MSc/PhD Program
Chepe Flórez Weidinger
First Name:
Juan Daniel

Last Name:
Flórez Weidinger




Juan Daniel Flórez Weidinger


College / University:
2004 - 2007: Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

Highest Degree:

Major Subjects:

Lab Experience:
Basic techniques in Biophysics, GUV’s, SUV’s and supported lipid membrane formation, basic fluorescence imaging. In silico experiments with Monte Carlo simulations

Projects / Research:
Mar – Aug 2008: Internship determining the factors involved in the variability in the rhodopsin activated signal transduction cascade in photoreceptors
Aug – Dec 2007: Thesis Project “Measurement of the diffusion coefficient in a lipid monolayer with and without domains using FRAP and Monte Carlo”
Aug – Dec 2007: Project standardizing a protocol to produce a double supported lipid membrane using SUV’s and GUV’s and analysis of the dynamics of the domain formation trough a change of temperature
Apr – May 2007: Project measuring the growth of lipid domains in a supported monolayer trough an increase of lateral pressure using a homemade Langmuir Trough
Jun – Jul 2006: Two-month summer assistance in the standardization of protocols in electroformation of GUV’s, formation of supported lipid membranes, fluorescence measurements of lipid domains and diffusion coefficient and GUV´s reaction to electromagnetic fields

2008 – 2009: Stipend of the Excellence Foundation for the Promotion of the Max Planck Society
Aug 04 – Dec 07: Loan of 17% of the total cost of the semester was waived and converted to scholarship for finishing the program in 7 semesters and with a grade point average above 4.0/5.0


I would like to learn about complex brain functions related to the evolution of consciousness, senses, emotions, and behavior. The neurophysiology of higher brain functions, especially in stress, emotional shock situations or diseases, is very enthralling for me. My primary goal is to contribute to the understanding of the way the neurons self organize to form and maintain the brain network, obtaining all above mentioned abilities. I am also interested in the applicability of the research in treatments for diseases, medical equipment, and approaches in bionics.