Short CV/Education and training

  • 1967
    Year of birth

  • 1986 – 1990
    Studied chemical engineering at the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany (Dipl.-Ing. Chem. Tech. (FH))

  • 1990 – 1991
    Studied biochemistry at the University of Paris VI, Paris, France (D.E.A. in biochemistry)

  • 1992 – 1996
    Doctoral studies with E. Schiebel at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany

  • 1996 – 1999
    Postdoctoral research in the laboratory of R. Schekman, Howard Hughes Medical Institute ,UC Berkeley, USA

  • 1999 – 2006
    Independent group leader at the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society in Tübingen, Germany

  • Since 2005
    Professor of Biochemistry at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel, Switzerland

Selected publications

  • Ackema,K.B. et al.: The small GTPase Arf1 modulates mitochondrial morphology and function. In EMBO J, 2014, 33: 2659-75

  • Ritz, A. M. et al.: The prion-like domain in the exomer cargo Pin2 serves as trans-Golgi retention motif. In: Cell Rep., 2014 7: 249-60

  • Kilchert, C. et al.: Defects in the Secretory Pathway and High Ca2+ Induce Multiple P-bodies. In: Mol Biol Cell, 2010.

  • Poteryaev, D. et al.: Identification of the Switch in Early-to-Late Endosome Transition. Cell 141(3), 2010. S. 497-508.

  • Poteryaev, D. et al.: Caenorhabditis elegans SAND-1 is essential for RAB-7 function in endosomal traffic. In: Embo J 26(2), 2007. S. 301-312.

  • Trautwein, M. et al.: Arf1p, Chs5p and the ChAPs are required for export of specialized cargo from the Golgi. In: Embo J 25(5), 2006. S. 943-954.

  • Poteryaev, D. et al.: Involvement of the actin cytoskeleton and homotypic membrane fusion in ER dynamics in Caenorhabditis elegans. In: Mol Biol Cell 16(5), 2005. S. 2139-2153.

  • Kamena, F., Spang, A.: Tip20p prohibits back-fusion of COPII vesicles with the endoplasmic reticulum. In: Science, 304(5668), 2004. S. 286-289.

  • Lewis, S.M. et al.: The ArfGAP Glo3 is required for the generation of COPI vesicles. In: Mol Biol Cell 15(9), 2004. S. 4064-4072.

  • Trautwein, M. et al.: Arf1p provides an unexpected link between COPI vesicles and mRNA in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. In: Mol Biol Cell 15(11), 2004. S. 5021-5037.

  • Rein, U. et al.: ARF-GAP-mediated interaction between the ER-Golgi v-SNAREs and the COPI coat. In: J Cell Biol 157(3), 2002. S. 395-404.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • mRNA transport in S. cerevisiae

  • Asymmetry and polarity in cells

  • Intra-cellular protein transport

  • Regulation and function of small GTPases

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Council Member American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)

  • Marie Heim Vögtlin Committee of the Swiss National Fund

  • Scientific advisory board of the Hartmut Hoffmann-Berling International Graduate School, University Heidelberg

  • Member of the American Society for Cell Biology and the German Society for Cellular Biology


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