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Rheinstadter, Maikel


Maikel Rheinstadter is a Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He has been working at McMaster University since 2009. ​Maikel’s biophysics laboratory focuses on understanding how cell membranes work at the molecular level. His team has developed a tool that allows researchers to measure the rapid movements of proteins in a cell membrane. ​Maikel hopes to use his research observations and techniques to develop better drugs. His research interests include Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, antibiotic resistance, and infectious diseases, focusing on improving quality of life for the aging population. His most recent work on infectious diseases identified a mechanism that makes bacteria resistant to antibiotics.


  • PhD, Saarland University
  • MSc, Saarland University
  • BSc, Mathematics, Saarland University
  • BSc, Physics, Saarland University
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