Kerstin Göpfrich

Max Planck Research Group Leader (W2)

Portrait Kerstin Göpfrich

Contact

Max Planck Institute for Medical Research
Jahnstr. 29, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany
Room 161A
Tel.: +49 6221 486-443
E-Mail: kerstin.goepfrich(at)mr.mpg.de

About me

I have always been curious about fundamental questions in science and long fascinated by the idea to engineer a cell from scratch. Since 2019, I am leading the Max Planck Reseach Group Biophysical Engineering. Previously, as a Skłodowska-Curie Fellow in Stuttgart, I worked on bottom-up synthetic biology and microfluidics with Joachim Spatz. In April 2017, I completed my PhD in physics as a Gates Cambridge Fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK, where I built DNA origami nanopores in the group of Ulrich Keyser.

If I don’t do science, I like talking about it with students and the wider public, via webvideoconferencing on Ring-a-Scientist, twitter, youtube or media outlets like The Naked Scientists (BBC – Radio 5 live) or Spektrum der Wissenschaft. For past and present projects, see Talking Science, or just get in touch!

Short Bio

since 2019 Independent Max Planck Research Group Leader (W2)
Member of the Excellence Cluster 3D Matter Made to Order
Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg, Germany
2017 – 2019 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow
Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, Germany
2013 – 2017 Ph.D. in Physics
Gates Cambridge Fellow, Winton Fellow
Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
2012 – 2013 M.Phil. in Physics
Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
2009 – 2012 B.Sc. in Physics and Molecular Medicine
University of Erlangen, Germany