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Biophysique des membranes et RMN

Head of the research group

Professeur à l'Unistra

Year of creation of the group - 2000


Le Bel Institute, 4th floor South

Secretarial and accounting services provided by

Françoise ROTHHUT
Phone : +33 (0)3 68 85 65 33

Permanent members

  • BECHINGER Burkhard
    Professeur à l'Unistra
    Phone: +33 (0)3 68 85 13 03
    Chargé de recherche CNRS
    Phone: +33 (0)3 68 85 14 94
  • BERTANI Philippe
    Maître de conférences à l'Unistra
    Phone: +33 (0)3 68 85 65 22
  • AISENBREY Christopher
    Chargé de recherche CNRS
    +33 (0)3 68 85 13 13
  • GLATTARD Elise
    Ingénieur de recherche CNRS
    Phone: +33 (0)3 68 85 17 34
  • RAYA Jésus
    Ingénieur de Recherche CNRS
    Phone: +33 (0)3 68 85 14 94

*works for several groups


Non-permanent members

PhD students

  • Justine WOLF
  • Xavier BOSSIS
  • Marya KARDASH
  • Morane LOINTIER


  • Dennis JUHL
  • Priyatosh RANJAN

Research topics

  • Structural studies by liquid- and solid-state NMR of membrane proteins and membrane peptides : Bilayers, bicelles, micelles, oriented and non-oriented media.
  • Dynamic Nuclear Polarization / solid state NMR of lipid membranes.
  • Reconstitution of polypeptides in oriented bilayers and oriented bicelles.
  • Bacterial Overexpression and purification of membrane proteins.
  • Chemical synthesis of peptides.
  • Study of the interactions of membrane polypeptides by NMR, optical and calorimetric techniques.
  • Studies of the mechanism of action of cell penetrating peptides, peptide-mediated transport of nucleic acids, of viruses used in gene therapy (transfection and transduction) by solid-state NMR and by other biophysical techniques.
  • Interactions of between polypeptides and between proteins and lipids within lipid bilayers, peptide oligomerisation in bilayers.
  • Mechanisms of action and design of peptide antibiotics, pores and membrane channels.
  • Study of amyloids.

Prof. Burkhard Bechinger talks about his research on antimicrobial peptides

Selection of key publications

Itkin A et al. Structural characterization of the amyloid precursor protein transmembrane domain and its gamma‑cleavage site, ACS Omega 2, 6525-6534 (2017).

Salnikov ES et al. Solid-State NMR Membrane topologies of the PGLa antimicrobial peptide and a transmembrane anchor sequence by DNP / solid-state NMR spectroscopy, Nat Scie Rep 6:20895 (2016).

Bechinger B, Domains stack up, Nature Materials, 11, 1005-6 (2012).

Resende JM et al. .The antibiotic heterodimeric distinctin by ssNMR, PNAS, 106,16639 (2009).

Kichler A et al. Histidine-rich Amphipathic Peptide Antibiotics Promote Efficient Delivery of DNA into Mammalian Cells, PNAS, 100, 1564 (2003).

Photo gallery

A small overview of our research group