The 3rd Interdisciplinary Symposium took place today! As always, it was great fun and featured talks from all over the university! Visiting the MAMI accelerator and A1 spectrometers was especially exciting! (Program can be found here: 3rd Interdisciplinary Symposium). From our lab, Erika presented her work on TRP channels AND she won an award for the best talk! Congratulations!

Erika and Tommy (AG May-Simera) won Best Talk Awards at the 3rd Interdisciplinary Symposium! Congratulations! 🙂








A warm welcome to our new F2 intern/Master student Kerstin! Good luck and lots of fun with all your experiments! 🙂

Helau from the Rosenmontagszug 2018!


Congratulations Pauline for submitting your BSc thesis!


Dania was awarded a FEBS Travel fellowship for the 2018 ABC Meeting in Innsbruck! Congratulations, Dania! 🙂


Our new paper "Permeating disciplines: overcoming barriers between molecular simulations and classical structure-function approaches in biological ion transport", inspired by the 2017 CECAM workshop co-organized by Ute was just accepted in BBA Biomembranes!


Congratulations Daniel for submitting your BSc thesis and welcome back to the lab as a student researcher!


Happy (very) belated Halloween! We nonetheless had great fun carving pumpkins and making soup!


Our new review "Comparison of mechanistic transport cycle models of ABC exporters" was accepted in BBA Biomembranes! Congratulations Dania!


A big welcome to our new Master student, Luca! 🙂


Wine tasting and Jazz concert with our good friends from Physics, the AK Berger!!! We had a lot of fun in this interdisciplinary mingle and getting a sense of what Mainz has to offer!


The second BioChem Symposium with talks from PhD students from Biochemistry and Biology takes place today! This event was organized by PhD students from AK Schneider and our group and features talks by Dania and Benedikt!


A warm welcome to our newest two group members - Bachelor student Pauline and Erasmus fellow Blanca from Barcelona! Have a lot of fun with your experiments! 🙂

04.10. - 07.10.2017

It's Meeting time! Erika is off to Strasbourg to learn about "Ion channels in hormonal homeostasis: TRP channels and Calcium Signalling" while the rest of the lab joins the "New Horizons in Membrane Transport and Communication Symposium" in Frankfurt, where Benedikt will give a talk about his work!


Good-bye from the lab, Franzi - we will miss you a lot!!!


Erika was awarded a TransMED PhD fellowship! Congratulations, Erika! 🙂


A warm welcome to our new Bachelor student, Daniel! Good luck and lots of fun with your experiments! 🙂


A new paper describing the development of inhibitors for thodesain and falcipain, proteases important in the parasitesTrypanosoma brucei causing African Sleeping Sickness and Plasmodium falciparum causing Malaria has just been accepted in J. Med. Chem! From our lab, Annika was involved - congratulations! This was a highly collaborrative project between multiple groups in Mainz and Heidelberg, at UCSF, at the Universities of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli and Messina, Italy, as well as Université de Sfax, Tunisia. Congratulations to everyone!


Dania was awarded a PhD fellowship of the Hans Böckler Stiftung. Congratulations, Dania! 🙂


Ute is off to the RCSA (reserach coorperation for science advancement) conference "More viewpoints - better science" which brings together the US-based Cottrell Scholars and the Germany-based Fulbright-Cottrell Scholars to discuss ideas and new approaches in research and teaching.

From left to right: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Olalla Vázquez, Dan Linzer (RCSA, Incoming President), PD Dr. Sebastian Slama, Danny Gasch (RCSA, Interim President and Chief Financial Officer), Silvia Ronco (RCSA, Senior Program Director), Jun.-Prof. Dr. Ute Hellmich.

24. - 30.6.2017

Dania, Bene and Ute are off to the Gordon Research Seminar and Conference "Mechanisms of Membrane Transport" in New England where Ute is chairing the GRS!


Congratulations Sarah for submitting your Bachelor thesis! 🙂


Welcome to our new intern Carolyn from the University of  Tennessee, Knoxville and congratulations for your DAAD-RISE fellowship! 🙂


A warm welcome to our new intern from Tübingen University, Doro! Good luck with everything! 🙂


Our new paper describing the NMR backbone assignments of the essential oxidoreductase tryparedoxin from Trypanosoma brucei in the oxidized and reduced forms as a prerequisite to test new drugs against African Sleeping Sickness has just been accepted! Congratulations Annika and Erika!


Welcome Sarah, our new intern from the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma and congratulations for your DAAD-RISE fellowship! Good luck with everything and enjoy your German experience! 🙂


Welcome back Erika! 🙂 Good luck with everything!






The first jointly organized Symposium for PhD students from the biology and the biochemistry groups at the JGU took place today: BioChem 2017! From our group, Annika presented her newest results on essential proteins from the parasite Trypanosoma brucei, which causes African Sleeping Sickness!

03.04. - 05.04.2017

Ute is off to Lausanne for the CECAM (Centre Europeene de Calcul Atomique et Moleculaire) Meeting "Ion Transport from Physics to Physiology - the missing rungs in the ladder" that she co-organized with Reba Howard and Lucie Delemotte from Stockholm and Vincenzo Carnevale and Brad Rothberg from Philadelphia. The meeting brings together researchers fascinated by ion translocation across biological membranes from a broad range of disciplines, such as computational biologists and wet lab experimentalists to discuss common goals and needs as well as ways to bridge existing (communication) divides.


Ute received the Cottrell-Fulbright Award 2017! from the press release: "With its Cottrell-Fulbright Award, the German-American Fulbright Commission in Berlin offers a unique opportunity for researchers in the fields of Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, and Biochemistry. It rewards outstanding teacher-scholars who are recognized by their scientific communities on both sides of the Atlantic for the quality and innovation of their research programs and their academic leadership skills." (picture: ©Fulbright-Kommission/David Ausserhofer)


Congratulations Erika for submitting your Master thesis! 🙂


The 2nd Interdisciplinary Symposium took place today! This meeting featured twelve talks by students from five Fachbereiche (FB 02, 05, 08, 09, 10), covering everything from particle physics to psychology, from molecular biology to movie science, from journalism to economics... at least as much fun as last year's symposium! From our lab, Annika presented on how to fight African Sleeping Sickness and Franzi spoke about her work towards cures for Dengue and Zika fever. 

Here you can find the full programme: 2nd Interdisciplinary Symposium_Programm




Welcome Robin, our exchange student from Middlebury College, VT, USA! Have a lot of fun in Deutschland! 😀


Welcome to the team, Marie! Good luck with everything! 🙂


Benedikt was accepted into the Max Planck Graduate Center! Congratulations, Bene! 🙂


Congratulations Valentin for submitting your Bachelor thesis!


Franzi was selected as a junior member of the Gutenberg Academy! From the website: "The Gutenberg Academy brings up to 25 of the University's best PhD students and artists together and provides them with the chance to participate in an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas at the highest intellectual level." Congratulations, Franzi! 🙂


A big welcome to our new Bachelor student, Sarah. Good luck and have fun with all your experiments! 🙂


The lab organized this year's IPB Christmas Party!

It was so much fun - thanks to all IPB members for joining us!



Christmas Party Time!


Congratulations Tina for submitting your bachelor thesis! 🙂


Happy Halloween 2016 from the Hellmich Lab!!!



Our new intern Lisa starts her "Vertiefungsmodul" for her MSc "Molekulare Biotechnologie" with us! We are happy to welcome our neighbor from Frankfurt University to Mainz!


Time for our biannual trip to watch Mainz 05 - this time defeating Darmstadt 2:1!



Welcome new BSc student Valentin! Good luck with everything!


Jenny's (AK Schneider) and Dania's review was just accepted. Congratulations!


Our paper on novel inhibitors for parasitic cysteine proteases has just been accepted!

This was a collaboration between the Schirmeister group (Pharmacy @ Uni Mainz), the Engels group in Würzburg, the Krauth-Siegel group in Heidelberg and the Gonzalez group in Castella, Spain. Congratulations to everybody!




Ute won the prize for the best talk at the Symposium for Bioorganic Chemistry in Jena! 🙂


We took our first official lab trip to Phantasialand - it was so much fun!!!


Congratulations Sarah for submitting your bachelor thesis!!!


A warm welcome to our new bachelor student, Tina!!!


Our research made it onto the cover of Der Spiegel 🙂

(and other lab impressions)

Das gefährlichste Tier der Welt













Congratulations Melanie for submitting your bachelor thesis!!! 🙂


A collaborative paper by the Schirmeister, Wich, Tenzer and Hellmich groups from Mainz and the Engels group from Würzburg has just been accepted for publication in JACS. Congratulations to everyone!





Have you filled out your brackets yet? Our current ranking after every team has played in the Eurocup 2016 once:


Erika joins the lab as a Master student - welcome and good luck with everything!

And Benedikt rejoins as a PhD student - welcome back and lots of fun and success for the ride ahead!


Congratulations Benedikt for submitting your MSc thesis!!!! 🙂


Final game of the season, Mainz vs Hertha with the AK Hellmich family and friends!























A fantastic first (of hopefully many to come) meeting took place in Mainz today! The "Fächerübergreifendes Symposium 2016" featured talks by students from five Fachbereiche (FB 02, 05, 08, 09, 10), covering everything from particle physics to psychology, from molecular biology to movie science, from journalism to economics... Overall a fantastic success! From our lab, Dania presented her work on ABC transporters and Benedikt spoke about TRP channels. 

Here you can find the full programme: Programm_Fächerübergreifendes Symposium_final

Interdisciplinary Symposium 2016


And we just heard that our adopted group member Franzi (AK Schirmeister) ALSO won the poster award at her DPhG meeting for the presentation of her work on dengue virus protease! Congratulations, Franzi! 🙂


Danias PosterprizeDania wins a poster prize at the "2016 ABC Meeting: From Multidrug Resistance to Genetic Disease"! Congratulations!!! 🙂


Congratulations Yvonne for submitting your Bachelor thesis!


It's Meeting time! Benedikt, Dania, Franzi and Andrea are on their way to the 2nd G-NMR School at the BMRZ in Frankfurt, at the end of the week Annika and Tina will go to Berlin and hear about "Cutting Edge Concepts in Molecular Pharmacology: GPCRs - G-Proteins – TRP channels" before Dania and Ute are off to Innsbruck to present their talks and a poster at the "2016 ABC Meeting: From Multidrug Resistance to Genetic Disease"!


Welcome new group members Melanie and Sarah! Good luck and lots of fun with your projects!!! 🙂


In 2016, Science = Art !?! is back with a contribution from Andrea and her BSc student Sabrina. They are currently in their Blue Period (but much happier than Picasso was):


Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year! We were psyched to host a Christmas party with all our past, present and future members!


Welcome new group member Annika!!! 🙂 Good luck with everything!


Science=Art continues!!! (with contributions from Yvonne and Bene)


HAPPY HALLOWEEN from the Hellmich lab!!!!!!
















Our new paper studying global and local dynamic consequences of nucleotide binding to an ABC transporter by solid-state and solution NMR is out today!






A warm welcome to our first BSc student, Yvonne! We hope that you enjoy your time with us and learn something, too. 🙂


Our first Lab Outing sent us to that most popular of all German pastimes - soccer!

Our homebase club Mainz 05 played against Hoffenheim and Mainz (rightfully) won 3:1! Good omens for the future?!? 🙂


Happy and sad news on the same day: Welcome new group member Dania! And good-bye Nina, we are sad to see you go and will miss you but wish you all the best with your new adventures!!!


The whole team visited the GDCh NMR Meeting in Darmstadt! We let old spins evolve, flipped a few new ones and had a great time learning what's new in magnetic resonance!!!!


Our lab now has their own state of the art high-field NMR spectrometer!!!!


Welcome new intern Benedikt! We really like it when chemists get that BIOchemistry is cool, too 🙂


Welcome new grad student Tina! It's probably not a coincidence that the sun is shining today! 🙂


Spotted outside the lab this morning: potential Bachelor students or just the cool kids hanging out?!?


Science = Art?!?


There are some real perks to working in a lab - sunsets and free gummibears!


We are making progress! First little experiments up and running and the place starts to look like a real lab...


The lab has officially opened! It is still very empty, but boxes are beginning to pour in...