Prof. Dr. Gil Westmeyer

Academic Career and Research Areas

The work of Professor Westmeyer focuses on biological engineering of next-generation molecular sensors and actuators for functional imaging and remote spatiotemporal control of cellular processes with whole organ(ism) coverage. To this end, mammalian cell engineering, nanotechnology, and synthetic biology techniques are combined with multiscale molecular imaging ranging from correlative Electron Microscopy to Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The genetically controlled molecular tools are applied for dynamic analyses of organoids and neurobehavioral imaging of preclinical model organisms to dissect cellular network function and contribute to future imaging-controlled tissue engineering and cell therapies.

Professor Westmeyer studied medicine and philosophy in Munich and conducted his doctoral work on the molecular basis of Alzheimer’s disease in Professor Christian Haass’ laboratory before receiving a part of his clinical education at Harvard Medical School. He then worked with Professor Alan Jasanoff as a postdoctoral fellow at M.I.T before he joined TUM. Professor Westmeyer is currently Professor of Neurobiological Engineering at TUM School of Natural Sciences and TUM School of Medicine and is also the Director of the Institute for Synthetic Biomedicine at Helmholtz Center Munich.

    Awards

    • ERC Consolidator Grant "EMcapsulins" (2019) and ERC Starting Grant „MagnetoGenetics“ (2013)
    • Helmholtz Young Investigator's Group (2011)
    • Innovative Research Award for Biomedical Technology “Stiftung Familie Klee” (2005)
    • Scholarship of the Munich-Harvard Alliance for Medical Education (2004)
    • Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung) (2002-2004)

    Sigmund F, Massner C, Erdmann P, Stelzl A, Rolbieski H, Fuchs H, de Angelis M H, Desai M, Bricault S, Jasanoff A, Ntziachristos V, Plitzko J, Westmeyer GG: "Bacterial encapsulins as orthogonal compartments for mammalian cell engineering". Nat Commun. 2018; 9: 1990.

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    Myklatun A, Lauri A, Eder S H K, Cappetta M, Shcherbakov D, Wurst W, Winklhofer M, Westmeyer, GG: “Zebrafish and medaka offer insights into the neurobehavioral correlates of vertebrate magnetoreception.” Nat Commun. 2018; 9: 802.

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    Massner C, Sigmund F, Pettinger S, Seeger M, Hartmann C, Ivleva N P, Niessner R, Fuchs H, de Angelis, M H, Stelzl A, Koonakampully N L, Rolbieski H, Wiedwald U, Spasova M, Wurst W, Ntziachristos V, Winklhofer M, Westmeyer GG: "Genetically Controlled Lysosomal Entrapment of Superparamagnetic Ferritin for Multimodal and Multiscale Imaging and Actuation with Low Tissue Attenuation". Adv. Funct. Mater. 2018; 11: 1706793.

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    Symvoulidis P, Lauri A, Stefanoiu A, Cappetta M, Schneider S, Jia H, Stelzl A, Koch M, Perez C C, Myklatun A, Renninger S, Chmyrov A, Lasser T, Wurst W, Ntziachristos V, Westmeyer, GG: "NeuBtracker - imaging neurobehavioral dynamics in freely behaving fish". Nat Methods. 2017; 14: 1079–1082.

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    Roberts S, Seeger M, Jiang Y, Mishra A, Sigmund F, Stelzl A, Lauri A, Symvoulidis P, Rolbieski H, Preller M, Deán-Ben X L, Razansky D, Orschmann T, Desbordes S C, Vetschera P, Bach T, Ntziachristos V, Westmeyer GG: "Calcium Sensor for Photoacoustic Imaging". J Am Chem Soc. 2017; 140: 2718–2721.

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