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Prof. Dr. Barbara Di Ventura


Prof. Dr.
Barbara Di Ventura

Institute of Biology II

Group: Biological Signalling Research

Phone: +49 (0)761 203-2764



Focus of research

  • Synthetic biology
  • Optogenetics
  • Dynamical processes


  • Since 2017 Full Professor (W3) in Biological Signalling Research, BIOSS – Centre for Biological Signalling Studies and Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg
  • 2011-2017 Head of the synthetic biology group at BioQuant, Heidelberg
  • 2010-2011 Visiting scientist at the MPI for terrestrial microbiology, Marburg
  • 2008-2011 Post-doctoral fellow in Victor Sourjik’s lab (BIOMS fellow), University of Heidelberg
  • 2002-2006 Doctoral degree in Natural Sciences, EMBL Heidelberg, Luis Serrano’s lab
  • 1996-2002 Graduation in Computer Engineering, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy 

Selected publications

  • Optogenetic control of nuclear protein export. D. Niopek, P. Wehler, J. Roensch, R. Eils, B. Di Ventura. Nat Commun. 2016;7:10624.
  • Go in! Go out! Inducible control of nuclear localization. B. Di Ventura, B. Kuhlman. Curr Opin Chem Biol. 2016;34:62-71.
  • Backbone circularization of Bacillus subtilis family 11 xylanase increases its thermostability and its resistance against aggregation. M. C. Waldhauer, S. N. Schmitz, C. Ahlmann-Eltze, J. G. Gleixner, C. C. Schmelas, A. G. Huhn, C. Bunne, M. Buscher, M. Horn, N. Klughammer, J. Kreft, E. Schafer, P. A. Bayer, S. G. Kramer, J. Neugebauer, P. Wehler, M. P. Mayer, R. Eils, B. Di Ventura. Mol Biosyst. 2015;11(12):3231-43.
  • Engineering light-inducible nuclear localization signals for precise spatiotemporal control of protein dynamics in living cells. D. Niopek, D. Benzinger, J. Roensch, T. Draebing, P. Wehler, R. Eils, B. Di Ventura. 
  • Nat Commun. 2014;5:4404.
  • Chromosome segregation by the Escherichia coli Min system. B. Di Ventura, B. Knecht, H. Andreas, W. J. Godinez, M. Fritsche, K. Rohr, W. Nickel, D. W. Heermann, V. Sourjik. Mol Syst Biol. 2013;9:686.


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