Short CV/Education and training

  • 1996 – 1999
    Postdoctoral scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg, Germany

  • 1997
    PhD in chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, India

  • 1999 – 2002
    Associate research scientist at Columbia University, New York, USA

  • Since 2002
    Independent group leader at the Institute of Complex Systems (ICS), Jülich Research Centre, Germany

  • 2007
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in physical biology from the Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany

Selected publications

  • Endres, S. et al. Structure and function of a short LOV protein from the marine phototrophic bacterium Dinoroseobacter shibae. In: BMC Microbiol. 15, 2015. S. 30.

  • Kovačić, F. et al. Structural and functional characterisation of TesA – a novel lysophospholipase A from Pseudomonas aeruginosa.In: PLoS One. 8, 2013. S. e69125.

  • Circolone, F. et al.: Structural Basis for the Slow Dark Recovery of a Full-Length LOV Protein from Pseudomonas putida. In: Journal of Molecular Biology 417, 2012. S. 362-374.

  • Granzin, J. et al.: Crystal Structure of p44, a Constitutively Active Splice Variant of Visual Arrestin. In: Journal of Molecular Biology 416, 2012. S. 611-618.

  • Batra-Safferling, R. et al.: Structural studies of the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) SH3 domain in complex with a peptide ligand: role of the anchor residue in ligand binding. In: Biological Chemistry 39, 2010. S. 33-42.

  • Batra-Safferling, R. et. al.: Glutamic acid-rich proteins of rod photoreceptors are natively unfolded. In: Journal of Biological Chemistry 281, 2006. S. 1449-1460.

  • Batra, R. et al.: Molecular mechanism for dimerization to regulate the catalytic activity of human cytomegalovirus protease. In: Nature Structural Biology 8, 2001. S. 810-817.


Selected projects

  • Visual signal transduction pathway

  • Blue-light photoreceptors

  • Natively unfolded proteins

  • Novel enzymes

  • Protein-ligand interactions

  • Protein aggregation

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member, Helmholtz Management Academy, since 2009

Additional qualifications

  • Helmholtz Management Academy, Certified Manager: Training through Malik Management Zentrum St. Gallen, 2009 – 2011


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Family, 2 Children (Born in 2002, 2005)


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