Christian Löw joins EMBL Hamburg as Group Leader
EMBL Hamburg is pleased to welcome a new member to their team. Christian Löw joined EMBL in February as new group leader following four years postdoctoral research at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. His work at EMBL Hamburg will focus on the structure, function and dynamics of cell membrane proteins – in particular the proton coupled transporters of the PEPT family responsible for the uptake of a range of different di- and tripeptides derived from the digestion of dietary proteins. The best studied members of the PEPT family - PepT1 and PepT2 - are of pharmaceutical interest since they also accept a number of drugs as substrates. Christian is therefore interested in working towards a detailed understanding of the structural basis of transport and substrate recognition of these molecules. This knowledge can ultimately help improve and optimize drug absorption in the small intestine and subsequent distribution in the body.
“I am really looking forward to seeing what the future will hold for me here at EMBL Hamburg” says Christian. ”I will be making good use of the state-of-the-art infrastructures for synchrotron radiation here and I’m excited to be able to explore all the new possibilities developing on the DESY campus. Despite being here for only a few weeks, we already start feeling at home in Hamburg and hope that the number of forecasted rainy days is only a myth”.
“We are really pleased that Christian has joined us here at EMBL Hamburg,” says Matthias Wilmanns Head of the Outstation. “His research is a great addition to our portfolio and we all look forward to working with him.”
Christian has already recruited two predoc students and is currently looking to employ a postdoc and a technician to join his group.