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Helmholtz Munich | John Heiker

YIG Molecular Obesity Research / Heiker-Lab

Our group ‘Molecular Obesity Research’ pursues several approaches to investigate protein, especially serpins and proteases, function in adipose tissue and obesity. We use our expertise in protein expression and purification to generate substantial amounts of these proteins and elucidate the structural characteristics and molecular mechanisms underlying their biologic activity. In parallel, we are dedicated to unravel their physiological function in health and disease using isolated cells, tissues and animal models. 

Our group ‘Molecular Obesity Research’ pursues several approaches to investigate protein (e.g. serpin or protease) function in adipose tissue and obesity. We use our expertise in protein expression and purification to generate substantial amounts of these proteins and elucidate the structural characteristics and molecular mechanisms underlying their biologic activity. In parallel, we are dedicated to unravel their physiological function in health and disease using isolated cells, tissues and animal models. 

Lab Members

Dr. Aleix Ribas Latre

PostDoc

Lisa Christen

PhD-Student

Kevin Möhlis

PhD-Student (CRC 1052)

Inka Rapöhn

PhD Student (CRC 1052)

Claudia Gebhardt

Technician

Publications

Contact Heiker-Lab:

PD Dr. Dr. John Heiker

YIG Leader

Leipzig