Human-induced climate change is one of the greatest challenges of the still young century. We are a team of scientists who agree that we should dedicate our basic research to combat it. Therefore, the Schuller Lab focuses its research on two main questions: How can bacteria fix the greenhouse gas CO2 and how do they respond to changing environmental inputs. 

Our laboratory specializes in cryoEM single particle analysis. This method enables us not only to determine high-resolution structures of membrane-bound multiprotein complexes, but also to uncover their molecular dynamics. We believe that determining the structure of a bioenergetic machine is the key to understanding its function and creating a roadmap for its manipulation. 

Bacterial biochemical pathways hold a wealth of opportunities for synthetic biology approaches that could be used to create improved microbes for the production of chemical compounds, to generate solar fuels and to sequester CO2 to combat global warming. 

We are located on the Lahnberge in the historic city of Marburg. We are part of the SYNMIKRO research centre, a cooperation between Philipps University and the nearby Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology. 

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Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Price

11. March 2021

Jan has been awarded the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Price of the DFG. The most prestigious young scientist award in Germany. We are very happy and honoured and promise to keep up the good work. 

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