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Dr. Franziska Schneider-Warme, Diplom-Biophysikerin

Head of Optogenetics, Emmy Noether Fellow
  • Design and implementation of new optogenetic tools for modulating the activity of excitable cells and tissues
  • Development of optogenetic approaches for functionally dissecting electrical interactions between cardiac cell populations, with a current focus on cardiomyocytes, fibroblasts and resident immune cells
  • Electrophysiological characterization of cardiac non-myocytes
  • 3D reconstruction of cellular networks in healthy and diseased hearts

Franziska Schneider-Warme studied Biophysics at the Humboldt University in Berlin (HUB) and at the Bordeaux Segalen University in Bordeaux (2004-2009). She then continued her post-graduate studies in the laboratory of Prof. Peter Hegemann at HUB, where her work focused on the design and optimization of rhodopsin-based optogenetic tools. After receiving her PhD in 2014, she completed a short post-doc working on a joint project with Christian Rosenmund's group at the Charité Berlin. In 2015, she joined Prof. Peter Kohl’s group at Imperial College London to apply the optogenetic approach to study heterocellular interactions in the heart. Since 2016 Franziska Schneider-Warme leads the Cardiac Optogenetics section at the IEKM in Freiburg, since November 2018 as an Emmy Noether Fellow.