  His lab was the first to measure the interaction forces between individual ligand-receptor systems and to provide a detailed view of their binding potentials and unbinding forces. Having taken over the chair for Applied Physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in 1995, he invented single molecule force spectroscopy techniques and applied them to the study of biopolymers.


Interests: His group was the first to explore the unique mechanical properties of single proteins. In addition to these fundamental developments, his lab used the single molecule AFM approach to engineer the first man-made single molecule motor and to pioneer single molecule cut-and-paste technology. Hermann Gaub is co-founder and director of several institutions amongst them the Center for NanoScience Munich. He has received multiple honors such as the Max Planck Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Langmuir Lecture Award of the American Chemical Society. He holds an adjunct professorship at the Jilin University and is a member of several institutions and academies including the German National Academy.


Role in CellulosomePlus: investigate cellulosomal interactions using single molecule force spectroscopy (leader of WP 6). 


Dr. Michael A. Nash


Research Fellow, LMU.


Education:  Dr. Nash received a B.S. with highest honors in Cybernetics from the University of California Los Angeles in 2006, and a PhD in Bioengineering and Nanotechnology from the University of Washington-Seattle in 2010. He received postdoctoral training in 2011/12 at the Chair for Applied Biophysics at Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich. Since May 2013, Dr. Nash has been working as an independently-funded Group Leader in the Department of Physics and Center for Nanoscience at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich. Dr. Nash has received several national and international competitive awards, including fellowships from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and from Society in Science – The Branco Weiss Fellowship program based at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich.


Interests: His areas of research interest include nanobiotechnology, protein engineering, single-molecule biophysics, biomaterials, and biosensing.   


Role in CellulosomePlus: investigate cellulosomal interactions using single molecule force spectroscopy (leader of WP 6). 


European Union
Weizmann Institute of Science
Ludwig-Maximilians Universitat München
University of Limerick
Designer Energy

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