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Prof. Dr.
Jan C. Behrends

Institute of Physiology
Department of Physiology II
Phone: 0049-761-203-5146


  • 1992-1993 INSERM-Fellowship, Institut Pasteur, Paris
  • 1993 Fellow of the DFG, Max-Planck-Institute for Psychiatry, Martinsried, Dept. of Neurophysiology
  • 1994-2002 Assistant Professor, University of Munich
  • 2002 Habilitation (Physiology), University of Munich
  • Since 2003 Professor of Physiology (C3), University of Freiburg

Focus of research

  • Single molecule detection and characterization of synthetic and biological polymers with nanopores
  • Method development for electrophysiology and electrophysiological high-throughput analytics
  • Synaptic transmission, exocytosis

Selected publications

  • Baaken G, Halimeh I, Bacri L, Pelta J, Oukhaled A, Behrends JC. High-Resolution Size-Discrimination of Single Nonionic Synthetic Polymers with a Highly Charged Biological Nanopore. ACS Nano. 2015; 23;9(6):6443-9.
  • del Rio Martinez JM, Zaitseva E, Petersen S, Baaken G, Behrends JC. Automated formation of lipid membrane microarrays for ionic single-molecule sensing with protein nanopores. Small. 2015; 11(1):119-25.
  • Baaken G, Ankri N, Schuler AK, Rühe J, Behrends JC. Nanopore-based single-molecule mass spectrometry on a lipid membrane microarray. ACS Nano. 2011; 5(10):8080-8.
  • Baaken G, Sondermann M, Schlemmer C, Rühe J, Behrends JC. Planar microelectrode-cavity array for high-resolution and parallel electrical recording of membrane ionic currents. Lab Chip. 2008; 8(6):938-44.

Research methods

  • Automated, parallel elektrophysiology on synthetic membranes (Nanion Orbit-16, Orbit mini)