The fusion of synaptic vesicles with the pre-synaptic plasma membrane (neuronal exocytosis) is a key process for neurotransmitter release at the neuronal synapse. We develop and implement advanced solution and proton-detected solid-state NMR methods to study the three-dimensional structure and dynamics of membrane proteins and intrinsically disordered proteins involved in neuronal exocytosis. Proteins are embedded in a lipid bilayer environment and studied at physiological temperatures.
We have several openings for bachelor or master thesis projects in the subject area of molecular biophysics and/or structural neurobiology, with different topics in:
1. Structure, dynamics and lipid interactions of membrane proteins involved in neuronal exocytosis.
2. Methods development in solution and solid-state NMR.
3. Internal and conformational dynamics of intrinsically disordered proteins.
4. Molecular recognition and dynamic conformational transitions of viral fusion proteins.
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