Welcome to the Fürstenberg group website

Our general research interests lie in the development and application of optical spectroscopic and microscopic tools to address quantitatively chemical and biological questions at the molecular scale, with an emphasis on single-molecule techniques using smart fluorescence sensors to study biomolecular structure and dynamics. We are interested in understanding and controlling the photophysics of fluorescent probes in order to use them as quantitative local probes of their direct environment. Our routine portfolio of techniques encompasses single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging, super-resolution imaging, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, and fluorescence lifetime measurements in the bulk or at the single-molecule level.



  1. 30th International Conference on Photochemistry (ICP2021): an Introduction by the Guest Editors
    Alexandre Fürstenberg and Tatu Kumpulainen
    Photochem. Photobiol. Sci. 2022, https://doi.org/10.1007/s43630-022-00246-8
  1. HydroFlipper membrane tension probes: Imaging membrane hydration and mechanical compression simultaneously in living cells
    José García-Calvo, Javier López-Andarias, Jimmy Maillard, Vincent Mercier, Chloé Roffay, Aurélien Roux, Alexandre Fürstenberg, Naomi Sakai, and Stefan Matile
    Chem. Sci. 2022, 13(7), 2086-2093
  1. Metal-Based Linear Light-Upconversion Implemented in Molecular Complexes: Challenges and Perspectives
    Hélène Bolvin, Alexandre Fürstenberg, Bahman Golesorkhi, Homayoun Nozary, Inès Taarit, and Claude Piguet
    Acc. Chem. Res. 2022, 55(1), 442-456
  1. Flipper Probes for the Community
    Lea Assies, José García-Calvo, Francesca Piazzolla, Samantha Sanchez, Takehiro Kato, Luc Reymond, Antoine Goujon, Adai Colom, Javier López-Andarias, Karolína Straková, Dora Mahecic, Vincent Mercier, Margot Riggi, Noemi Jiménez-Rojo, Chloé Roffay, Giuseppe Licari, Maria Tsemperouli, Frederik Neuhaus, Alexandre Fürstenberg, Eric Vauthey, Sascha Hoogendoorn, Marcos Gonzalez-Gaitan, Andreas Zumbuehl, Kaori Sugihara, Jean Gruenberg, Howard Riezman, Robbie Loewith, Suliana Manley, Aurelien Roux, Nicolas Winssinger, Naomi Sakai, Stefan Pitsch, and Stefan Matile
    Chimia 2021, 75(12), 1004-1011
  1. Red-Emitting Fluorophores as Local Water-Sensing Probes
    Jimmy Maillard, Christopher Rumble, and Alexandre Fürstenberg
    J. Phys. Chem. B 2021, 125(34), 9727-9737


October 4, 2021: Léo Koull joined the group as a master student. Welcome Léo!

February 15, 2021: Alix Chazottes joined the group as a visiting student. Welcome Alix!

February 1, 2021: Liza Briant joined the group as a PhD student. Welcome Liza!

October 6, 2020: Congratulations to Jimmy Maillard, laureate of the Syngenta Crop Protection Prize for the best master in biochemistry (2019-2020) from the University of Geneva!