Göttinger Graduiertenschule für Neurowissenschaften, Biophysik und Molekulare Biowissenschaften

Walla, Peter Jomo, Prof. Dr.

Professor of Biomolecular Spectroscopy and Single-Molecule Detection


  • 2013 Managing Director, Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, University of Braunschweig and Research group leader, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and University of Göttingen
  • 2007– present: University Professor for Biophysical Chemistry, University of Braunschweig, Germany and Research group leader, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and University of Göttingen
  • 2003–2007: Tenure-Track Faculty Position (Juniorprofessor), Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany.
  • 2003–2006: Emmy-Noether research group leader, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and University of Göttingen, Germany
  • 2001–2003: Head of Department Optics & Detection, DIREVO Biotech AG, Cologne, Germany.
  • 1999–2001: Postdoc (Prof. Dr. G.R. Fleming), University of California at Berkeley, USA.
  • 1998 Postdoc (Prof. Dr. M. Orrit), CNRS Bordeaux, France.
  • 1996–1998: Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry (Prof. Dr. J. Troe), Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany.
  • 1994–1996: Diploma Degree in Chemistry (Prof. Dr. J. Troe), Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany.
  • 1991–1994: Studies of Chemistry, University of Heidelberg, Germany.




Major Research Interests

Application and Development of optical techniques for the investigation of biological mechanisms with particular emphasis on confocal and non-linear spectroscopy for the investigation of single biomolecular events and photosynthesis.



Homepage Department/Research Group
http://www.pci.tu-bs.de/agwalla/Peter_Walla_Main.htm



Selected Recent Publications

  • L. Wilk, M. Grunwald, P.-N. Liao, P. J. Walla*, W. Kühlbrandt* (2013) Direct interaction of the major light-harvesting complex II and PsbS in nonphotochemical quenching. PNAS, 110, 5452-5456.

  • J. M. Hernandez, A. Stein, E. Behrmann, D. Riedel, A. Cypionka, Z. Farsi, P. J. Walla, S. Raunser and R. Jahn* (2012) Membrane Fusion Intermediates via Directional and Full Assembly of the SNARE Complex. Science, 336, 1581-1584.

  • W. Vennekate, S. Schröder, C.-C. Lin, G. van den Bogaart, M. Grunwald, R. Jahn*, P. J. Walla* (2012) Cis- and trans-membrane interactions of synaptotagmin-1. PNAS, 109, 11037-11042.

  • Walla PJ (2010) Regulation der Photosynthese:Gangschaltung für die Speicherung solarer Energie. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ciuz.201090007, Chemie in unserer Zeit, 44, 1, 66-67.

  • Cypionka A, Stein A, Hernandez JM, Hippchen H, Jahn R, Walla PJ (2009) Discrimination between docking and fusion of liposomes
    reconstituted with neuronal SNARE-proteins using FCS. http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0906677106 PNAS, 106, 44,18575-18580.

  • Bode S, Quentmeier CC, Liao PN, Hafi N, Barros T, Wilk L, Bittner F, Walla PJ (2009) On the regulation of photosynthesis by excitonic interactions between carotenoids and chlorophylls. http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0903536106 PNAS, 106, 30,12311-12316.

  • Walla PJ (2009) Modern Biophysical Chemistry. http://www.wiley-vch.de/publish/en/books/ISBN3-527-32360-0/description?sID=cv0k45vht746l47lelcfl9h1i1 Wiley-VCH.

  • Zwilling D, Cypionka A, Pohl W, Fasshauer D, Walla PJ, Wahl M, Jahn R (2007) Early endosomal SNAREs form a structurally conserved SNARE complex and fuse liposomes with multiple topologies. http://www.nature.com/emboj/journal/v26/n1/abs/7601467a.html EMBO Journal 26 (1), 9-18.