November 2018: Prof. Kensuke Osada (Tokyo) visits the lab for a month

Welcome Kensuke.

October: Kataria's DEB paper is out

Read about our DNA encircled lipid bilayers.



September: Thorsten accepts an offer from Kent state University starting in January


The rats are leaving the sinking ship...


September 2018: Olha graduates with a "very good" master's thesis.



July 2018: Canoeing on Elbe

June: Chloe Jones joins as summer intern

Welcome Chloe!

For the first time in Schmidt lab history, females outnumber the males! Which is good news to me, if you wonder...

April: Kristin joins the lab

Kristin Joffroy joins the lob as research associate and lab manager. Welcome Kristin!



Fatih very successfully defends his thesis and is the first PhD of the group.

Congratulations, Fatih and all the best for your future!


March: "Outstanding Mentor Award 2018" goes to Thorsten

Outstanding Mentor Award 2018 Thorsten Schmidt DIPP

Thorsten receives the "Outstanding Mentor Award", which is awarded by a PhD student committe to the best mentors of the Dresden International PhD Program (DIPP) and the International Max Plack Research School. Thorsten thanks all group members for the nomination and their favourable ratings.


February 22: Nayan's and Micha's paper is out in ACS Nano

DNA Polymerase assisted gap filling of triagilated DNA origami Thorsten Lars Schmidt, Nayan Agarwal, Michael Matthies

Read it here.



February 2018: Greek group lunch

Katarina is visiting from New York for a few days just before Micha starts at ASU. Good timing.

Jan. 2018: "Kaffeeklatsch" at Bastian's

Kaffeeklatsch Schmidt lab

with fantastic, self-made cakes... Mhhh. Looking forward to Bastian's next paper.


Dec. 2017: at the X-mas market


Dec. 2017: Katarina becomes visiting student at Rockefeller

Katarina will spend 6 months in New York. May she come back with amazing new skills and fotos on my old camera.


Bastian's and Yavuz's Paper is out in Nucleic Acids Res.

Joffroy, B.; Uca, Y. O.; Prešern, D.; Doye, J.P.K; Schmidt, T. L. Rolling circle amplification shows a sinusoidal template length dependent amplification bias.

Big thanks also to our collaborators Jon Doye and Domen Presren in Oxford (oxDNA).

Rolling Circle Amplification length dependten amplification bias


Nov. 2017: Thorsten receives TUD Young Investigator Status

 Thorsten Lars Schmidt TU Dresden Young Investigator

More about this at the cfaed news site.


Sept. 2017: Olga Aftenieva joins the lab, welcome!


September 2017: Foram and Shikhar graduated. Congratulations!

And thanks for being in our group for almost 2 years. All the best for your future PhD theses.


July 2017: Katarina receives DIGS-BB fellowship

Katarina is the only awardee of the DIGS-BB fellowship, this year. Congratulations, Katarina!


June 2017: Diana's paper is out!

Gonçalves, D. P. N. et al. Enhanced Targeting of Invasive Glioblastoma Cells by Peptide-Functionalized Gold Nanorods in Hydrogel-Based 3D Cultures. Acta Biomaterialia 2017 (in print).


May 2017: Nayan's paper on block copolymer encapsulation is out!


Sept 2016: Nayan wins best poster award at DNA22. Congratulations!

Nayan Agarwal DNA22 Poster award


June 2016: Cherry picking lab outing


May 12: Fatih's new paper is out. Congratulations!

Toward Self-Assembled Plasmonic Devices: High-Yield Arrangement of Gold Nanoparticles on DNA Origami Templates. ACS Nano 2016.


Movie night with Chili con carne and chili non carne and non chili con carne. But all with chocolate. And wine. Yumm.

Guess what the geeks watched? Right. GATTACA.

The group in spring 2016

Thorsten Schmidt Lab DNA Chemistry cfaed Dresden

February 2016: Tokyo-Dresden workshop in Dresden

Hike in "Sächsische Schweiz"

Feb. 2016: Michael's Paper is out.


Design and Synthesis of Triangulated DNA Origami Trusses. Nano Letters 2016.


Jan 2016: Group Dinner

group dinner 2016


Jan. 13, 2016:

Welcome to the lab, Katarina!


December 11, 2015:

Fatih wins the prize for the best student poster at "DNA meets Plasmonics" in Bad Honnef. Congrats Fatih!

Poster Prize Fatih



Nobody got married.

But finally the circle-to-circle paper is out (Nature Communications 2015).


October 2015:

Congratulations to Jingjing, Nayan and Yavuz for graduating!



October 2015:

Oh my god, I think it is contagious. Michael also married...

Wedding Micha


Two new papers accepted: My postdoc paper on circle to circle amplification in Nat. Commun. and a collaboration with the Willner lab in Nano Letters.


August 8, 2015

Bad news, girls, Simon is not on the market anymore. Congratulations to Britta and Simon.

Wedding Simon 8/8/2015


August 3, 2015:

Group dinner with Dave Smith's Lab (IZI Leipzig) at Foram and Shikhar's place with delicious home-made Indian goodies.


July 2015:

We are having the healthiest group lunch thanks to Simon's donation of a huge pile of organic veggies from his garden.


Schmidt Lab Salad Lunch


June 2015: Group retreat in "Spreewald".


schmidt lab canoeing


Biomod team 2014

We are proudly hosting Dresden DNAmic, this year's BIOMOD team.
Congratulations for winning the second prize and the prize for the best website (scientific content)!

Biomod 2014 Dresden DNAmic

See the Press Release for the Award.


June 2014: Lab reatreat at St. Marienthal

Retreat 2014 Group Photo