Florian Aust


College / University

Georg-August-University Göttingen

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science

Major Subjects

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology




Lab Experience

Microscopy (fluorescence, confocal, light), neuronal and mammalian cell culture, transformation (electroporation, heat shock), transfection (lipo-/expifectamine), protein purification (Ni-NTA, Streptavidin-beads, size-exclusion chromatography, ion-exchange chromatography), SDS-PAGE, (blue) native PAGE, Western blotting, cloning, PCR, CD spectroscopy, automated peptide and oligonucleotide synthesis, ITC, stopped flow, photometric enzyme-kinetics, AFM imaging and force measurements, FRET, FRAP measurements, Interpreting NMR- and MS-Spectra, programming in Python and R, organic synthesis and purification.

Projects / Research

  • 2020: Bachelor's thesis "Characterizing effector protein complexes from Legionella pneumophila", Dept. for Neurobiology (Prof. Jahn), MPI for Biophysical Chemistry
  • 2020 – 2021: Elucidating the interaction of the synaptic proteins SNCA, SYN1 and SNCAIP, Dept. for Molecular Neuroscience (Dr. Milovanovic), DZNE Berlin

Scholarships / Awards

2021 – 2022: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School


I am especially interested in the causes and molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's or Alzheimer's disease. Furthermore, I am intrigued by structural biology, particularly NMR spectroscopy, and I hope that I am given the opportunity to combine both these fields in my future scientific career. With my background in biochemistry I have a solid foundation on which I can build within the program and its diverse lectures across molecular biology, preparing me for PhD research.