User:Till Korten

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  • Till Korten
  • Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Pfotenhauer Str. 108, 01307 Dresden, Germany
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  • 2009, PhD, MPI-CBG, TU-Dresden
  • 2004, Diploma in Biochemistry, University of Tübingen

Research interests

Learning from nature has often lead to great technological advances - just take aeroplanes for example. During my work in the field of neurobiology, the machine-like operating mechanisms of biomolecules, for example the axonal vesicle transport, constantly fascinated me. I am convinced, that learning from biomolecules to advance nanotechnology is one of the most promising research topics in the future and the most promising approach to nanotechnological appliances. The proteins of the cell were optimized during more than three billion years of evolution. This led to a multitude of “nanomachines” that work together to create cells and organisms – in a word: life itself. Our task is now to learn how these machines work and solve many problems within a cell. With suitable control mechanisms – a “man-machine-interface” – we may even be able to use biomolecules as nanomachines.


  1. Korten T and Diez S. Setting up roadblocks for kinesin-1: mechanism for the selective speed control of cargo carrying microtubules. Lab Chip. 2008 Sep;8(9):1441-7. DOI:10.1039/b803585g | PubMed ID:18818797 | HubMed [Paper1]
  2. Hoepken HH, Korten T, Robinson SR, and Dringen R. Iron accumulation, iron-mediated toxicity and altered levels of ferritin and transferrin receptor in cultured astrocytes during incubation with ferric ammonium citrate. J Neurochem. 2004 Mar;88(5):1194-202. DOI:10.1046/j.1471-4159.2003.02236.x | PubMed ID:15009675 | HubMed [Paper2]

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