Prof Peter Brzezinski

Phone: (+46)-8-163280
Address: Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Stockholm University,Svante Arrhenius väg 16, SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden


Prof. Peter Brzezinski was recruited to the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics in 1998. Peter obtained a Ph.D in Physics at CTH in 1989 and after that he moved to UC San Diego where he developed techniques for studies of photosynthetic systems. In 1991 he became Assistant Professor at GU. Peter's research is focused on biophysical studies of membrane proteins involved in cellular energy conversion, which includes the use of methods such as protein reconstitution in membrane-mimetic systems, enzymatic assays, membrane protein engineering and a wide range of ultrafast time-resolved spectroscopic and electrometric techniques.

Peter is elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Chairman of the Göran Gustafsson Prize Committee for Chemistry. He recently stepped down after 8 years as Executive Editor of Biochim. Biophys. Acta and he is Handling Editor of FEBS Lett. Peter is presently Dean of the Chemistry Section at Stockholm University.

Selected relevant publications

Von Ballmoos C., Gennis R.B., Ädelroth P. and Brzezinski P. (2011) Kinetic design of the respiratory oxidases. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 108, 11057-11062.

Näsvik-Öjemyr L., Lee H.J., Gennis R.B. and Brzezinski P. (2010) Functional interactions between membrane-bound transporters and membranes. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 107, 15763-15767

Sandén T., Salomonsson L., Brzezinski P. and Widengren J. (2010) Surface-coupled proton exchange of a membrane-bound proton acceptor. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 107, 4129-4134.

Brändén M., Sandén S., Brzezinski P.*, and Widengren J. (2006) Localised proton microcircuits at the biological membrane-water interface, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA103, 19766-19770.

Brändén G, Pawate A.S., Gennis R.B., Brzezinski P. (2006) Controlled uncoupling and recoupling of proton pumping in cytochrome c oxidase, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 103, 317-322.

Salomonsson L., Faxén K., Ädelroth P. and Brzezinski P. (2005) The timing of proton migration in membrane-reconstituted cytochrome c oxidase, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA102, 17624-17629.

Faxén K., Gilderson G., Ädelroth P. and P. Brzezinski (2005) A mechanistic principle for proton pumping by cytochrome c oxidase, Nature, 437, 286-289.

CV_WAF_PB.doc (doc / 131072)


Architecture and Functional Dynamics of the Cellular Power Plant
01/01/2014 - 31/12/2018
English abstractThe project aims to explore and understand the higher level organization and functionality of the cellular energy-conversion machinery. Starting from phenotypic observations in whole organisms, these proposed studies aim at understanding the pri...

Proton transport in biological membranes
01/01/2015 - 31/12/2018
Biologiska membraner utgör gränsytor mellan levande organismer och omgivningen, omger celler och definierar utsträckningen för organeller inne i celler. Transport av stora och små molekyler samt joner över membraner spelar därför en centra...

Transport processes across and along biological membranes
01/01/2011 - 31/12/2014
The aim of the project is to study and understand transport processes across and along biological membranes and principles of biological electron (eT) and proton-transfer (pT) reactions. It includes a number of specific subtopics: (i) Mechanistic investigations of eT-coupled pT a...

Transport processes across biological membranes
01/01/2008 - 31/12/2010
The aim of the main part of the research project is to understand fundamental principles of electron and proton-transfer reactions in membrane proteins, related to energy conservation, and transport processes across and along biological membranes. The project includes a number of...

Collaborating with

von Heijne, Gunnar

PhD in Theoretical Physics, the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, 1980.

Postdoc, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1980 – 1981.

Assistant Professor, the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, 1981-1988



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