Our most recent collaborative paper with our good friends from the Andreas Möglich lab at the University of Bayreuth is now online [LINK]!
This study not only reveals a surprising temperature-sensitivity in a LOV photoreceptor, which markedly impacts structure and function, but also demonstrates how this sensitivity can be tuned using rational protein design!
Thank you everyone involved and especially Julia and Andreas for their leadership!
That’s a wrap! February 16-19, 2021, saw the second edition of the Optogenetics Australia Workshop, this time virtually, and it was a great success! Some impressions can be found HERE.
Spanning over 4 days, the workshop included talks and workshops by experts from all over the world, as well as fantastic presentations by ECRs showcasing their research. You can have a look at the program HERE.
Not just the line-up was international: more than 120 participants registered for the workshop and “zoomed-in” from Asia, North America, Europe and Australia.
We are looking forward to seeing many of you again at next year’s workshop, you can follow us on Twitter to receive the latest updates. If you are interested in joining next year’s organising committee, please contact as by e-mail.
A huge thank you again to everyone who was involved and made the 2nd Optogenetics Australia Workshop so successful!
Two of our newest papers have been published as part of the Photoswitching Proteins series and are available to read now!
The first paper, with our recent PhD graduate Steffi as first author, describes the design and application of light-regulated receptor tyrosine kinases and how the reengineering of these receptors can be used to generate signals with high spatial and temporal precision.
The second paper, in collaboration with Viviana Agus from Axxam, presents prototypical cell-based drug screening assays using Channelrhodopsin2 (ChR2) to induce changes in membrane potential and test for voltage-gated ion channel blockade.