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The RTG focuses on the characterization of transport processes at a molecular level and the interaction of transport proteins with membranes. This highly challenging research field has a strong medical impact and the perspective of future growth. The aim of the RTG is to excellently qualify doctoral researchers by providing cutting-edge education and by strengthening interdisciplinary research in the field of ‘Transport across and into membranes’. The availability of manifold techniques within the RTG creates an excellent platform that enables doctoral researchers to acquire a broad spectrum of unique skills, providing them a wide selective advantage within the competitive job-market for scientists.


P1 Unusual ammonium transporters

Principal investigator: Susana Andrade

P2 Import and export and secondary metabolite production

Principal investigator: Andreas Bechthold

P3 Novel factors involved in transport of proteins to respiratory chain complexes

Principal investigator: Thomas Becker

P4 Structure and function of secondary transport proteins

Principal investigator: Oliver Einsle

P5 Proton translocation by respiratory complex I

Principal investigator: Thorsten Friedrich 

P6 The role of the lipid matrix for membrane transport

Principal investigator: Heiko Heerklotz

P7 The role of structural lipids for proton translocation by respiratory complexes

Principal investigator: Carola Hunte

P8 Cellular mechanisms of copper transport and delivery to cytochrome oxidase

Principal investigator: Hans-Georg Koch

P9 Unterstanding transport through ion channels by molecular dynamics simulations and thermodynamic integration

Principal investigator: Thorsten Koslowski

P10 Protein transport across and into the mitochondrial outer membrane

Principal investigator: Chris Meisinger

P11 Studying pore formation in lipid bilayers induced by the P. aeruginosa lectin LecA

Principal investigator: Winfried Römer

P12 Stoichiometry of heteromeric assemblies across TRP channel families

Principal investigator: Maximilian Ulbrich

P13 Protein transport across and into peroxisomal membranes

Principal investigator: Bettina Warscheid


Projects of Associated Members


Structural Bioinformatics: Modelling of transport processes

Principal investigator: Stefan Günther

The unknown cellular gates: managing traffic through bacterial membrane transporters

Principal investigator: Claudia Jessen-Trefzer