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Andreas Engel

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Nationality  Swiss
Fields  Structural biology
Name  Andreas Engel

Andreas Engel
Born  6 October 1943 (age 72) (1943-10-06)
Institutions  Johns Hopkins University, Biozentrum University of Basel

Emeritus prof andreas engel awarded honorary doctorate by aarhus university in denmark

Andreas Engel is a Swiss structural biologist and co-founder of the Maurice E. Müller Institute for Structural Biology at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel.


Steppenwolf maffay show band andreas engel und band konzertmitschnitt 2013


Engel studied physics and mathematics in Bern (PhD 1972) and at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. In 1974 he joined the Biozentrum Basel. In 1986, after work in industry, he became Professor for Structural Biology. Engel and Ueli Aebi established the Maurice E. Müller Institute for Structural Biology. After becoming professor emeritus in 2010, Engel joined the Case Western Reserve University, to build up the Cleveland Center for Membrane and Structural Biology. He now works at the Bionanoscience Department of the TU Delft. Engel loves to ski, climb, and sketch.


Engel pioneered the application of scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) to image biomolecular complexes. Mass measurements using STEM, 2-dimensional crystallization of membrane proteins, cryo-electron crystallography and AFM were applied to study the structure of supramolecular assemblies [5]. Gram negative and positive pathogens, as well as bacterial envelopes were analyzed. Fujiyoshi and Engel solved the structure of Aquaporin-1 in collaboration with Agre. Together with Palczewski Engel’s team discovered the packing arrangement of rhodopsin in the retina. Engel developed the first curriculum in nanoscale sciences that attracted many young talents to the University of Basel. Similar programs have since been implemented in many top universities.

Awards and honors

  • 1996 Elected Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization
  • 1999 Max Gruber Lecture, Groningen
  • 2006 Karl Friederich Bonhoeffer Lecture, Göttingen
  • 2006 Edmund de Rothschild Lecture, Paris
  • 2012 Doctor Medicinae Honoris Causa, Aarhus University
  • References

    Andreas Engel Wikipedia

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