Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Dr. Peter Kovermann received his PhD in 2004 at the department of biophysics in the university of Osnabrück (Germany) for his dissertation in mitochondrial protein import. From 2004 to 2007, he worked as a postdoc at the University of Zurich (Switzerland) in the Institute for Plant Physiology on organellar ion channels in plants. In the following, he started his work in the group of Prof. Christoph Fahlke in the Institute for Neurophysiology at the Hanover Medical School and moved in 2012 with the group to the Forschungszentrum Julich. The main focus of Dr. Peter Kovermann is the functional characterization of neuronal and glial membrane proteins with an emphasis on disease-associated missense-mutations. His method spectrum encompasses biochemical and electrophysiological experiments on cell cultures or acute animal tissue slices and the behavioral testing of and immune histology of animal disease models. Another key aspect are fluorescence-based methods to study the ion concentrations and their homeostasis in cells or within organelles, and their pathological changes in neuronal disorders.