Hector Fellow since 2011
Prof Dr. Dr. h.c. Nikolaus Pfanner

Prof Dr. Dr. h.c. Nikolaus Pfanner

Insti­tute for Biochem­istry and Molec­u­lar Biology, Univer­sity of Freiburg

Nikolaus Pfanner is Manag­ing Direc­tor of the Insti­tute for Biochem­istry and Molec­u­lar Biology of the Univer­sity of Freiburg.

He is an expert in the field of mitochon­dria and was the first scien­tist to succeed with his team in decipher­ing their molec­u­lar compo­si­tion. In addition to his research on the struc­ture of mitochon­dria, he inves­ti­gates inner cellu­lar trans­port mecha­nisms, i.e. the pathways of proteins from the cytosol of the cell through the mitochon­dr­ial membranes to their destination.

Nikolaus Pfanner received, among others, the Leibniz Prize of the German Research Founda­tion (DFG), the Schlei­den Medal of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopold­ina), the Otto Warburg Medal of the German Society for Biochem­istry and Molec­u­lar Biology, the Wilhelm Feldberg Prize and the Stein and Moore Award of the Protein Society, and the Federal Cross of Merit. He is a member of the Leopold­ina, the Heidel­berg Academy of Sciences and Human­i­ties and the Acade­mia Europaea.

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Doctor­ate Vacant from 2023

Nikolaus Pfanner will be avail­able to super­vise doctoral projects start­ing in 2023.

Forschungsfeld Biologie

— Biolo­gie

Forschungsfeld Chemie

— Chemistry

Molec­u­lar Cell Biology / Functional Biochemistry

Research fields

Target­ing of precur­sor proteins from the cytosol into mitochon­dria: molec­u­lar mecha­nisms and regula­tion of mitochon­dr­ial prepro­tein translocases
Cooper­a­tion of translo­cases during trans­port and assem­bly of mitochon­dr­ial proteins: dynamic super­com­plexes and protein networks
Molec­u­lar archi­tec­ture of the mitochon­dr­ial membranes: machiner­ies forming membrane contact sites and maintain­ing the charac­ter­is­tic shape of mitochondria

For further details see: www.mitochondria.de