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Benjamin Engel investigates the structural relationships between macromolecules and cellular organelles. He is investigating how macromolecules control molecular functions and how macromolecules form and model organelles. To answer these questions, Dr. Engel's group uses cryo electron tomography to directly visualize molecular complexes within the cellular environment "in situ". They investigate numerous aspects of cell biology, but are increasingly focusing on photosynthesis. They investigate how cell architecture regulates light harvesting and carbon fixation, and show how these processes are affected by changing environmental conditions.
Benjamin Engel (born 1981) studied molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his PhD at the University of California, San Francisco, under Prof. Wallace Marshall and used genetic engineering and light microscopy to study array length control. For his postdoctoral research he moved to Munich to develop cryo-electronography with Prof. Wolfgang Baumeister at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry. In 2019 he joined the Helmholtz Pioneer Campus of Helmholtz Zentrum München as a Principal Investigator.