Antoinette Killian studied chemistry at Utrecht University, where she obtained her PhD in 1986. She performed post-doctoral research at the University of Birmingham, Alabama and at Florida State University, supported by an NWO stipend. She then returned to Utrecht University, where she obtained a faculty position. She spent sabbatical periods at Umeå University in Sweden (1993) and at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris (2015). She received several awards for her work, including the FEBS (Federation of European Biochemical Societies) prize (1995), an honorary doctorate degree at Umeå University (1995), the EBSA (European Biophysical Societies’Association)/Avanti award (2015) and recently she became Fellow of the Biophysical Society (2016). She has (co)-authored over 175 peer-reviewed publications.

Selected Publications

Dörr JM, Scheidelaar S, Koorengevel MC, Dominguez JJ, Schäfer M, van Walree CA, Killian JA.(2016) The styrene-maleic acid copolymer: a versatile tool in membrane research . Eur Biophys J. 45, 3-21.

Cybulski LE, Ballering J, Moussatova A, Inda ME, Vazquez DB, Wassenaar TA, de Mendoza D, Tieleman DP, Killian JA (2015) Activation of the bacterial thermosensor DesK involves a serine zipper dimerization motif that is modulated by membrane thickness, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 1123, 6353-6358

Scheidelaar S, Koorengevel MC, Dominguez-Pardo J, Meeldijk JD, Breukink E, Killian JA (2015) Molecular model for the solubilization of membranes into nanodisks by styrene maleic acid copolymers, Biophys. J. 108, 279-290.

Dörr JM, Koorengevel MC, Schäfer M, Prokofyev AV, Scheidelaar S, Van der Cruijsen EAW, Dafforn TR, Baldus M, Killian JA (2014), Detergent-free isolation, characterization and functional reconstitution of a tetrameric K+ channel: the power of native nanodiscs Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 111, 18607-18612

Swainsbury DJ, Scheidelaar S, van Grondelle R, Killian JA, Jones MR. (2014) Bacterial Reaction Centers Purified with Styrene Maleic Acid Copolymer Retain Native Membrane Functional Properties and Display Enhanced Stability. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 53, 11803-11807.

Doux JPF, Hall BA, Killian JA (2012) How lipid head groups sense the membrane environment: an application of 14N NMR , Biophys. J. 103, 1245-1253. Featured article.

Khemtémourian L, Doménech E, Doux JP, Koorengevel MC, Killian JA (2011) Low pH acts as inhibitor of membrane damage induced by human islet amyloid polypeptide. J Am Chem Soc. 133, 15598-155604.

Holt A, Rougier L, Réat V, Jolibois F, Saurel O, Czaplicki J, Killian JA, Milon A (2010) Order parameters of a transmembrane helix in a fluid bilayer: case study of a WALP peptide. Biophys J. 98, 1864-1872.

Holt A, Killian JA (2010) Orientation and dynamics of transmembrane peptides: the power of simple models. Eur Biophys J. 39, 609-621.

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