Personal profile

Research

Erwin Peterman is interested in understanding how life works at the fundamental, single-molecule level. With his experiments he strives to provide quantitative insights in life processes that can be rigorously tested using physical models. To this end, he applies a multidisciplinary approach including elements from molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, statistical physics and optics. The techniques used in his lab are (single-molecule) fluorescence microscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and optical tweezers.

Current research focuses on the cooperation of motor proteins in intracellular transport in C. elegans cilia, on the mechanics of DNA and DNA-processing proteins, on the dynamics of membrane proteins in living bacteria, and on the development of new instrumentation and approaches to study life at the single-molecule level.

 

Teaching

Peterman teaches several courses at the bachelor's and master's level to students in Physics, Medical Natural Sciences, and Biomolecular Sciences, in particular "Microscopy and Spectroscopy" and "Mechanics and Thermodynamics in the Cell". He frequently supervises BSc and MSc research projects.

 

Prizes and Awards

In 2003 Peterman received a five-year VIDI grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), in 2011 a VICI grant. In 2013, he was appointed as full professor on a University Research Chair.

 

Education

B.Sc. & M.Sc.: Molecular Sciences, Wageningen University, 1988-1993.

Ph.D.: Chlorophylls and Carotenoids in Oxygenic Photosynthesis, VU University Amsterdam, Promotors: van Grondelle & van Amerongen, 1993-1998.

 

Ancillary activities

  • Epifluorescence B.V. | Amsterdam | Directeur/eigenaar | 2014-04-15
  • LUMICKS B.V. | Amsterdam | Founder / share holder / adviser | 2014-04-15

Last update Ancillary Activities: Amsterdam (2018-02-23)

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Research Output 1996 2018

A brief introduction to single-molecule fluorescence methods

van den Wildenberg, S. M. J. L., Prevo, B. & Peterman, E. J. G. 2018 Methods in Molecular Biology. Humana Press Inc, Vol. 1665, p. 93-113 21 p. (Methods in Molecular Biology; vol. 1665)

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

A polarized view on DNA under tension

Van Mameren, J., Vermeulen, K., Wuite, G. J. L. & Peterman, E. J. G. 28 Mar 2018 In : Journal of Chemical Physics. 148, 12, 123306

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Single-molecule fluorescence microscopy in living Caenorhabditis elegans

van Krugten, J. & Peterman, E. J. G. 2018 Methods in Molecular Biology. Humana Press Inc, Vol. 1665, p. 145-154 10 p. (Methods in Molecular Biology; vol. 1665)

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

Collective Dynamics of Cooperating Homodimeric and Heterotrimeric Kinesin-2 Motor Proteins Unraveled

Kushwaha, V. S., Miedema, D. M., Denisov, D. V., Acar, S., Nienhuis, B., Schall, P. & Peterman, E. J. G. 3 Feb 2017 In : Biophysical Journal. 112, 3, p. 273A-273A Supplement 1

Research output: ScientificMeeting Abstract