Symposium in memoriam Jörg Langowski

12th October 2017 - DKFZ Communication Center - 2 pm

The German Cancer Research Center, DKFZ, will hold a memorial symposium to honour the scientific work and life of Professor Jörg Langowski, Head of the 'Division of Biophysics of Macromolecules', who died in a tragic accident in May this year. 

Theme: "Jörg's lasting contributions to science"

The invited speakers - all close colleagues, collaborators or former students of Jörg - will give an overview of their work with him and what has become of it. 

Attendance is open to all present and former colleagues, co-workers and friends of Jörg Langowski.

For better planning please register by e-mail to and

Invited Speakers

Hermann Bujard, ZMBH Heidelberg, Germany

Giberto Chirico, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy

Oleg Krichevski, Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel

Don & Ada Olins, University of New England, Portland, USA

Justin O'Sullivan, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Karsten Rippe, Bioquant Heidelberg, Germany

Claus Seidel, University of Düsseldorf, Germany

Jeremy Smith, University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge Laboratory, USA

György Vámosi, University of Debrecen, Hungary

Malte Wachsmuth, EMBL Heidelberg and Luxendo-Bruker, Germany

Gero Wedemann, University of Applied Sciences Stralsund, Germany

Thorsten Wohland, NUS Centre for Bio-Imaging Sciences, Singapore


Werner Franke, Katalin Toth, Harald Herrmann, Norbert Mücke

DKFZ Heidelberg

Scientific Program

14:00 Katalin Toth & Norbert Mücke, DKFZ Heidelberg
Jörg's adventures in the biophysics of macromolecules


14:20 Giberto Chirico, University of Milano-Bicocca
Jiggling and twisting as a DNA helix

14:40 Oleg Krichevski, Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva
Structure of superhelical DNA by super-resolution scanning fluorescence correlation spectroscopy

15:00 Claus Seidel, University of Düsseldorf
Revealing multiscale exchange dynamics in nucleosomes and chromatin fibers on the microsecond to minute time scale

15:20 Jeremy Smith, University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge Laboratory
Calculations with Joerg: various views of nucleosomes

15:40 Hermann Bujard, ZMBH Heidelberg
The power of hydrodynamics: Probing the invasion initiating protein surface complex of Malaria parasite P.falciparum in solution

16:00 Karsten Rippe, Bioquant Heidelberg
"Lighting the chaos, ordering the dark" – fluorescence microscopy in living cells to link chromatin organization and gene expression

16:20 Coffee Break

16:50 Malte Wachsmuth, EMBL Heidelberg and Luxendo-Bruker
Measuring molecular mobilities

17:10 Thorsten Wohland, NUS Centre for Bio-Imaging Sciences, Singapore
Fluorescence auto- and cross-correlation spectroscopy using array detectors

17:30 György Vámosi, University of Debrecen
Protein-protein interactions in the cell membrane and the nucleus

17:50 Gero Wedemann, University of Applied Sciences, Stralsund
From DNA to chromatin. Understanding regulation of the spatial structure with computer simulations

18:10 Justin O'Sullivan, University of Auckland
A fleeting moment in the description of nuclear organization

18:30 Ada Olins, University of New England, Portland
Epichromatin: Nucleosomes at the nuclear surface

18:40 Don Olins, University of New England, Portland
Chromomeres: 135 Years Later

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Memorial Issue of Biophysical Journal

Call for Articles

A memorial issue of Biophysical Journal is being planned, with a December 1, 2017, article submission deadline. They welcome contributions that honor Jörg’s dedication to biophysics and frontier research to the subject dear to him - dynamics of DNA complexes and chromatin systems - by innovative experimental and modeling approaches. Contact: Tamar Schlick

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