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Prof.Dr. Gerhard Schütz

Research Interests

  • Developing and applying single molecule spectroscopy and imaging methods for the in vivo

    analysis of plasma membrane proteins and lipids.

  • Understanding the functional role of plasma membrane nanostructures
  • Molecular mechanism of early T cell signaling

Scientific and Professional Background

1988-1995  Study of Technical Physics at the Johannes Kepler University Linz
1995          Master Degree “Studies of the dynamics of single membrane constituents using fluorescence microscopy”
1997          PhD with “Single Molecule Optical Microscopy: Applications to Biosystems”
1997-2001  Postdoctoral fellow at the Biophysics Institute, Johannes Kepler University Linz
2001-2004  University Assistant at the Biophysics Institute, Johannes Kepler University Linz
2004 Venia  Docendi (Habilitation) in Biophysics, Johannes Kepler University Linz
2004-2011  Associate Professor at the Biophysics Institute, Johannes Kepler University Linz
since 2011  Full Professor at the Institute of Applied Physics, Vienna University of Technology


  • Amersham Pharmacia Biotech Award, 2001
  • Upper-Austrian Award for Young Scientists 2003
  • START-Award 2004


  • Junge Kurie of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • Austrian Society for Biomedical Engineering (ÖGBMT): board member
  • Austrian Biophysical Society (ÖBG): vice president
  • Austrian Physical Society (ÖPG)
  • American Biophysical Society

Invited Lectures

Dr. Schütz presented his research in 137 invited talks at international conferences and seminars (listed are the five most important):
2002  46th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society, 23.-27.2.2002, San Francisco
2005  104. Bunsentagung, 5.-7.Mai 2005, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2005  The 2nd Yamada Symposium on Key Natural Organic Molecules in Biological Systems, Awajy Yumebutai International Conference Center,Hyogo, Japan
2007  Conference on Methods and Applications in Fluorescence (MAF 10), Salzburg, Austria
2007  Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds International Titisee Conferences: Trends in Optical Microscopy
2011  8th EBSA European Biophysics Congress, Budapest, Hungary

Collaboration partners

A selection of collaborative partners:

Hannes Stockinger: Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Mark M. Davis: Stanford University, Ca, USA
Peter Hinterdorfer: Johannes Kepler University Linz
Petra Schwille: Technical University Dresden, Germany
Laszlo Vigh: Institute of Biochemistry, Biological Research Center, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Szeged, Hungary


Dr. Schütz co-authored 70 research papers and 24 invited review or book articles.
The five most important publications are listed;

M. Brameshuber, J. Weghuber, V. Ruprecht, I. Gombos, I. Horváth, L. Vigh, P. Eckerstorfer, E. Kiss, H. Stockinger, G. J. Schütz
J. Biol. Chem. 285 (2010) 41765-41771.
Imaging of mobile long-lived nanoplatforms in the live cell plasma membrane

J. B. Huppa, M. Axmann, M. A. Mörtelmaier, B. F. Lillemeier, E. W. Newell, M. Brameshuber, L. O. Klein, G. J. Schütz, M. M. Davis
Nature 463 (2010) 963-967.
TCR-peptide-MHC interactions in situ show accelerated kinetics and increased affinity

M. Schwarzenbacher, M. Kaltenbrunner, M. Brameshuber, C. Hesch, W. Paster, J. Weghuber, B. Heise, A. Sonnleitner, H. Stockinger, G. J. Schütz
Nat. Methods 5 (2008) 1053-1060.
Micropatterning for quantitative analysis of protein-protein interactions in living cells

Stefan Wieser, Manuel Moertelmaier, Elke Fürtbauer, Hannes Stockinger, Gerhard J. Schütz
Biophys. J. 92 (2007) 3719-3728.
(Un)confined Diffusion of CD59 in the Plasma Membrane determined by High-resolution Single Molecule Microscopy

J.Hesse, J.Jacak, M.Kasper, G.Regl, T.Eichberger, M.Winklmayr, F.Aberger, M.Sonnleitner, R.Schlapak, S.Howorka, L.Muresan, A.-M.Frischauf, G.J.Schütz
Genome Res. 16 (2006) 1041-1045.
RNA expression profiling at the single molecule level

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