Chembion Activities
  • 3rd Chembion Symposium

    3rd Chembion Symposium, 8th February 2022

    © J. Stepper
    © J. Stepper
  • Female Leadership Workshop

    Female Leadership Workshop, 8th & 9th November 2021

    Female Leadership Workshop, 8th & 9th November 2021, Rüters Parkhotel in Willingen

    The workshop included scientifically based knowledge of different leadership styles in the 21st century. Furthermore, the participants were provided with practical skills and self-reflection to develop and enhance their personal leadership style in the sciences. A particular focus lay also on communication skills, including non-verbal and para-verbal communication, as well as preventation and resolution of conflicts. The teaching of these skills was supported by critical examples provided by the participants.

    We would like to thank Dr. Imke Lode for leading this workshop. The participants had a very positive experience learning new skills.

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  • 2nd Chembion Retreat

    2nd Chembion Retreat, 22nd & 23rd September 2021

    © J Stepper

    2nd Chembion Retreat, 22nd & 23rd September 2021

    The 2nd Chembion Retreat took place at Schloss Raesfeld at the end of September. The Chembion team members enjoyed the beautiful location, good food and interesting scientific talks and discussions.

    © J Stepper, M Wojciechowski
  • Science Publishing Workshop

    Science Publishing Workshop, 29th June 2021

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  • 2nd Chembion Symposium

    2nd Chembion Symposium, 9th February 2021

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    9:15 Welcome to Chembion
    Prof. Dr. Bernhard Wünsch
    Spokesperson of RTG Chembion
    9:30 Illuminating NMDA receptor structure and function using molecular optogenetics
    Dr. Pierre Paoletti
    Institut de Biologie de l'École Normale Supérieure
    10:30 Mitochondrial Ion Channel in Cancer
    Prof. Dr. Ildikò Szabò
    University of Padova
    11:30 We are Chembion
    1-minute presentations by the PhD students of Chembion
    12:15 Lunch Break

    Virtual Poster Session (using ‘’)
    PhD students of Chembion

    16:00 Coffee Break
    16:15 Engineering Approaches to Understand Functional Connectivity in Neocortex
    Prof. Dr. John White
    Boston University
    17:15 K2P Channel Gating - Caught in the Act
    Prof. Dr. Daniel Minor
    University of California
    18:15 Closing words
    Prof. Dr. Bernhard Wünsch
    Spokesperson of RTG Chembion


  • Presentation & Negotiation Workshop

    Presentation & Negotiation Workshop, 23rd Oct., 6th Nov & 20th Nov 2020

    The presentaion and negotiation workshop was given by Annie Bordeleau and divided into the following topics:

    Focused Presentations I: Presence

    Focused Presentations II: Connection and Goal

    Focused Presentations III: Structure and Attention

    Focused Presentations IV: Engaging a Discussion (Q&A)


    Negotiating I: Harvard Model and Preparation

    Negotiating II: Practice with own topic


  • 1st Chembion Retreat

    1st Chembion Retreat, 29th & 30th September 2020

    1st Chembion Online Retreat on 29th & 30th September 2020


    Members of RTG Chembion
    Members of RTG Chembion
    © J Stepper

    Our first Chembion Retreat took place on 29th & 30th September 2020. The event was mostly carried out online due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

    However, we were very happy to welcome four distinguished keynote lecturers. The online presentations were given by Prof. Dr. Kümmel and Prof. Dr. Kuhlmann of the WWU Münster and Prof. Dr. Gouaux from Portland, as well as Dr. Seifert from Bonn (see details below).

    Furthermore, we had 12 fantastic online talks by Chembion PhD students, who presented their current research (see details below). A separate project discussion session gave all PhD students belonging to the RTG Chembion the opportunity to brievly present and discuss their work.

    The Chembion members also met up for two online breakout sessions. During the first session we learned about the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the process involved in the application of the research training group Chembion. In the second session a lively discussion about ‚How to write a paper‘ ensued, where many interesting aspects were raised.

    Chembion Retreat
    Chembion Retreat
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    Keynote lectures

    Prof. Dr. Daniel Kümmel
    ‘Peptide inhibitors of the α-cobratoxin/nicotinic acetylcholine receptor interaction’



    Prof. Dr. Daniel Kümmel
    Prof. Dr. Daniel Kümmel
    © J Stepper
    Prof. Dr. Eric Gouaux
    Prof. Dr. Eric Gouaux
    © J Stepper

    Prof. Dr. Tanja Kuhlmann
    ‘How to wrap the myelin: What can we learn from stem cells?’


    Prof. Dr. Tanja Kuhlmann
    Prof. Dr. Tanja Kuhlmann
    © J Stepper


    Dr. Reinhard Seifert
    ‘Even funnier: Hyperpolarization-activated channels selective for protons’



    Dr. Reinhard Seifert
    Dr. Reinhard Seifert
    © J Stepper

    PhD Student talks

    Marvin Korff
    ‘Synthesis of benzsuberol-derived beta- and gamma-aminoalcohols as novel GluN2B-selective NMDA receptor antagonists’
    Ruben Steigerwald
    ‘Analysis and Determination of the Binding Configuration of Negative Allosteric Modulators at GluN1/2A-NMDA-Receptors’
    Elena Bechthold
    ‘Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of GluN2B receptor antagonists’
    Héctor Noguera Hurtado
    ‘Use of NMDA receptor antagonists as a new therapeutic approach for type 2 diabetes mellitus’
    Magdalena Wojciechowski
    ‘HCN 4 channels: development of a ligand binding assay’
    Sarah Maskri
    ‘In silico studies using MD simulation and molecular design of ion channels (focus on KCa3.1 and HCN channels) and GPCR (focus on FPRs)’
    Tiffany Paulisch
    ‘Imidazolium based lipid analogues - Creating a toolbox for biomembrane investigations‘
    Luca Matteo Todesca
    ‘KCa3.1 Channel in Tumor Pathophysiolohy: role in the Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Chemo-resistance’
    Christoph Post
    ‘Ion channels in the volume regulation of tumor cells’
    Thorsten Loeck
    ‘Calcium dependent mechanisms underlying the activation of pancreatic stellate cells: microenvironmental focus on PDAC invasion’
    Nadine Ritter
    ‘Small molecule interactions with NMDA receptors’
    Janosch Menke
    ‘Using Neural Networks to Improve the Screening for Ion Channel Modulators’


  • Good Scientific Practice

    Good Scientific Practice, 16th June 2020 and 1st, 2nd, 9th & 10th December 2020

    Good Scientific Practice

    The primary objective of this workshop is for participants to develop their skills as ethical scientists. A well-balanced combination of theoretical input and interactive hands-on activities will allow participants to reflect on their own scientific practice in relation to relevant local, national and international guidelines and come up with strategies for identifying and overcoming scientific misconduct in their immediate environment. Participants will receive links to relevant materials and contact persons for future reference.

    This workshop will cover:

    1. Theoretical considerations in research ethics and their practical application

    2. Scientific misconduct

    3. Data acquisition & management

    4. Mentoring and supervision

    5. Collaboration

    6. Publication and peer review

    This workshop is designed in line with recommendations and rules on good scientific practice of the WWU and its faculties, the DFG and its Ombuds Committee for scientific integrity, and the German Rectors’ Conference.

    This workshop was prepared and carried out by Dr. Iva Ognjanovic from the WWU Graduate Centre.

  • 1st Chembion Symposium

    1st Chembion Symposium, 5th June 2020

    1st Chembion Online Symposium on 5th June 2020

    The first Chembion Symposium took place on Friday, 5th July 2020 and was carried out online due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Two excellent speakers presented their work on ion channels. First, Prof. Arcangeli gave us an overview of her research into hERG1 channels, followed by Prof. Melacini presenting his work into the mechanisms of HCN gating.

    Prof. Dr. Annarosa Arcangeli
    Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, University of Firenze, Italy
    "Targeting hERG1 channels for a therapeutic approach to cancer”

    Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Melacini
    Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences, McMaster University, Canada
    "Mechanisms for HCN gating”

  • Opening Ceremony

    Opening Ceremony, 28th January 2020

    Chembion Opening Ceremony in the Schloss Münster, 28th January 2020

    Chembion Eröffnungsfeier
    fLTR: Prof. Dr. Humpf (Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy), Prof. Dr. Schlatt (Vice Dean of the Medical Faculty), Luca Fazio (Chembion PhD Student), Prof. Dr. Düfer (Chembion Steering Commitee), Katrin Brömmel (PhD Student associated with Chembion), Prof. Dr. Biel (celebratorial opening lecturer), Dr. Judith Stepper (Chembion coordinator), Prof. Dr. Wünsch (Chembion spokesperson), Prof. Dr. Budde (Chembion vice-spokesperson)
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    “Chembion” (“Chemical Biology of Ion Channels”) is a new Research Training Group (RTG) at the University of Münster. It was approved by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in mid-2019 and is going to start its activities now. The RTG will receive approximately four million Euros for four and a half years. The international programme of the RTG is held in English and international doctoral students from the fields of medicine, pharmacy and chemistry are attracted. In joint research projects they work on controlling so-called ion channels in cell membranes. In this interview with Juliane Albrecht, Chembion spokesperson Prof. Bernhard Wünsch from the Institute of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Münster explains the challenges involved. Please continue reading...

  • Chembion Kick-Off Meeting
    Members of Chembion at the Kick-Off Meeting
    © Sr. Josit

    Kick-Off Meeting on 14th & 15th November 2019

    On the 14th and 15th November 2019, the Research Training Group Chembion held their Kick-Off Meeting in Haus Mariengrund in Münster, Gievenbeck. We were welcomed by Sister Josit and enjoyed the good food and calm atmosphere there.

    The Kick-Off Meeting brought together PIs, postdocs and doctoral students from the medical faculty and the natural sciences to start off the interdisciplinary thinking and understanding aimed for by the Research Training Group Chembion.

    Each day started with presentations introducing various methods and techniques, which are commonly used in the different laboratories taking part in the Research Training Group Chembion. These more technical presentations were followed by the PIs introducing their field of research and establishing a common level of knowledge. Subsequently, the doctoral students presented their results to date and outlined their plans for their future work.

    As a team-building activity, the Kick-Off Meeting provided a chance for all participants of Chembion to get to know each other and offered the basis for networking. A further very enjoyable team-building activity was to go bowling in the evening of the 14th November at Bowltreff in Roxel.