Advisory Board and Editors Biophysics

Renu Batra-Safferling

Group Leader, Structural Biochemistry in Institute of Complex Systems (ICS-6) in Research Centre Juelich, Germany. Postdoctoral scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg, Germany (1996-1999) and at Columbia University, New York, USA (1999-2002). Primary focus of my research is to understand the structure-function relationships of soluble and membrane proteins of biological importance.

Andrea Becchetti

Andrea Becchetti received his academic degrees at the University of Milan. He then spent research sojourns at the University of Florence, the Emory University (USA), the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) and the International School for Advanced Studies, in Trieste (IT). His research concerns the cholinergic and orexin modulation of synaptic transmission in the prefrontal cortex, the pathogenesis of sleep-related epilepsy and the role of ion channels in cell adhesion and differentiation.

Kerstin Blank

Max Planck Research Group Leader since 2014; assistant professor at Radboud University Nijmegen; PostDocs at University of Leuven and University of Strasbourg; PhD in Biophysics from Ludwig Maximilian University Munich; Research interests: mechanobiology, molecular force sensors, protein engineering, single molecule techniques (force and fluorescence); Editor of Biophysical Reviews and Letters

Ariel J Blocker

2011-:Schools of Cellular & Molecular Medicine and Biochemistry, University of Bristol: Reader in Microbiology.
2007-2011: as above, Senior Lecturer in Microbiology.
2001-2007: Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford: Guy Newton Senior Research Fellow.
1997-2000: Institute Pasteur, Paris: Postdoctoral fellow.
1996: EMBL, Heidelberg: Postdoctoral fellow.
1991-1995: EMBL, Heidelberg: PhD in Cell Biology
1988-1991: University College, London: B. Sc. in Genetics, 1st class.

Bettina Böttcher

Personal Chair in Electron Microscopy and Image Processing, of Biological Complexes, at the University of Edinburgh

Alessandra Cambi

Alessandra Cambi received a Ph.D in Biology at the University of Camerino (Italy) and a Ph.D in Medical Sciences (cum laude) at the Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands). After a long-term EMBO postdoctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute of Biphysical Chemistry (Germany) and a VENI fellowship from the Dutch Scientific Organization (NWO), she became junior group leader. She is currently associate professor and group leader of the Nano-Immunology group in Nijmegen.

Elisabetta Ada Cavalcanti-Adam

E. Ada Cavalcanti-Adam is a research group leader at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Heidelberg and head of Central Scientific Facility “Biomaterials and Molecular Biology” at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart. Her main research interest is on extracellular stimuli which guide cell structure and functions with a special focus on the role of growth factors on cell adhesion and migration.

Silvia Comani

I am Associate Professor of Applied Physics, Director of the BIND – Behavioral Imaging and Neural Dynamics Center, and affiliated to the Department of Neuroscience, Imaging and Clinical Sciences, at the University “G. d’Annunzio” of Chieti – Pescara, Italy.
My research focus is on biomedical signal processing, mainly on functional and effective connectivity in adults and children to detect the neural correlates of behavior in studies adopting a multimodal and multidisciplinary approach.

Thomas P. Conrads

Professor of Molecular & Cellular Biology and Obstetrics & Gynecology and Chief Scientific Officer of the Department of Defense-Funded Gynecologic Cancer Center of Excellence and the Women's Health Integrated Research Center at Inova Health System.

Ben Corry

I spend my time trying to understand the proteins known as ion channels that are responsible for electrical signalling in cells using simulation and fluorescence. I am fascinated by how organisms can survive despite the chaos taking place at the molecular level.

I received my PhD from the Australian National University in 2003. After 9 years in 'The Wild West' (Perth, WA) where I won the 2008 West Australian Young Scientist of the Year 2008, I have found my way back to work at the ANU.

Roberta Croce

Professor and chair of Biophysics of photosynthesis at VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Her research focuses on the mechanisms of light reactions of photosynthesis. Recipient of the ERC Consolidator Grant.

Liza Cubeddu

Liza is a protein biochemist. She was awarded a Wellcome Trust International Postdoctoral Fellowship (University of St Andrews, UK) and then a National Breast Cancer Foundation Fellowship (University of Sydney, Australia). She moved to the School of Science and Health, University of Western Sydney in 2011 where she is a Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry. Her current research focuses on understanding the molecular interactions of novel proteins involved in DNA repair and chromatin remodeling.