Active scientific staff

Please inquire for current openings for bachelors-, masters-, and doctoral thesis projects, as well as for postdoctoral positions (see contact). A background in biophysics / biochemistry or in imaging techniques such as electron microscopy or fluorescence microscopy is helpful. 

Hendrik Dietz

Principal Investigator

Dr. rer. nat. 2007, TUM

Dipl. Phys. 2004, LMU

dietz @


twitter: @hendrik_dietz

Elena Willner

PhD student

MSc Physics 2018 (TUM)

elena.willner @

Michael Pinner

PhD student

MSc Biotech 2017 (UT Vienna)

michael.pinner @


Sayed Ali Khoshouei

PhD student

MSc Physics 2018 (TUM)

ali.khoshouei @

Ken Sachenbacher

PhD student 

MSc Physics 2020 (TUM)


ken.sachenbacher @

Christopher Frank

PhD student

MSc Physics 2021 (TUM)


chris.j.frank @

Viktorija Kozina

PhD student

MSc Biochemistry 2021 (TUM)


viktorija.kozina @

Barbara Wittmann 

PhD student

MSc Physics 2023 (TUM)

barbara.wittmann @


Johanna Grießing

MSc Physics (TUM)

johanna.griessing @


Samuel Beerkens  

Honours Biotechnology (UWA)

samuel.beerkens @


Alumni of the lab


Dr. Massimo Kube (2023)


Dr. Klaus Wagenbauer (2018-2022)


Dr. Jonas Funke (2017-2022)


Dr. Benjamin Kick (2017-2022)


Dr. Pierre Stoemmer (2022)


Dr. Fabian Kohler (2022)


Dr. Jessica Kretzmann (2019-2022)


Dr. Wouter Engelen (2019-2022)


Dr. Thomas Gerling (2015-2021)


Dr. Fernanda Pereira (2017-2020)


Dr. Hamid Ramezani (2017-2019)


Dr. Jean-Philippe Sobczak (2019)

CEO at


Dr. Katharina Häussermann (2019)


Dr. Florian Praetorius (2018)


Dr. Britta Coordes (2012)


Dr. Veikko Linko (2012-2013)


Dr. Carlos Castro (2009-2010)


Dr. Moritz Mickler (2009)


Prof. Seth Fraden (2017)

Visiting Professor

Brandeis University



PhD graduates

(21) Dr. Anna-Katharina Pumm (2017-2023)

PhD thesis defended on March 31st 2023

Title: "DNA-Origami-Nanorotationsmotoren"


(20) Dr. Alba Monferrer (2018-2023)

PhD thesis defended on March 10th 2023

Title: "Functional DNA Origami Shells for Broad-Spectrum Antiviral Applications"


(19) Dr. Massimo Kube (2017-2022)

PhD thesis defended on Dec 14th 2022

Title: "Development of a Novel Approach to Reconstruct Biological Samples under Load"


(18) Dr. Elija Feigl (2018-2022)

PhD thesis defended on Nov 15th 2022

Title: "Computational Analysis of DNA Origami Nanostructures using Atomic Model Building"


(17) Dr. Pierre Stömmer (2017-2022)

PhD thesis defended on Aug 2nd 2022

Title: "A synthetic molecular transport system with controllable mobility over micrometer distances"


(16) Dr. Christian Sigl (2017-2021)

PhD thesis defended on Feb 1st 2022

Title: "Programmable DNA origami shell platform for virus neutralization"


(15) Dr. Eva Bertosin (2017-2021)

PhD thesis defended on Dec 3rd 2021

Title: "A synthetic DNA rotary mechanism with coordinated coupled motion"


(14) Dr. Fabian Kohler (2016-2021)

PhD thesis defended on Sept 24th 2021

 Title: "Precision Design and Characterization of DNA Origami Nanostructures Using High-Resolution Cryo-EM"


(13) Dr. Matthias Schickinger (2011-2017)

PhD thesis defended on Dec 11th 2020

Title: "Untersuchung der Hybridisierungskinetik kurzer DNA-Doppelstränge mit der neuartigen Einzelmolekül-Methode Tethered Multi-Fluorophore Motion"


(12) Dr. Floris Engelhardt (2015-2019)

PhD thesis defended on Dec 12th 2019

Title "De novo scaffold strand sequences to expand the construction space of DNA origami"


(11) Dr. Fabian Schneider (2014-2019)

PhD thesis defended on May 8th 2019

Title "Resolving the sequence of binding events in the self-assembly process of DNA origami" 


(10) Dr. Katharina Häussermann (2012-2018)

PhD thesis defended on May 17 2018

Title "Zeitaufgelöste Interaktionsanalyse des humanen Transkriptionsfaktors FoxP2."


(9) Dr. Jean-Philippe Sobczak (2012-2018)

PhD thesis defended on Mar 16 2018

Title: "Investigations of the DNA origami folding process."


(8) Dr. Klaus Wagenbauer (2014-2017)

PhD thesis defended on Feb 23 2018

Title: "Shape-programmable 3D finite-size assemblies made from shape-complementary DNA components."


(7) Dr. Florian Praetorius (2012-2017)

PhD thesis defended on Jan 16 2018

Title: "Genetically encoding the spatial arrangement of DNA and proteins in self- assembling nanostructures."


(6) Dr. Philip Ketterer (2013-2017)

PhD thesis defended on Nov 17 2017

Title: "Rotary mechanisms and scientific devices based on DNA"


(5) Dr. Jonas Funke (2012-2017)

PhD thesis defended on Jun 29 2017

Title: "Nanoscale instruments for the positioning of molecules, for the measurement of forces, and for the quantification of conformational equilibria"


(4) Dr. Evi Stahl (2011-2016)

PhD thesis defended on Dec 13 2016

Title: "Modellsystemstudien und Methoden zur Probenherstellung für die Kristallisation komplexer DNA Objekte"


(3) Dr. Thomas Gerling (2010-2015)

PhD student

Thesis defended on Dec 23 2015

Title: "Design and characterization of a nanomechanical two-state DNA-actuator"


(2) Dr. Fabian Kilchherr (2009-2015)

PhD thesis defended on Dec 22 2015

Title: "Single molecule dissection of DNA stacking forces"


(1) Dr. Thomas Martin (2010-2014)

PhD thesis defended on Feb 7 2014

Title: "Functional synthetic DNA nanostructures"

Master's students

Cora Passenberg (2023) MSc Biology

Johanna Grießing (2023) MSc Physics

Barbara Wittmann (2023) MSc Physics

Thomas Drexler (2022) MSc Physics

Anna Liedl (2022) MSc Physics

Daniela Trninic (2021) MSc Biochemistry

Nhi Pham (2021) MSc Biochemistry

Viktorija Kozina (2021) MSc Biochemistry

Christopher Frank (2021) MSc Physics

Karoline Kadletz (2020) MSc Biochemistry

Baki Nagel-Yueksel (2020) MSc Physics

Ken Sachenbacher (2020) MSc Physics

Natalie Möritz (2020) MSc Physics

Maximilian Wenig (2020) MSc Physics

Max Honemann (2019) MSc Biochemistry

Ali Khoshouei (2018) MSc Physics

Elena Willner (2018) MSc Physics

Christian Sigl (2017) MSc Physics

Pierre Stömmer (2017) MSc Physics

Massimo Kube (2017) MSc Physics

Eva Bertosin (2017) MSc Physics 

Simon Barth (2017) MSc Physics 

Christian Pfeffer (2016) MSc Physics

Anna-Katharina Pumm (2016) MSc Physics 
Christoph Noetel (2016) MSc Physics
Fabian Kohler (2015) MSc Physics 
Sofia Ramirez (2015) MSc Physics
Floris Engelhardt (2015) MSc Molecular Biotechnology
Fabian Schneider (2014) MSc Physics
Letizia Meregalli (2014) MSc Physics
Klaus Wagenbauer (2013) MSc Physics
Emanuel Pfitzner (2013) Dipl. Phys.
Michael Glück (2013) Dipl. Phys.
Jonas Funke (2012) Dipl. Phys.
Matthias Schickinger (2011) Dipl. Phys.
Christian Wachauf (2011) Dipl. Phys.
Jean-Philippe Sobczak (2011) Dipl. Phys.
Evi Stahl (2011) MSc Biochemistry
Fabian Kilchherr (2009) MSc Biochemistry

Bachelor's students

Daniel Schiewitz (2023) BSc Physics

Wanda Trautwein (2023) BSc Physics

Finn Molzahn (2022) BSc Physics

Pia Sapelza (2021) BSc Physics

Nikolina Blazevic (2021) BSc Physics

Luis Walter (2020) BSc Physics

Thomas Drexler (2019) BSc Physics

Alexander Bachev (2019) BSc Physics

Alexander Koch (2018) BSc Physics

Anna Liedl (2018) BSc Physics

Pascal Wodtke (2018) BSc Physics

Ken Sachenbacher (2018) BSc Physics

Gerion Brüggenthies (2018) BSc Biochemistry

Baki Nagel-Yüksel (2017) BSc Physics

Maximilian Wenig (2017) BSc Physics

Andrea Hegele (2017) BSc Physics

Natalie Möritz (2017) BSc Physics

Karolona Kadletz (2017) BSc Biochemistry

Viktorija Kozina (2017) BSc Biochemistry

Dominik Voglmaier (2016) BSc Physics

Kevin Meighen-Berger (2016) BSc Physics

Sonja Schlegl (2016) BSc Biochemistry

Andrea Neuner (2015) BSc Munich School of Engineering
Pascal Hauenstein (2015) BSc Physics
Fabian Seebacher (2015) BSc Biochemistry
Max Honemann (2015) BSc Biochemistry
Max Schmalhofer (2015) BSc Biochemistry
Pierre Stömmer (2014) BSc Physics
Elena-Maria Willner (2014) BSc Physics
Vera Hechtl (2014) BSc Physics
Stefan Niekamp (2013) BSc Physics
Josef Huber (2013) BSc Physics
Michael Ostertag (2013) BSc Biochemistry
Susanne Ständer (2013) BSc Biochemistry
Dominik Renn (2013) BSc Biochemistry
Korbinian Liebl (2013) BSc Physics
Fabian Schneider (2012) BSc Physics
Anna-Katharina Pumm (2012) BSc Physics
Patrick Christ (2011) BSc Physics
Enrique Lin Shiao (2011) BSc Physics
Viktor Bogischef (2011) BSc Physics
Victoria Kellner Pascual (2011) BSc Biochemistry