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Helmholtz Young Investigators Group
Microscale Bioengineering

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Head of group

Dr. Dietrich Kohlheyer
Institute of Bio- and Geosciences
IBG-1: Biotechnology
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
52425 Jülich

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The “Micro Scale Bioengineering Group” (µscale) is part of the Institute IBG1: Biotechnology. Our aim is to develop cutting-edge microfluidic systems to study prokaryotic microorganisms on a single cell level. These Lab-on-a-Chip´s in combination with automated high resolution live cell imaging enable fascinating research with respect to, productivity, life time, stress influence, population heterogeneity etc. In order to answer questions in the field of Systems Biotechnology, work is carried out in close cooperation with groups from multidisciplinary fields, e.g., "Bioprocesses and Bioanalytics", "Biocatalysis and Biosensors", “Population Heterogeneity”, "Amino Acids and Cell Wall" and "Simulation and Modeling".


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News and Highlights

January 2014Official start of the “Helmholtz Young Investigators Group Microscale Bioengineering”
September 2013Dietrich Kohlheyer receives a young investigators grant from the Helmholtz Association of 1.25 M€ for a total research period of 5 years
September 2013Sophie Weber, student at the University of Applied Sciences Aachen (Jülich) starts her 6 months internship project
August 2013Julio Arreola, student at the University of Applied Sciences Aachen (Jülich) starts with his Master project

Group Members




Head of groupDr. Dietrich Kohlheyer61-287515.7201
Scientific staffAlexander Grünberger61-292715.7212
Ph.D. studentsChristina Krämer61-356515.7212
Christopher Probst61-292715.7212
Scientific assistantChristian Carsten Sachs61-272915.7212
Master studentSophie Weber61-469615.7209
Bachelor studentChristian Freier61-469615.7209
Christoph Westerwalbesloh61-906615.7206a
TechnicianNadja Braun61-356515.7212
Agnes Müller-Schröer61-356515.7212

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