Dr. Víctor A. Lórenz-Fonfría
Institute of Experimental Physics, Department of Physics, Freie Universität Berlin
Dynamics and function of membrane transporters and ion channels by vibrational spectroscopy
Degree in chemistry (1997) by the Universitat de València and PhD in biochemistry (2003) by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), the latter under the supervision of Prof. Padrós. Postdoctoral stage for over 3 years in the group of Prof. Kandori (Department of Material Science, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan), with the support of a Fellowship from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science. In 2008, moved to the Center for Biophysical Studies (UAB, Spain), awarded by a Marie Curie Reintegration Grant. From 2011 in the group of Prof. Heberle, at the Institute of Experimental Physics of Freie Universiät Berlin. In 2014 awarded by the Ramon y Cajal program to continue his research from the end of 2015 at the Universitat de València.
His interests include the dynamics and function of membrane proteins from a molecular perspective. His research mostly relies on state-of-the-art steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopies, mostly vibrational techniques, combined with advance data analysis. The main systems he studied so far include the light-gated ion channels channelrhodopsin-1 and channelrhodopsin-2; the proton/Cl- pumps bacteriorhodosin and halorhodopsin; the GPCR photoreceptor visual rhodopsin; the Na+-coupled sugar transporter melibiose permease and the mitochondrial ADP/ATP exchanger.
Author of 38 original research publications, 2 reviews and 1 book chapter, he is the first author in 24 publications and corresponding author in 14 publications.