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Prof. Tewfik Soulimane


Prof. Tewfik Soulimane's research is concerned with understanding the structure/function relationship of selected eukaryotic and prokaryotic membrane proteins, such as respiratory complexes, ion channels and zinc transporters. His research group has broad range of multidisciplinary collaboration and contributes expertise in biochemistry, micro- and cell biology. He studied Chemical Engineering (BSc) and Bio-organic Chemistry (MSc) before graduating with PhD in 1993 in Biochemistry from the Technical University, RWTH-Aachen, Germany. From the same, he also received the Habilitation award in 2001 and moved as group leader to the Paul-Scherrer Institute (Swiss Light Source), by Zurich. Tewfik Soulimane was appointed as faculty at the Chemical Sciences Department, University of Limerick, in 2005. He contributed immensely to the field of Bioenergetics by elucidating the crystal structures of the thermophilic cytochrome c oxidases ba3 and caa3. In 2012, he received research awards from the Materials and Surface Science Institute and from the president of the University of Limerick.