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Nils Walter, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry


Nils Walter, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He graduated from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, with a Diploma in Chemistry in 1991 and received his thesis degree in 1995 at the Max–Planck–Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany, with Nobel Laureate Manfred Eigen. He moved to the United States to work as a postdoctoral fellow with John Burke at the University of Vermont before taking a faculty position at Michigan in 1999. Dr. Walter is a winner of the Camille Dreyfus Teacher–Scholar Award (2004), the Dow Corning Assistant Professorship (2002), the 1995 Otto–Hahn Medal for Outstanding Researchers of the Max–Planck Society, a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and a Kekulé Pre–doctoral Scholarship from the Fonds of the German Chemical Industry Association. He has approximately fifty publications, including several chapters in books. Over the past ten years, Dr. Walter's studies have focused on the structural dynamics that lead to catalysis in RNA enzymes (ribozymes), as related to gene therapy applications against human diseases. Single–molecule RNA enzymology, the use of ribozymes as nanoscale biosensors, and the fluorescence imaging of nanotechnological devices are where Dr. Walter has shifted his focus most recently.



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