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Prof. Hagn's (*1977) research is focused on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy of membrane proteins. This protein class is essential for signal transduction and the transfer of proteins and small molecules across the biological membrane barrier. The key to understanding these processes is to study these systems in a native environment provided by a phospholipid bilayer. Biologically relevant systems of interest are membrane proteins in mitochondria and chloroplasts, characterization of the dynamical aspects of intramembrane proteolysis, and G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) and their associated G-proteins, which are involved in metabolic diseases, neurological disorders and cancer. Prof. Hagn studied biochemistry at Bayreuth and Stockholm and received his doctorate from TUM for a thesis on structural and functional studies of molecular chaperones, tumorsuppressor and spider silk proteins. After a short postdoctoral stay at TUM, he went to Harvard Medical School in 2010. In 2014, he accepted a Rudolf Mößbauer assistant professorship at the TUM Institute for Advanced Study and has been a group leader in structural biology at the Helmholtz Zentrum München since 2015.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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