Andre Berndt

Andre Berndt

Assistant Professor, Bioengineering

Andre Berndt

  • Ph.D. Experimental Biophysics, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, 2011
  • M.Sc. Experimental and Theoretical Biophysics, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, 2007

Andre Berndt joins Bioengineering this winter as an assistant professor in the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. Previously he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University where his structure-guided engineering of light-gated ion channels enabled new modes to control brain activity in animals by light, and broadened the application range of optogenetics, the use of light activated proteins to control cells in living tissue.

Andre’s research focuses on the development of protein based bio-sensors and actuators to monitor and control the activity of cells with maximum precision. He plans to utilize these tools to expand optogenetic approaches into organs such as the heart and pancreas as well as stem cells.