PI: Reinhard Schweitzer-Stenner

2016

 
 

Personal Information:


Date of Birth: February 13, 1953

Citizenship: Germany

Major Research Interests: Biochemical Physics, Spectroscopy, Chemical Immunology

Non professional interests: Reading of classical literature, classical music and opera, Old Testament theology



Address: 

Office: Department of Chemistry, Drexel University, 32nd and Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

e.mail: rschweitzer-stenner@drexel.edu

phone: 215-895-2268, Fax: 215-895-1265.

Private: 89 Ferne Blvd. Apt.9, Drexel Hill, PA 19026, phone: 610-624-3471


Education and Training:

Universität Bremen   1986-1990  Venia Legend (Habilitation) in Physics1990 

The Weizmann Institute, Rehovot 1985-1986 Postdoc, Chemical Immunology

Universität Bremen                                1984-1985 Postdoc, Biophysics  

Universität Bremen   1980-1983 Dr. rer. nat. (Physics)                        1983

Bergische Universität Wuppertal            1974-1980   Diploma in Physics   1980


Positions held:

Interim Department Head        Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA, 9/11-8/13

Professor        Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA, 9/09-present

Associate Professor          Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA  9/03-8/09

Associate Professor          University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, USA  7/99-8/03

Distinguished Professor         Universität Bremen, Bremen, Germany      10/97-6/99

Visiting Professor          University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy              7/98

University Lecturer1          Universität Bremen, Bremen, Germany             10/95-9/97

Visiting Research Scientist         University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA      10/93-9/94

Senior Research Assistant2        Universität Bremen, Bremen, Germany              10/90-9/93;10/94-9/95

Junior Research Assistant3        Universität Bremen, Bremen, Germany             10/83-8/85; 9/86-9/90

Visiting Scientist          The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel 9/85-8/86


1 Independent faculty position 

2 Faculty position assigned to a senior professor with entitles to teach and to supervise undergraduate and graduate students

3 Postdoctoral position for obtaining the 'venia legendi' (habilitation), which in Germany is a prerequisite for becoming a faculty member.


Honors and Awards

  1. 1.Award of the title ‘Visiting Professor’ from the Chinese Academy of Science in Hefei, PRC, 2012.

  2. 2.Drexel University, Best Mentor Award, 2010

  3. 3.Academic Editor Peer J 2012 - present

3. Advisory Board Member  Vibrational Spectroscopy  2006 - present

4. Advisory Board Member  Journal of Raman Spectroscopy  2000 - present

  1. 5.Award of the title:'Distinguished Professor' by the Senator for Science, Education and Art of the 'Freie Hansestadt Bremen' 1997

  2. 6.Max Kade Fellowship        10/923-9/94 

  3. 7.Minerva Foundation Fellowships  9/85-8/86,7/87-8/87,7/90-8/90, 7/91-8/91 




Membership in scientific societies:

American Biophysical Society,

American Chemical Society



Citation record as of November 11, 2017

Sum of the Times Cited: 4403, listed by the Web of Science, 5515 listed by Google Scholar

Sum of Times Cited without self-citations: 3182, listed by the Web of Science

Average Citations per Item: 15.41, listed by the Web of Science

h-index: 36, listed by the Web of Science, 40, listed by Google Scholar

Five year h-index: 22 (Google Scholar)

i10-index: 138, listed by Google Scholar




Research Grants


Drexel University


1.Title: Identifying the Rules Governing Tripeptide Gelation in Aqueous Solution

PI: Reinhard Schweitzer-Stenner, CoPIs: Nicolas Alvarez (Chem. Engineering) and Brigita Urbanc (Physics).

Agency: National Science Foundation

Funding period: 8/15/2017-8/14/2020

Money awarded: $390,000 (direct+indirect costs)



2. Title: The Use of Vibrational Spectroscopy to Probe the Conformational Propensities of Amino Acid Residues in Unfolded Peptides.

PI: Reinhard Schweitzer-Stenner

Agency: National Science Foundation

Funding period: 7/01/08-06/30/12

Money awarded: $ 400,000 (direct+indirect costs)


Supplementary REU grant:

Funding period: 8/1/2009 to 7/31/2010

      Money awarded: $ 22,290 (direct+indirect costs)


Supplementary REU grant:

Funding period: 8/1/2010 to 7/31/2011

      Money awarded: $ 13,200 (direct+indirect costs)



3.Title: Vibronic coupling in heme proteins

PI: Reinhard Schweitzer-Stenner

Agency: National Science Foundation

Funding period: 7/01/03-12/31/07 (includes no-cost extension)

Money awarded: $ 576,645 (direct + indirect costs)


4.Title: Functionally relevant distortions in horseradish peroxidase

PI: Reinhard Schweitzer-Stenner

Agency: Petroleum Researh Funds (American Chemical Society)

Funding period: 9/1/2002-8/31/2005 (includes no-cost extension)

Money awarded: $ 80,000 (direct + indirect costs)



B. University of Puerto Rico


5.Title: Structure and Dynamics of Peptides and Proteins

PI: Reinhard Schweitzer-Stenner, Co-PI: Kai Griebenow

Agency: National Institute of Health (Score Program)

Funding period: 7/2002-6/2004

Money awarded: ca. $ 375,000 (direct + indirect costs).


6.Title: Proteins in organic solvents

PI: Kai Griebenow, Co-PI: Reinhard Schweitzer-Stenner

Agency: National Institute of Health (COBRE Program)

Funding period: 9/2001-8/2005

Money awarded: ca. $ 200,000 for my research group


7Title: Resonance Raman spectroscopy on metalloporphyrins 

PI: Reinhard Schweitzer-Stenner 

Agency: National Science Foundation (EPSCOR Program)

Funding period: 3/2000-2/2002

Money awarded: $ 150,000 (only direct costs)


University of Bremen


8.Title: Vibrational spectroscopy on model peptides

PI: Reinhard Schweitzer-Stenner

Agency: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Funding period: 7/1997-6/1999

Money awarded: ca. $ 100,000 (indirect costs).


9Title: Vibrational spectroscopy on model peptides

PI: Reinhard Schweitzer-Stenner, Co-PI: Sanford A. Asher (U. of Pittsburgh)

Agency: NATO

Funding period: 9/1996-8/1998

Money awarded: ca. $ 10,000 (indirect costs).


10.Title: Protein Dynamics and Structure

PI: Reinhard Schweitzer-Stenner, Program Director: Fritz Parak (TU Munich)

Agency: European Union

Funding period: 1995-1996 (estimated)

Money awarded: ca. $ 10,000 (indirect costs).


11.Title: Influence of peripheral substituents on the electronic and structural properties of poprphyrins in organic solvents

PI: Reinhard Schweitzer-Stenner

Agency: Free Hanseatic City of Bremen (State of Bremen)

Funding period: 3 years, 1994-1997 (estimated)

Money awarded: ca. $ 150,000 (indirect costs).


12.Title: Investigation of model porphyrins in organic solvents

PI: Reinhard Schweitzer-Stenner

Agency: Free Hanseatic City of Bremen (State of Bremen)7

Funding period: 3 years, 1990-1992 (estimated)

Money awarded: ca. $ 150,000 (indirect costs).


13.Title: Conformational substates in myoglobin and hemoglobin

PI: Wolfgang Dreybrodt, Co-PI: Reinhard Schweitzer-Stenner

Agency: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Funding period: 3 years, 1997-199 (estimated)

Money awarded: ca. $ 100,000 (indirect costs).



13.Title: Resonance Raman spectroscopy on trout hemoglobin

PI: Wolfgang Dreybrodt, Co-PI: Reinhard Schweitzer-Stenner

Agency: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Funding period: 4 years, 1990-1994 (estimated)

Money awarded: ca. $ 200,000 (indirect costs).



Teaching


A. Drexel University (Department of Chemistry):


1.Graduate Physical Chemistry I (now Chem 557, 3 credits): Spectroscopy 

2.Graduate Physical Chemistry II (now Chem 558, 3 credits): Statistical Mechanics 

3.Graduate Physical Chemistry III (Chem 752, 3 credits): Biophysical Chemistry

4.Graduate Quantum Chemistry II (Chem 656, 3 credits)

5.Undergraduate Physical Chemistry I (Chem 251, 3 credits): Thermodynamics

6.Undergraduate Physical Chemistry II (Chem 352, 3 credits): Electrolytes and Electrochemistry

7.Undergraduate Physical Chemistr Lab. I (Chem 357, 2 credits)

8.Undergraduate Physical Chemistr Lab. II (Chem 357, 2 credits)

9.Chemistry Seminar (Chem 865, 3 credits)

10.Undergraduate Physical Chemistry III (Chem 353, 3 credits)



B. University of Puerto Rico (Department of Chemistry):


10.General Chemistry I (1x)

11.Graduate Physical Chemistry I: Quantum Chemistry (1x)

12.Graduate Physical Chemistry II: Statistical Mechanics (4x)

13.Graduate Biophysical Chemistry (1x)



C. Universität Bremen (Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering):


14.Physics for Chemists and Geologists (L, 1x) .

15.Advanced Experimental Physics II: Atomic and Molecular Physics (L, 6 x)

16.Advanced Physics Laboratory Lab, (> 6x)

17.Biophysics of membranes (L, 1x)

18.Optical spectroscopy (L, 2 x)

19.Molecular physics II (L, 1 x)

20.Kinetics of chemical reactions (L, 1x)

21.Physics of liquids (L, 1x)

22.Raman spectroscopy (L, 1x)

23.Classical experiments in nuclear and atomic physics (S, 3x).

24.Protein dynamics (S, 1x).

25.Proteins and glasses (S, 1x) .

26.Optical spectroscopy on biological molecules (S, 1x).

27.Membrane channels and signal transduction (S, 1x).

28.Theory of Raman scattering (S, 1x).


Supervision of postdoctoral associates and students:


A. Drexel University (Department of Chemistry):


  1. 1.Dr. Qing Huang (postdoctoral research associate)

2.Thomas J. Measey (graduate student, graduated in 2010).

3.Andrew Hagarman (graduate student, graduated in 2010).

4.Widalys Gonzales (graduate student, left the group after obtaining her MS degree in 2007).

5.Jonathan B. Soffer (graduate student, graduated in 2013).

6.Siobhan Toal (graduate student, 5thd year, graduated in 2014).

  1. 7.Leah Pandiscia (graduate student, 3rd year, graduated in 2015) 

  2. 8.David DiGuiseppi (graduate student, 2nd year, graduation expected in 2019)

8.Guzeliya Korneva (graduate student 2006-2008, graduated in 2008), served as Co-advisor.

9.Thomas J. Measey (undergraduate research from 2004 – 2005, graduated as BS in 2005).

10.Andrew Hagarman (undergraduate research from 2004 – 2005, graduated as BS in 2005).

11.Alex Vicens (undergraduate research from 2006-2007, graduated as BS in 2007). 

12.John P. Gorden (undergraduate research from 2006-2007, graduated as BS in 2007). 

13.Jonathan B. Soffer (undergraduate research from 2007-2008, graduated as BS in 2008). 

14.Maria Alessi (undergraduate research from since May 2008, will graduate as BS in 2009). 

15.Isabelle Dragomit (Maryanoff student 2005, undergraduate research from 2005-2008, graduated as BS in 2009).

16.Ronak Shah (Maryanoff student 2006, undergraduate research from 2006-2008, graduated as BA in 2008).

17.Laura Duitch (Maryanoff student 2007, undergraduate research from 2007-present, will graduate as BS in 2011).

18.Melinda Bendon (undergraduate research from April 2008-June 2009, will graduate as BS in 2011).

19.Daniel Verbaro (Maryanoff student 2008, undergraduate research from April 2009-present, will graduate as BS in 2012).

20.Omid Amidi (Maryanoff student 2009, will graduate as BS in 2013).

21.Emma Fradkin (Maryanoff student 2010, will graduate as BS in 2014).

22.Stephanie Zimmer (Maryanoff student 2011)

23.Marjon Zamani (high school sophomore, doing research from July-August 2008).

  1. 24.Hendrik Elsner (high school student from Essen/Germany, doing research as intern in August 2010)

  2. 25.Nancy Chung (Maryanoff student 20120

  3. 26.Ivona Sasimovich (Senior research project 2012-2013)

  4. 27.Alicia Hoy (undergraduate research 2012-2013)

  5. 28.Lee Serpas (undergraduate research 2013-2015)

  6. 29.Jodi Kraus (undergraduate research 2013-2015)

  7. 30.Stefanie Farrell (undergraduate research 2013-present)

  8. 31.Dzmitry Malyshka (undergraduate research 2013-present)

  9. 32.Bridget Malorey (undergraduate research 2014-present)

  10. 33.Valeryia Pratasava (undergraduate research 2015-present)

  11. 34.Gabrielle Lewis (undergraduate research 2015-present)

  12. 35.Heather Carson (undergraduate research 2015-present)


B. University of Puerto Rico (Department of Chemistry):


1.Dr. Qing Huang (postdoctoral research associate)

2.Fatma Eker (graduate student, 2001-2004, graduated as Ph.D in 2004)11

3.Daniel Bigman (graduate student, 2002-2003, moved to another research group after I left UPR for Drexel).

4.Alejandro Perez (graduate student, 2002-2003, moved to another research group after I left UPR for Drexel).

5.Daniel Bigman (undergraduate research from 2001 to 2002, graduated as BS in 2002).


C. Universität Bremen (Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering:


1.Christina Lemke (Postdoctoral Research Associate, 1997-1998).

2.Esko Unger (Postdoctoral Research Associate, 1996-1997).

3.Guido Mix (graduate student from 1998-2001, graduated as Dr. rer. nat. in 2001).

4.Robert J. Lipski (graduate student from 1997-1999, graduated as Dr. rer. nat in 1999).

5.Esko Unger (graduate student from 1992-1996, graduated as Dr. rer. nat in 1996).

6.Martin Kircheis (graduate student from 1990-1994, left before graduation).

7.Joachim Schott (graduate student from 1996-2001, graduated as Dr. rer. nat. in 2001), served as Co-advisor.

8.Christina Lemke (graduate student from 1993-1997, graduated as Dr. rer. nat. in 1997), served as Co-advisor.

9.Ulrich Kubitscheck (graduate student from 1987-1990, graduated as Dr. rer. nat in 1990), this student worked on a project for which I was solely responsible. However, I could not officially serve as an advisor of graduate students prior to my habilitation. I wrote the 1st review and graded the dissertation, but the review was officially signed by the head of the research group, Prof. W. Dreybrodt.

10.Esko Unger (undergraduate diploma student from 1991-1992, graduated as diploma physicist in 1992).

11.Guido Sieler (undergraduate diploma student from 1997-1998, graduated as diploma physicist in 1998). 

12.Michael Beck (undergraduate diploma student from 1997-1998, graduated as diploma physicist in 1998).


 

Current Teaching Activities

  1. 1.Physical Chemistry I

  2. 2.Physical Chemistry Lab I

  3. 3.Physical Chemistry II

  4. 4.Physical Chemistry Lab II

  5. 5.Biophysical Chemistry

  6. 6.Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy

  7. 7.Statistical Mechanics

Curriculum vitae

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