About us – University of Copenhagen

About the Membrane group

The Membrane Biophysics Group focuses on experimental and theoretical thermodynamics applied to artificial and biological membranes, and on neuroscience.

The Membrane Biophysics Group was founded in 1997 at the Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen/Germany. Its creation was part of a Heisenberg Fellowship obtained by the principal investigator (Thomas Heimburg). The group moved to the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen in 2003.

  • Financing in Germany came from the „Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft“, the „Volkswagenstiftung“ and the „Max-Planck Society“.
  • Funding sources in Denmark were the „Frie Forskningsråd“, the „Carlsberg Foundation“, the „European Union“, the "University of Copenhagen (Stjerneprogram)" and the "Velux Foundation“.
  • Presently, the group profits from a major grant from the "Villum Foundation“.

Our main techniques are calorimetry, atomic force microscopy, electrophysiology, and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy.