Short CV/Education and training

  • 1987 – 1993
    Studied biochemistry, with a minor in biophysical chemistry and plant physiology at the University of Hannover, Germany

  • 1993 – 1996
    PhD student at the Max-Planck-Institut, Hannover, Germany

  • 1997 – 1999
    Postdoc in the group of Prof. Dr. R. B. Kelly, University of California, San Francisco, USA

  • 2000 – 2005
    Research Group Leader at the Leibniz-Institut für Neurobiologie, Magdeburg, Germany

  • 2005 – 2007
    Heisenberg stipend / Research Group Leader at the Leibniz-Institut für Neurobiologie, Magdeburg, Germany

  • Since 2007
    (October) Full Professor for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Director of the Institute of Biochemistry I at the medical faculty of the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany

Selected publications

  • Koch, D. et al.: Proper synaptic vesicle formation and neuronal network activity critically rely on syndapin I. In: EMBO J. 30, 2011. pp. 4955-69.

  • Schwintzer, L. et al: The functions of the actin nucleator Cobl in cellular morphogenesis critically depend on syndapin I. EMBO J. 30, 2011. pp. 303147-303159.

  • Qualmann B et al.: Let?s go bananas: Revisiting the endocytic BAR code. In: EMBO J. 30, 2011. pp, 3501-3515.

  • Kessels, M.M. et al.: Controlling actin cytoskeletal organization and dynamics during neuronal morphogenesis. In: Eur. J. Cell Biol. 90, 2011. pp. 926-933.

  • Dharmalingam, E. et al.: F-BAR proteins of the syndapin family shape the plasma membrane and are crucial for neuromorphogenesis. In: J. Neurosci. 29, 2009. pp. 13315-13327.

  • Qualmann, B., Kessels, M.M.: New players in actin polymerization--WH2-domain-containing actin nucleators. In: Trends Cell Biol. 19, 2009. pp. 276-285.

  • Qualmann, B., Kessels, M.M.: Actin nucleation: putting the brakes on Arp2/3. In: Curr. Biol. 18, 2008. R420-3.

  • Ahuja, R. et al.: Cordon-bleu is a novel actin nucleation factor and controls neuronal morphology. In: Cell 131, 2007. pp. 337-350.

  • Kessels, M.M., Qualmann, B.: Syndapin oligomers interconnect the machineries for endocytic vesicle formation and the actin cytoskeleton. In: J. Biol. Chem. 281, 2006. pp. 13285-13299.

  • Kessels, M.M. et al.: Complexes of syndapin II with dynamin II promote vesicle formation at the trans-Golgi network. In: J. Cell Sci. 119, 2006. pp. 1504-1516.

  • Braun, A. et al.: EHD proteins associate with syndapin I and II and such interactions play a crucial role in endosomal recycling. In: Mol. Biol. Cell 16, 2005. pp. 3642-3658.

  • Kessels, M.M., Qualmann, B.: Syndapins integrate N-WASP in receptor-mediated endocytosis. In: EMBO J. 21, 2002. pp. 6083-6094.

  • Qualmann, B., Kessels, M.M., Kelly, R.B.: Molecular links between endocytosis and the actin cytoskeleton. In: J. Cell Biol. 150, 2000. pp. 111-116.

  • Qualmann, B., Kelly, R.B.: Syndapin isoforms participate in receptor-mediated endocytosis and actin organization. In: J. Cell Biol. 148, 2000. pp. 1047-1061.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects


Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • The Wellcome Trust

  • Ministère délégué à la recherche et aux nouvelles technologies

  • GIF (The German?Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development)

  • German National Academic Foundation

  • Schram Foundation

  • Editorial advisor for Biochem. J.

Reviewer for

  • Cell

  • Dev. Cell

  • Nature

  • J. Cell Biol.

  • EMBO J.

  • Nat. Cell Biol.

  • Mol. Biol. Cell.

  • Biochem J.

  • Traffic

  • Nat. Rev. Mol. Cell Biol.

  • Gene

  • J. Neurochem.

  • Eur. J. Cell Biol.

  • Trends Cell Biol.

Additional qualifications

  • Heisenberg Fellowship – Achievements equivalent to the Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification)


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