Sebastian completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2006 on energy transfer processes in organic semiconductors. After an additional year as a junior research fellow in Prof. Friend's group in Cambridge, he arrived in Sweden in 2007 to investigate conformational dynamics of membrane proteins.
Since 2011 he has turned independent with funding through an Assistant Professorship position, sponsored by the Swedish Research Council, a 'Future Research Leader' research award from the Swedish Foundation of Strategic Research and an ERC starting grant. The goal of his research activities are to explore molecular structural dynamics (see projects).
Elin Claesson, PhD
Elin is currently doing her Ph.D. at the department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology in the Westenhoff group. She has a teaching degree in maths and chemistry but recently, she decided to expand her knowledge in biochemistry. For her master project she worked with structure determination of a sialic acid transporter in the Friemann group. During her Ph.D. she will primarily be working with time-resolved crystallographic studies of phytochromes, a bacterial photoreceptor. Currently she is producing micron-sized crystals for an X-ray free electron laser experiment conducted to probe for dynamical changes in a light-sensitive protein
Keywords: phytochromes, protein expression, crystallization, solution X-ray scattering
Léocadie Henry, PhD
Léocadie studied chemical biology at Uppsala University and graduated in June 2015. She did her diploma work at GE Healthcare Lifesciences focusing on protein purification by immobilized-metal affinity chromatography (IMAC). Léocadie started in the Westenhoff group in September 2015. She is currently doing a PhD on the expression and structural analysis by time-resolved Xray crystallography and time-resolved solution Xray scattering of photosensory proteins sensitive to blue light.
Keywords: Protein expression, protein purification, crystallography, SAXS
Linnéa Isaksson, Post Doc.
Linnéa studied biotechnology at Linköping University where she received her masters degree in 2009. Her PhD studies was conducted at the Swedish NMR centre in Gothenburg, studying intrinsically disordered proteins with NMR. Currently she is doing a post-doc in the Westenhoff group. She is mainly interested in cell-free protein expression, a tool for producing recombinant proteins in solution using the biomolecular translation machinery extracted from cells. The synthesized proteins’ function, dynamics and interactions are studied with mainly NMR and Infrared spectroscopy. Her projects are focused on a bacterial Phytochrome, sensitive to light in the red and far-red region of the visible spectrum.
Keywords: Cell-free protein expression, Infrared spectroscopy, NMR, Phytochrome
Matthijs Panman, Researcher
Matthijs studied chemistry at the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands) where he received his masters degree in physical chemistry in 2007. He performed his PhD work at the same university, and focused on investigating the mechanics of synthetic molecular machines with time-resolved infrared spectroscopy. He defended his thesis in 2013, after which he worked on the folding dynamics of small peptides. He joined the Westenhoff group in 2014. Currently, Matthijs is working on visualizing fundamental reaction events in light-triggered chemical reactions with time-resolved WAXS.