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Prof. Dr. Thomas Scheibel

Prof. Dr. Thomas Scheibel

Chair of Biomaterials
University of Bayreuth | BPI Executive committee | KeyLab coordinator

Job History

since 11/2007Full Professor, Chair of Biomaterials, University of Bayreuth
06/2007 – 10/2007Lecturer at the Chair of Biotechnology, TU München, Germany
11/2001 – 10/2007Group leader at the chair of biotechnology at TU München


2007Habilitation in biochemistry at TU München at the chair of biotechnology (Prof. Dr. Johannes Buchner)
11/1998 – 10/2001Postdoc at University of Chicago, IL, USA (Prof. Dr. Susan Lindquist)
1998Dr. rer. nat. at the chair of biophysics and physical biochemistry at the University of Regensburg (Prof. Dr. Johannes Buchner)
1994Diploma thesis at the chair pf biophysics and physical biochemistry at the University of Regensburg (Prof. Dr. R. Jaenicke), degree: Dipl. Biochem.

Awards and other responsibilities

Guest Professorship

since 2012Guest lecturer at Universidad Polytecnica de Madrid, Spain
since 05/2003Guest lecturer at the University of Bordeaux


since 12/2020Editorial Advisory Board Member of “Biopolymers” (Wiley)
since 05/2020

Advisory Board Member German Association for Resource Efficiency and Additive Manufacturing

since 04/2020

Member of the review board “biomaterials” of the DFG

since 04/2020

Director BayHost (Bavarian Academic Center for Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe)

since 07/2018Editorial Board Member of “PLOS One”
since 01/2018Co-chairman TranregioSFB TRR225 “Biofabrication”
since 01/2017

Chairman of the DAAD network Bayreuth-Melbourne

since 10/2016

Vice president of the University of Bayreuth for Internationalization, Gender Equality and Diversity

since 04/2016Group leader “Biomaterials” NMB GmbH, Germany
06/2015 – 06/2016Chairman of the scientific advisory board AMSilk GmbH, Germany
since 12/2014Member of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
09/2014 – 08/2019

Advisory Board Member Freiburg Centre for interactive Materials and Bioinspired Technologies (FIT), University of Freiburg, Germany

05/2014 – 04/2019

Advisory Board Member Projekthaus NanoBioMater, University Stuttgart, Germany

since 07/2012Editorial Board Member of “Scientific Reports” (Nature publisher)
02/2011 – 05/2015Deputy advisory board chairman AMSilk GmbH, Germany
since 12/2010Editorial Board Member of “BioNanoScience” (Springer publisher)
since 04/2009Founder and chairman of the technical committee „Bioinspired materials and bionics“ of the German Material Foundation (DGM)
since 10/2008

Founder and consultant of AMSilk GmbH, Martinsried, Germany

06/2008 – 05/2013Advisory board member of competence network Biomimetik of the state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany


11/2013Dechema-Award of the Max-Buchner Foundation
07/2013Dr R A Mashelkar Endowment Lecture on Advanced Materials, National Chemical Laboratory, India
12/2007Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz Medal
06/2006Winner of the Science4life VentureCup (business plan)
06/2006Innovation award of the Bavarian prime minister
03/2006Awardee of the bionics competition, German Ministry of science and education
10/2005Promega journalist price „Main Thing Biology“
09/2004Junior Scientist Award of the New Materials Competence Center

Chair of Biomaterials
University of Bayreuth | BPI Executive committee | KeyLab coordinator

Protein-based materials are in the center of our research interests.

Specifically, we are interested in:

  • Protein folding and self-assembly:
    Structure determination of proteins, protein folding kinetics, assembly kinetics, trigger of assembly
  • Recombinant protein engineering and production:
    Engineering and design of novel functional proteins, biotechnological production of proteins in bacteria, yeast and cell lines
  • Protein processing into materials:
    Development of protein processing technologies to gain particles, capsules, fibers, hydrogels, nonwoven meshes, 3D structures (printing), coatings
  • Technical applications of protein materials:
    Textiles, filters, coatings (antifouling, haptic, optics)
  • Medical applications of protein materials:
    Wound coverage, drug delivery, tissue repair

Chair of Biomaterials
University of Bayreuth | BPI Executive committee | KeyLab coordinator

10 ausgewählte Publikationen

A complete list of publications of Prof. Dr. Thomas Scheibel is available here.

Interplay of different major ampullate spidroins during assembly and implications for fiber mechanics
Saric, M.; Eisoldt, L.; Döring, V.; Scheibel, T.
Advanced Materials 2021, 2006499

Engineered spider silk-based 2D and 3D materials prevent microbial infestation
Kumari, S.; Lang, G., DeSimone, E.; Spengler, C.; Trossmann, V.; Lücker, S.; Hudel, M.; Jacobs, K.; Krämer, N.; Scheibel, T.
Materials Today 2020, 41, 21

Surface modification of spider silk particles to direct biomolecular corona formation
Weiss, A.; Herold, H.; Lentz, S.; Faria, M.; Besford, Q.; Ang, C.-S.; Caruso, F.; Scheibel, T. 
Appl. Mater. Interface 2020, 12, 24635

Copolymer/clay nanocomposites for biomedical applications
Murugesan, S.; Scheibel, T. 
Advanced Functional Materials 2020, 1908101

Biomedical applications of recombinant silk-based materials
Aigner T.B.; DeSimone E.; Scheibel T.
Advanced Materials 2018, 1704636

Surface features of recombinant spider silk protein eADF4(κ16)-made materials are well-suited for cardiac tissue engineering
Petzold, J.; Aigner, T.; Touska, F.; Zimmermann, K.; Scheibel, T.; Engel F.
Adv. Funct. Mat. 2017, 27, 1701427

Microfluidics-produced collagen fibers show extraordinary mechanical properties
Haynl, C.; Hofmann, E.; Pawar, K.; Förster, S.; Scheibel, T.
ACS Nano Letters 2016, 16, 5917

Strategies and molecular design criteria for 3D printable hydrogels
Jüngst, T.; Smolan, W.; Schacht, K.; Scheibel, T.; Groll, J.
Chem. Rev. 2016, 116, 1496

Biofabrication of cell-loaded, 3D recombinant spider silk constructs
Schacht, K.; Jüngst, T.; Schweinlin, M.; Ewald, A.; Groll, J.; Scheibel, T.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 2816

Biomimetic fibers made of recombinant spidroins with the same toughness as natural spider silk
Heidebrecht, A.; Eisoldt, L.; Diehl, J.; Schmidt, A.; Geffers, M.; Lang, G.; Scheibel, T.
Advanced Materials 2015, 27, 2189

Chair of Biomaterials
University of Bayreuth | BPI Executive committee | KeyLab coordinator

Prof. Dr. Thomas Scheibel
University of Bayreuth | BPI Executive committee
KeyLab coordinator

95447 Bayreuth

Phone: +49 (0)921 / 55-6700
E-mail: thomas.scheibel@bm.uni-bayreuth.de
Homepage: Chair of Biomaterials