Kiel Marine Science

Prof. Dr. Marc Bramkamp

Am Botanischen Garten 1-9, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 (0)431-880-4341

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Information about Prof. Dr. Marc Bramkamp


Marc Bramkamp studied biology at the University of Osnabrück and conducted his Diplom thesis at the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research in Braunschweig. In 2003 he did his PhD in microbiology at the University of Osnabrück with Prof. Karlheinz Altendorf. After a postdoc year in Osnabrück, he joined from 2004 to 2006 the laboratory of Prof. Jeff Errington at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology at Oxford University as a research assistant. In 2006 he moved to the University of Cologne as a group leader in the department of Prof. Reinhard Krämer, where he habilitated in 2011 in biochemistry. In 2012 he accepted a professorship in microbiology from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. At LMU he was spokesman for the graduate school Life Science Munich and 2015-2017 Vice Dean of the Faculty of Biology. In 2019, he was appointed professor for microbial biochemistry and cell biology at the Institute for General Microbiology at Kiel University and head of central microscopy in the biology section.

Research questions

My research interest is the spatial and temporal organization of bacterial cells.

With our work we would like to contribute to the understanding how bacterial cells organize themselves and which mechanisms are used to divide the cell into functional spaces. For a long time, the bacterial cell was considered to be relatively disorganized, in which enzymes and nucleic acids are not spatially precisely separated from one another. This view has been refuted by new knowledge in recent years. With the help of high-resolution single-molecule microscopy, we are able to track the localization and dynamics of individual proteins down to a few nanometers. Our data from the living organisms then form the basis for biophysical modeling. The aim is to decode the molecular mechanisms that are responsible for the spatial temporal arrangement of biochemical processes and to understand how the multitude of biochemical reactions ultimately become life.

Current research on:

  • How is cell division and morphology regulated by bacteria?
  • How is the bacterial chromosome functionally organized in the nucleoid?
  • Is the bacterial plasma membrane divided into functional rooms and how does the membrane react to stress?
  • What influence do antibiotics and antimicrobial substances have on the organization of the bacterial cell?
Current Research

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