The Biophysics Group




University of Duisburg-Essen
Faculty of Physics
Biophysics Group

Dr. Artur O. Baumgaertner

Adjunct Professor (Priv.Doz.)
Faculty of Physics, University of Duisburg-Essen
47048 Duisburg, Germany


Classes at the University of Duisburg-Essen


Computational and Theoretical Biophysics :

A major research is the function of membrane proteins, e.g. ion channels, in particular, pathways (targeting), membrane integration (translocation), self-organization and transmembrane signaling.

On a mesoscopic level we explored the mechanochemical processes that coordinate neurite guidance, fasciculation and cell migration during development and regeneration of the nervous system.

Corresponding models ranging from the molecular to the coarse-grained description are developed and studied using mathematical methods and computer simulations.

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Relevant publications :

Autocatalytic polymerization generates persistent random walk of crawling cells.
R.Sambeth, A.B., Phy.Rev.Lett. 86, 5196-5199 (2001)

Shape and motility of a model cell : a computational study.
S.V.M.Satyanarayana, A.B., J.Chem.Phys. 121, 4255-4265 (2004)

Concepts in Bionanomachines : Translocators
A.B., J.Comput.Theor.Nanosci. 5, 1-39 (2008)

Biomolecular Machines
A.B., in ``Handbook of Theoretical and Computational Nanotechnology'', ed. by M.Rieth, W.Schommers, American Sci.Publ. (in press 2005)

Water molecules and hydrogen-bonded networks in bacteriorhodopsin - molecular dynamics simulations of the ground state and M intermediate.
S. Grudinin, G. Bueldt, A.B.,Biophys.J. 88, 3252-3261 (2005).

Stability of a melittin pore in a lipid bilayer : a molecular dynamics study
J.-H. Lin, A.B., Biophys.J. 78, 1714-1724 (2000)

Simulation of fluid self-avoiding membranes. Europhys.Lett. 12, 295 (1990)
Crumpling of Fluid Vesicles. A.B. and J.-S.Ho, Phys.Rev.A 41, 5747 (1990).

Polymers in disordered media. A.B. and M.Muthukumar, Adv.Chem.Phys. 94, 625-708 (1996).
A trapped polymer in random porous media. A.B. and M.Muthukumar, J.Chem.Phys. 87, 3082 (1987).
Effects of entropic barriers on polymer dynamics. A.B. and M.Muthukumar, Macromolecules 22, 1937 (1989)

Simulations of polymer models.
in Applications of Monte Carlo methods in statistical physics, ed. K.Binder, Springer, Heidelberg (1984).
Simulation of macromolecules.
in The Monte Carlo method in condensed matter physics, ed. K.Binder, Springer, Heidelberg (1995)

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Scientific Curriculum Vitae

1975, theoretical physics, diploma on ``Superconductivity in Neutron Stars''
1977, theoretical physics, thesis on ``Dynamics of Ising models and Biopolymers'', (adviser K.Binder, Saarbruecken)
1995, theoretical physics, venia legendi (Habilitation) on ``Polymers in Disordered Media'', Duisburg

Polymer Physics Research :
1978-1980, Forschungszentrum Juelich, Germany, with K. Binder
1981, Rutherfors Appleton Laboratory, England
1982-1983, IBM Research Laboratory, San Jose, and Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA, with P.J.Flory and D.Yoon
1986, University of Amherst, Dept.Poly.Sci., USA, with M.Muthukumar

Biological Physics Research :
1992-1993, Joseph Drown Fellow, The Scripps Research Institute, Dept.Mol.Biol., La Jolla, USA, with J.Skolnick
1995-2002 Head of Forum Modellierung, The Biophysics Group, Juelich

Artur Baumgaertner, born 1946 in Germany, received his doctoral degree in physics from the University of Saarbrucken (Germany) under the supervision of K. Binder. He spent most of his professional career at the Research Centre Julich (FZJ), and he is a member of the faculty of physics at the university of Duisburg-Essen. He is retired from FZJ since 2011.
In 1982 he received an IBM Fellowship for two years and worked at the IBM Research Laboratory Almaden with Do Yoon and with Paul J. Flory (Stanford University) on dense polymer systems. After two years he returned to the FZJ and worked with K. Binder on modeling and simulation of polymers. His research interests at that time was in soft matter including topics as polymers in disordered media, liquid crystal polymers, polymer dynamics, and membranes.
In 1992 he received a Joseph Drown Fellowship from The Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, USA) where he started to work in the area of molecular and celluar biological physics. In 1996 he established at the FZJ the first group on theoretical biophysics (Forum Modellierung).
The main focus of his work is on function of membrane proteins (bionanomachines) and on the self-organisation of cells (motility, migration, intracellular signaling).