Joachim Seelig

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Joachim Seelig
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Joachim Seelig (2012)
Scientific career
FieldsPhysical chemist
InstitutionsUniversity of Cologne, Biozentrum University of Basel

Joachim Heinrich Seelig is a German physical chemist and specialist in NMR Spectroscopy. He is one of the founding fathers of the Biozentrum of the University of Basel.[1]


Joachim Seelig studied chemistry and physics from 1961 till 1966 at the University of Cologne. In 1968 he graduated with a doctorate under the guidance of Manfred Eigen at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen. As a postdoc he conducted research on electron spin resonance at Stanford University in 1968/69. In 1970 he moved as a postdoc to the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the University of Basel where he became a group leader and assistant professor in 1972. He became full professor in 1974 and in 1982 Professor of Structural Biology at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel.[2]


Joachim Seelig developed biophysical methods for studying the structure and thermodynamic properties of biological cell membranes. He investigated the interactions of proteins and lipids by EPR-spectroscopy, deuterium and phosphorus nuclear magnetic resonance, neutron diffraction and calorimetric methods. The quantitative characterization of the biological membrane became the international standard for further theoretical studies. His second field of research was magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) in the human and animals. With C-13 NMR the metabolism in the human and animal brain could be traced in a non-invasive manner. With faster MRI imaging techniques the tonotopy of the human brain has been described.

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  1. ^ "Die Entstehung und Funktion des Biozentrums" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  2. ^ "Official website". Retrieved 2013-11-18.
  3. ^ Cloëtta-Prize Retrieved 2013-11-18.
  4. ^ "Bijvoet Medal". Bijvoet Center for Biomolecular Research. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  5. ^ Heinrich Wieland Laureates Retrieved 2013-11-19
  6. ^ Award "Applied Physical Chemistry" 2000 Retrieved 2013-11-18.
  7. ^ "J.H. Seelig". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 14 February 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  8. ^ Avanti Award in Lipids Winner Retrieved 2013-11-18.

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