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Susana Andrade


Lab: Prof. Dr. Susana Andrade
Department: Institute of Biochemistry
Address: Albertstrasse 21 79104 Freiburg
Phone: (+49) 761 203 8719
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BIOSS Excellence Cluster: Associated member
PhD positions available: YES
Research Area: Protein Structure and Function
Research Interests: Structure, function and regulation of membrane proteins involved in ion transport and sensing mechanisms


Education & Training: 1991-1996: Diploma in Biochemistry at Classic University of Lisbon, Portugal
1998-2002: Dr. rer. nat. in Biochemistry/Biophysics at New University of Lisbon, Portugal
Employment & Experience: 1996-1997: Young Investigator fellow, New University of Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal
1997: Visiting Investigator, Lemonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
1999: Visiting Investigator, Technical University of Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal
2001-2002: Postdoc fellow, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA
2001: Visiting Investigator, University of California Davis, USA
2003-2005: Postdoc fellow, University of Göttingen, Germany
2006-2011: Emmy-Noether Group Leader, University of Freiburg, Germany
2012-present: W2 Professor, University of Freiburg, Germany
Scientific Activities: Memberships:
1995-present: Society for Biological Inorganic Chemistry (SBIC)
2003-present: International Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Society
2006-present: American Chemical Society (ACS)
2007-present: German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM)
2007-present: American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
2010-present: Biophysical Society
2006-2008: Intern. Max Planck Res. School and Georg-August Univ. (Molecular Biology Master/Ph.D. Program)
2007-2008: Göttingen Graduate School (Neurosciences and Molecular Biology: Biomolecules, Structure, Function and Dynamics Program)
2007-2008: Invited Junior Group Member of the Göttingen Center for Molecular Biosciences (GZMB)
2010-present: Invited Member of ‘AcademiaNet - Internet Portal for Excellent Researchers’
2010-present: Associate Member of the DFG Research Unit ‘Diversity of Asymmetric Thiamine Catalysis’ (Chair: Prof. Michael Müller; DFG-FOR 1296)
2010-present: DFG-IRTG ‘Membrane Proteins and Biological Membranes’ (Chair: Prof. Thorsten Friedrich; DFG-GRK 1478)
2011-present: Associate Member of BIOSS Center for Biological Signaling Studies, University of Freiburg, Germany
2011-present: Spemann Graduate School of Biology and Medicine (SGBM), University of Freiburg, Germany
2012-present: Member of the Executive Board of the Spemann Graduate School of Biology and Medicine (SGBM), University of Freiburg, Germany


Honors and Awards:

2015               Eugen-Graetz-Preis
2006-present  Emmy-Noether Fellow, DFG (AN 676/1)
2004-2005      Postdoctoral Fellow, Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships (FP6-500739)
1998-2001      Ph.D. Research Fellowship, Portuguese Sci. Technol. Foundation (FCT)
1996-1997      Young Scientific Research Fellowship, Nat. Sci. Technol. Res. Council (JNICT), Program PRAXIS XXI
1995                Undergraduate Research Award, PRODEP/95


Selected Publications:

Direct Observation of Electrogenic NH4+ Transport in Ammonium Transport (Amt) Proteins.
Wacker T, Garcia-Celma J., Lewe P. and Andrade SLA (2014)
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, in press.

The Tricky Task of Nitrate/Nitrite Antiport.
Andrade SLA and Einsle O (2013)
Angew. Chem. Intl. Ed., 52(40), 10422-10424. Abstract

Analysis of the Magnetic Properties of Nitrogenase FeMo cofactor by Single-Crystal EPR Spectroscopy.
Spatzal T, Einsle O and Andrade SLA (2013)
Angew. Chem. Intl. Ed., 52(38), 10116-10119. Abstract

Fluorescent Sensors Reporting the Activity of Ammonium Transceptors in Live Cells.
DeMichele R, Ast C, Loqué D, Ho CH, Andrade SLA, Lanquar V, Grossmann G, Gehne S, Kumke MU and Frommer WB (2013)
eLife, 2, e00800. Abstract

Structure and Mechanism of the Nitrite Channel NirC.
Lü W, Schwarzer N, Du J, Gerbig-Smentek E, Andrade SLA and Einsle O (2012) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 109, 18395-18400. Abstract

The Formate Channel FocA Exports the Products of Mixed-Acid Fermentation. Lü W, Du J, Shwarzer N, Gerbig-Smentek E, Einsle O and Andrade SLA (2012)
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 109, 13254-13259. Abstract

Mechanism of Disruption of Amt-GlnK Complex Formation by PII-mediated Sensing of 2-Oxoglutarate.
Maier S, Schleberger P, Lü W, Wacker T, Pflüger T, Litz C and Andrade SLA (2011)
PLoS ONE, 6, e26327. Abstract

pH-dependent Gating in a FocA Formate Channel.
Lü W, Du J, Wacker T, Gerbig-Smentek E, Andrade SLA and Einsle O (2011) Science, 332, 352-354. Abstract

Cooperative binding of ATP and ADP in the trimeric PII protein GlnK2 from Archaeoglobus fulgidus.
Helfmann S, Lü W, Litz C and Andrade SLA (2010)
J. Molec. Biol., 402, 165-177. Abstract

Crystal Structure of the Archaeal Ammonium Transporter Amt-1 from Archaeoglobus fulgidus.
Andrade SLA, Dickmanns A, Ficner R and Einsle O (2005)
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 102, 14994-14999. Abstract

SGBM PhD students

SGBM PhD students:

Track 1:

Maria Agostina Di Renzo (since January 2017)

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