Peter Hegemann, born December 11, 1954, Münster, Germany, Prof. Dr., Professor, Head of experimental biophysics, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
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Current research interests
My group studies the photobiology of green algae including phototaxis and developmental processes. We are expecting to improve reverse genetics and structure function analysis of photoreceptors by establishing nuclear gene targeting in these lower plants. We are especially interested in unusual sensory photoreceptors including channelrhodopsins, enzyme rhodopsins, and flavin-based photoreceptors using electrophysiology, protein structure function analysis time resolved spectroscopy for the analysis. We work on photoreceptor design and engineering for optogenetic applications.