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Peter Hegemann

Peter Hegemann (PI; Humboldt University Berlin)


Project(s) involved: Baier/Elstner/Hegemann/Schneider

Project(s) involved: Hegemann/Rost


Curriculum vitae Peter Hegemann

Date/place of birth     Dec. 12, 1954 - Münster, Germany

Affiliation                   Department of Biology, HU Berlin, Invalidenstraße 42, 10115, Berlin

Telephone                  +49 (0) 30 20938681

Fax                              +49 (0) 30 20938585




Scientific vita

>2016                         Hertie Professor for Neuroscience, HU Berlin

2004-2015                  C4/W3-Professor of Experimental Biophysics, HU Berlin

1993-2004                  Professor of Biochemistry, Univ. Regensburg

1992                           Habilitation for Biochemistry, LMU Munich

1986-1992                  Research Group at the MPI for Biochemistry, Martinsried

1985-1986                  PostDoc with Kenneth W. Foster at the Physics Dept., Syracuse Univ., NY, USA

1980-1984                  PhD under supervision of Prof. Dieter Oesterhelt, MPI, Martinsried

1975-1980       Chemistry studies at Univ. Münster and LMU München, Diploma: 1980


Research fields

Molecular photobiology: Blue-light receptors, unusual rhodopsins, algal physiology, Optogentics, vectorial catalysis


Awards (selection)

2016                Honorary Bonhöffer Lecture Göttingen

2016                Hector Science Award and Hector Fellow, 2016

2015                Science Prize of the Berlin Mayor   

2015                Honorary Professorship of Nangjing University of Science and Technology

2014                Member of the Akademie der Technikwissenschaften (acatech)

2014                Member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO)

2013                “Brain Prize” of the G. Lundbeck European Brain Research Foundation, Kopenhagen

2013                Louis-Jeantet Award, Geneva

2013                Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

2013                Member of the Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften Leopoldina

2012                Zülch Preis for Fundamental Advances in Neurobiology, Cologne

2010                Wiley Prize for Biomedical Innovation, New York

2010                Karl Heinz Beckurts-Preis, for basic research and application, München


Received offers of full professorships

2012                Professorship at the IST Austria, Kloster Neuburg near Vienna

1998                Full Professorship of Plant Molecular Biology, U Aarhus, Denmark

1994                C4-Professorship of Biochemistry, U Rostock



Organizational activities (selection)

2016:               Organizer: 17. Intern. Conf. on Retinal Proteins (ICRP), Potsdam

2014/ 2016      Coorganizer: Genetic Manipulation of Neural Activity, HHMI

Janelia Farm, Ashburn, VA, USA

2012                Organizer of a „Dahlem Conference about Optogenetics“, Free University Berlin

2012                Coorganzier of the „15th intenational conference of the Cell and Molecular Biology of Chlamydomonas“ in Berlin



Five Recent Publications

Stierl, M., Stumpf, P., Udwari, D., Gueta, R., Hagedorn, R., Losi, A., Gärtner, W., Petereit, L., Efetova, M., Schwarzel, M., Oertner, T.G., Nagel, G., and Hegemann, P. (2011) Light-modulation of cellular cAMP by a small bacterial photoactivated adenylyl cyclase, bPAC, J. Biol. Chem. 286: 1181-1188.

Yizhar, O., Fenno, L.E., Prigge, M., Schneider, F., Davidson, T.J., O’Shea, D.J., Sohal, V.S., Goshen, I., Finkelstein, J., Paz, J., Stehfest, K., Fudim, R., Ramakrishnan, C.,  Huguenard, J., Hegemann, P.*, and  Deisseroth, K.*  (2011) Neocortical excitation/inhibition balance in information processing and social dysfunction. Nature 477,171-178.

Zhang, F., Vierock, J., Yizhar, O., Fenno, L., Tsunoda, S., Kianian­momeni, A., Prigge, M., Berndt, A., Cushman, J., Polle, J., Magnuson, J., Hegemann, P., and  Deisseroth, K. (2011) The microbial opsin family of optogenetic tools.. Cell 147, 1446 - 1457.   

Schneider, F., Grimm, C. and Hegemann, P. (2015) Biophysics of Channelrhodopsin. Ann. Rev. Biophysics. 44, 167 – 186.

Scheib, U., Stehfest, K., Gee, C. E., Körschen, H.G., Fudim, R., Oertner, T. G., and Hegemann, P. (2015) The rhodopsin-guanylyl cyclase of the aquatic fungus Blastocladiella emersonii enables fast optical control of cGMP signaling. Science Signaling 8, 389 rs8x