Kiel Marine Science

Prof. Dr. Eric Beitz

Gutenbergstraße 76, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-1809

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Information about Prof. Dr. Eric Beitz


Eric Beitz studied pharmacy at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. He received his PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of Tübingen in 1997 and his habilitation in 2004. In the meantime, he spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, working with Prof. Peter Agre on aquaporins (water and solute channels) and their suitability as new therapeutic targets. Since 2006 he has been Professor of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry at Kiel University.

Research questions

The main interest is the elucidation of structure-function relationships of membrane proteins, in particular of channels and transporters. For this purpose, techniques for the production of the proteins (yeast cell-based and cell-free), for biochemical and biophysical functional analysis, and for the modulation of the function by mutation, secondary modification and small, drug-like molecules are applied.

Current questions:

  • What is the molecular mechanism of transport proteins for weak acids like lactate?
  • What is the pH dependence of the transport of weak acids based on?
  • Which path do co-transported protons take through the proteins?
  • Are channels and transporters of human pathogenic parasites such as the malaria pathogen suitable as new therapeutic targets?


Current Research

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