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Max Ulbrich


Lab: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Max Ulbrich
Department: Institute of Physiology
Address: BIOSS
Centre for Biological Signalling Studies
Schänzlestr. 18
79104 Freiburg
Phone: +49 761 203 97183
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BIOSS Excellence Cluster: YES
PhD positions available: YES
Research Area: Synthetic Biology and Signalling
Research Interests: Membrane protein assembly, single molecule imaging, superresolution, biophysics of receptors in neuroscience, immunology and signalling


Education & Training: 1993-1999: Study of Physics, Technical University Munich
1999-2003: PhD in Physics, Technical University Munich and Max-Planck-Institute for
Biochemistry, Martinsried
Employment & Experience: 2004-2009: Postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Ehud Isacoff, University of California,
2010-present: Junior-Professor at BIOSS and the Institute of Physiology, Albert-Ludwigs-
University Freiburg, Germany


Honors and Awards:

2004-2005 Postdoctoral Fellowship of the German Research Association (DFG)
2006-2008 Postdoctoral Fellowship of the American Heart Association (AHA)
2009 NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)


Selected Publications:

Ulbrich MH. Counting Molecules: Toward Quantitative Imaging. In P. Tinnefeld, C. Eggeling, SW Hell (Eds.). Springer Series on Fluorescence: Far-Field Optical Nanoscopy  263-291 (2015). Abstract

*Bartoi T, *Augustinowski K, Polleichtner G, Gründer S, Ulbrich MH. The ASIC1a/2a heteromer has a flexible 2:1/1:2 stoichiometry. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111: 8281-8286 (2014). *Authors contributed equally. Abstract

Arant RJ, Ulbrich MH. Deciphering the subunit composition of multimeric proteins by counting photobleaching steps. ChemPhysChem 15: 600-605 (2014). Abstract

Kleine Borgmann LAK, Ries J, Ewers H, Ulbrich MH, Graumann PL. The bacterial SMC complex displays a novel mode of interaction with the chromosome. Cell Reports 3: 1483-1492 (2013). Abstract

*Hastie P, *Ulbrich MH, Wang H, Arant RJ, Lau AG, Zhang Z, Isacoff EY, Chen L. AMPA receptor/TARP stoichiometry visualized by single molecule subunit counting. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110:5163-5168 (2013). *Authors contributed equally. Abstract

Zhu J, Yu Y, Ulbrich MH, Li MH, Isacoff EY, Honig B, Yang J. Structural model of the TRPP2/PKD1 C-terminal coiled-coil complex produced by a combined computational and experimental approach. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108:10133-10138 (2011). Abstract

Nakajo K, Ulbrich MH, Kubo Y, Isacoff EY. Stoichiometry and gating of the KCNQ1-KCNE1 ion channel complex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107:18862-18867 (2010). Abstract

Ulbrich MH, Isacoff EY. Rules of engagement for NMDA receptor subunits. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105:14163-14168 (2008). Abstract

Tombola F, Ulbrich MH, Isacoff EY. The voltage-gated proton channel Hv1 has two pores, each controlled by one voltage sensor. Neuron 58:546-556 (2008). Abstract

Ulbrich MH, Isacoff EY. Subunit counting in membrane-bound proteins. Nature Methods 4:319-321 (2007). Abstract

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