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The work of Professor Westmeyer focuses on biological engineering of next-generation molecular sensors and actuators for functional imaging and remote spatiotemporal control of cellular processes with whole organ(ism) coverage. To this end, mammalian cell engineering, nanotechnology, and synthetic biology techniques are combined with multiscale molecular imaging ranging from correlative Electron Microscopy to Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The genetically controlled molecular tools are applied for dynamic analyses of organoids and neurobehavioral imaging of preclinical model organisms to dissect cellular network function and contribute to future imaging-controlled tissue engineering and cell therapies.

Professor Westmeyer studied medicine and philosophy in Munich and conducted his doctoral work on the molecular basis of Alzheimer’s disease in Professor Christian Haass’ laboratory before receiving a part of his clinical education at Harvard Medical School. He then worked with Professor Alan Jasanoff as a postdoctoral fellow at M.I.T before he joined TUM. Professor Westmeyer is currently Professor of Neurobiological Engineering at TUM School of Natural Sciences and TUM School of Medicine and is also the Director of the Institute for Synthetic Biomedicine at Helmholtz Center Munich.

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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