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Georg Nagel

Georg Nagel

Georg Nagel, born August 24, 1953, Weingarten, Germany, Professor, Dr. phil., Full professor at University of Würzburg, German.

Honors and awards

  • 2013 Louis Jeantet Prize
  • 2012 Klaus Joachim Zülch-Preis 
  • 2010 Karl-Heinz-Beckurts-Preis
  • 2010 Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences
  • (1988-1989) James Hudson Brown – Alexander B. Coxe Fellowship of Yale University

Current research interests

My research deals with natural photoreceptors, especially channelrhodopsins and other rhodopsins but also flavoproteins. We characterize membrane transport with electrophysiology and biophysical techniques. The investigated flavoproteins are Light-activated adenylyl cyclases which we study in-vivo (i.e. in living cells or organisms) and in-vitro (after heterologous expression and protein purification). We like to cooperate with physiologists who use these photoreceptors as tools to modulate cellular function by visible light (optogenetics). For this purpose we also mutate and engineer existing natural photoreceptors to award them novel functions. Currently we are also working on generating channelrhodopsin- or foreign-flavoprotein-expressing plants to study signalling in plant cells (“green optogenetics”).