Hector RCD Awardee since 2021
Dr. Kerstin Göpfrich

Dr. Kerstin Göpfrich

Research Group Leader MPI for Medicl Research

Pinci­pal Inves­ti­ga­tor, Cluster of Excel­lence 3D Matter Made to Order (3DMM2O)

Kerstin Göpfrich is a Max Planck Research Group Leader of the "Biophys­i­cal Engineer­ing" group at the Max Planck Insti­tute for Medical Research in Heidel­berg, Princi­pal Inves­ti­ga­tor in the Cluster of Excel­lence "3D Matter Made to Order" at KIT and Heidel­berg Univer­sity, and Fellow of the Max Planck School "Matter to Life".

Her research focuses on the construc­tion of artifi­cial cells from custom-engineered compo­nents. With the help of DNA/RNA nanotech­nol­ogy, functional compo­nents are created that equip lipid vesicles with proper­ties of living cells. For example, the team succeeded in produc­ing artifi­cial cytoskele­tons or control­ling the division of synthetic cells.

Kerstin Göpfrich received, among others, the Women Inter­ac­tive Materi­als Award for her work on materi­als with life-like proper­ties. She was awarded a Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellow­ship and received one of the presti­gious Gates Cambridge Fellow­ships from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Max Planck Institut für medizinische Forschung

Research fields

Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineer­ing & Medicine

Biophysics, Synthetic Biology, DNA Nanotechnology
DNA Nanotech­nol­ogy for Membrane Remodelling
Lipid Vesicles and Microscopy
Laser Print­ing and Microfluidics
Forschungsfeld Physik

— Physics

Forschungsfeld Chemie

— Chemistry

Forschungsfeld Biologie

— Biology

Forschungsfeld Ingenieurwesen

— Engineer­ing

Forschungsfeld Medizin

— Medicine