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Mecke, Almut

Almut Mecke

Education

Diplom
University Tuebingen, 1997

PhD
University of Michigan, 2004

    About This Team Member

    Almut graduated with a Diplom degree in physics from the University Tuebingen in Germany in 1997. Although she initially intended to obtain a Ph.D. in theoretical high energy physics from the University of Michigan, she switched fields in the summer of 2000 and joined the Banaszak Holl / Orr research group. During her Ph.D. research she studied the properties of branched polymers, called dendrimers, using both experimental and computational methods. She investigated how dendrimers interact with surfaces, in particular lipid membranes which serve as a model for cell membranes. Using an atomic force microscope she was able to observe the interaction of dendrimers with such membranes. The results showed how various properties of dendrimer molecules influence their ability to enter cells through the cell membrane. This information can help to design "smart" molecules that can be used to fight disease, for example by transporting drugs into specific cells. Almut graduated in 2004, and in April of 2005 was awarded the annual Terwilliger Prize for the best Ph.D. thesis in the University of Michigan Department of Physics. After graduation Almut continued her work with the Banaszak Holl / Orr group as a postdoc for six months and then as a postdoc at the University of Basel in Switzerland.   She currently works for Roche Pharmaceuticals.

    http://www.innovations-report.com/html/reports/medicine_health/report-27373.html
    http://nextwave.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2004/03/17/12

    Publications

    Nanoparticle Interaction with Biological Membranes:  Does Nanotechnology Present a Janus Face?

    P. R. Leroueil, S. Hong, A. Mecke, J. R. Baker, Jr., B. G. Orr, M. M. Banaszak Holl
    Accounts of Chemical Research
    2007
    40
    335-342

    Nanoparticle-Membrane Interaction: Mechanism for Enhanced Permeability

    2007

    Physical Interactions of Nanoparticles with Biological Membranes:The Observation of Nanoscale Hole Formation.

    S. Hong, J. A. Hessler, M. M. Banaszak Holl, P. Leroueil, A. Mecke, B .G. Orr.
    Chemical Health and Safety
    2006,
    13,
    16-20.

    Atomic Force Microscopy Study of Early Morphological Changes During Apoptosis.

    J. Hessler, A. Budor, K. Putchakayala, A. Mecke, D. Rieger, M. M. Banaszak Holl, B. G. Orr, A. Bielinska, J. Beals, J. Baker.
    Langmuir
    2005,
    21,
    9280-9286.

    Lipid Bilayer Disruption by Polyamidoamine Dendrimers: The Role of Generation and Capping Group.

    A. Mecke, B. G. Orr, M. M. Banaszak Holl, J. R. Baker.
    Langmuir
    2005,
    21,
    10348-10354.

    Membrane thinning due to antimicrobial peptide binding -- An AFM study of MSI-78 in DMPC bilayers.

    A. Mecke, D.-K. Kee, A. Ramamoorthy, B. G.Orr, M. M. Banaszak Holl.
    Biophysical Journal
    2005,
    89,
    4043-4045.

    Synthetic and natural polycationic polymers interact selectively with fluid phase domains of DMPC lipid bilayers.

    A. Mecke, D.-K. Lee, R. Ramamoorthy, B. G. Orr, and M. M. Banaszak Holl.
    Langmuir
    2005,
    21,
    8588-8590.

    Deformability of Poly(amidoamine) Dendrimers.

    A. Mecke, I. Lee, J. R. Baker Jr., M. M. Banaszak Holl, B. G. Orr.
    European Physical Journal E -- Soft Matter
    2004,
    14,
    7-16.

    Direct Observation of Lipid Bilayer Disruption by Poly(amidoamine) Dendrimers.

    A. Mecke, S. Uppuluri, T. J. Sassanella, B. G. Orr, M. M. Banaszak Holl, J. R. Baker.
    Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
    2004,
    132,
    3-14.

    DNA-directed Synthesis of Generation 7 and 5 PAMAM Dendrimer Nanoclusters.

    Y. Choi, A. Mecke, B. G. Orr, M. M. Banaszak Holl, and J. R. Baker Jr.
    Nanoletters
    2004,
    4,
    391-397.

    The Interaction of Polyamidoamine (PAMAM) Dendrimers with Supported Lipid Bilayers and Cells: Hole Formation and the Relation to Transport.

    S. Hong, A. U. Bielinska, A. Mecke, B. Keszler, J. L. Beals, X. Shi, L. Balogh, B. G. Orr, J. R. Baker Jr., and M. M. Banaszak Holl.
    Bioconjugate Chemistry
    2004,
    15,
    774-782.

    Tapping Mode Atomic Force Microscopy Investigation of Poly(amidoamine) Core-Shell Tecto(Dendrimers) using Carbon-Nanoprobes.

    T. A. Betley, J. A. Hessler, A. Mecke, M. M. Banaszak Holl, B. G. Orr, S. Uppulari, D. A. Tomalia, and J. R. Baker Jr..
    Langmuir
    2002,
    18,
    3127-3133.