Prof. Dr. Berenike Maier

Universität zu Köln

Zülpicher Str. 77
50937 Köln



Tel: +49 221 470 8046
Fax: +49 221 470 6230
Email: berenike.maier(at)


Since 2011 Professor for Biophysics at the Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Cologne
2004-2011 Professor for Single Molecule Biophysics at the Institut für Allgemeine Zoologie und Genetik, Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster
2004 Leader of Emmy-Noether research group at the Department für Physik, Ludwig Maximilians Universität München
2001-2003 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Columbia University, New York with Prof. Michael Sheetz
1998-1999 Internship at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris with Profs. David Bensimon and Vincent Croquette


1998-2001 PhD, Technische Universität München with Prof. Erich Sackmann
1992-1998 Diploma in physics, Technische Universität München

Research Interests

Mechanics and regulation of molecular motors, in particular those supporting bacterial gene transfer and type IV pilus retraction