Department of Biophysics


The Biophysics department conducts interdisciplinary research at the interface of biomolecular function, physical chemistry and radiochemistry. The activities contribute to the Research Programmes Nuclear Safety and Cancer Research in the Helmholtz-Association. We are particularly interested in:

  • structural and dynamic aspects of biomembranes
  • conformational transitions in membrane proteins
  • interactions between (radio)metals and biomolecules
  • effects of metals and radionuclides on the metabolism of microorganisms (see recent MDR report)


The Biophysics department participates in the Dresden International Graduate School for Biomedicine and Bioengineering (DIGS-BB) supported by the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments.

Practicals on Molecular Spectroscopy and Calorimetry are offered. The following lectures are held at the technische Universität Dresden and are elgible for the Master Specialization "Soft Condensed Matter and Biological Physics":

  • Biological Thermodynamics (English, summer semester)
  • Biophysical Methods (German, winter semester)

Seminar lectures  for the International BIOTEC-Master Programme,

  • Vibrational Spectroscopy (English)
  • Absorption and Fluorescence Spectroscopy (English)

Experimental Methods

  • Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy
  • Circular dichroism
  • Static and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy
  • Calorimetry
  • Mass-Spectroscopy

Spectroscopic data are evaluated in combination with Density Functional Theory to understand photochemoical and photophysical properties of organic complexes of actinides


  Enas Mohammed Hassan Attia Elisabeth Fischermeier Muhammad Hassan Obeid Dr. Jana Oertel Jenny Philipp Matthias Suhr Prof. Dr. Karim Fahmy Dr. Satoru Tsushima


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Fahmy Prof. Dr., Karim801/P3012952


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Dornbusch, Daniel801/P3033375
Kielar Dr., Charlotte801/P3033247
Nucke, Lisa801/P3033375
Oertel Dr., Jana801/P3022978
Tsushima Prof. Dr., Satoru801/P3022978


Prof. Dr. Karim Fahmy

Phone: +49 351 260 2952
+49 351 260 3601