Ernst Bamberg

Ernst Bamberg

Ernst Bamberg, born November 09, 1940 Professor, Head of the Dept. of Biophysical Chemistry and Director at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Honours and awards

  • 2012 K.-J. Zülch Prize for basic Neuroscience
  • 2011 Member of the Leopoldina National Academy of Sciences
  • 2010 Karl Heinz Beckurts Prize for technical innovation
  • 2010 Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences
  • 2009  Wissenschaftspreis des Stifterverbands für die Deutsche Wissenschaft
  • 1987 Boris Rajewsky  Prize for Biophysics

Current research interests

Functional analysis of membrane proteins with biophysical methods as  electrophysiology, spectroscopy and structural methods  for deeper understanding of the molecular mechanism of these proteins. The focus lies on microbial rhodopsins, the light gated ion channels (channelrhodopsins) and the light driven ion pumps, which are used  as optogenetic tools for the light control of electrically excitable cells. Goal of these studies is the development of improved tools with respect to light sensitivity, speed and ion selectivity in order to make them  more applicable to the brain.  Within an international consortium the  “new” rhodopsins are used for the recovery of vision on blind animals with a biomedical perspective.