Short CV/Education and training

  • 1979
    Ph.D. in biology, University of Düsseldorf, Germany

  • 1980 – 1983
    Postdoctoral fellow, Institute of Clinical Virology, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

  • 1983 – 1988
    Assistant professor, Institute of Developmental Biology, University of Cologne, Germany

  • 1988 – 1990
    Heisenberg Fellow, University of Cologne and University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

  • 1990 – 1996
    Full professor, Institute of Developmental Biology, University of Cologne

  • 1996 – 2006
    Full professor and head of the Institute of Genetics, University of Düsseldorf

  • Since 2007
    Director, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden

Selected publications

  • Pocha, S. M., Wassmer, T., Niehage, C., Hoflack, B. and Knust, E. (2011): Retromer controls epithelial cell polarity by trafficking the apical determinant Crumbs. Curr. Biol. 21, 1111-1117.

  • Pocha, S. M., Shevchenko, A. and Knust, E. (2011): Crumbs regulates rhodopsin transport by interacting with and stabilizing myosin V. J. Cell Biol. 195, 827-838.

  • Knust, E. et al. (2009): A role for the extracellular domain of Crumbs in morphogenesis of Drosophila photoreceptor cells. In: Eur. J. Cell Biol. 88(1)2, S. 765-777.

  • Bulgakova, N., Knust, E. (2009): The Crumbs complex: from epithelial-cell polarity to retinal degeneration. In: J. Cell. Sci. 122, Pt 15, S. 2587-2596.

  • Campbell, K., Knust, E., Skaer, H. (2009): Crumbs stabilises epithelial polarity during tissue remodelling. In: J. Cell. Sci. 122, Pt 15, S. 2604-2612.

  • Knust, E., Hertel, R. (2009): Jose-Antonio Campos-Ortega (1940-2004) and his scientific work – a personal perspective. In: Int. J. Dev. Biol. 53(8-10), S. 1193-1203.

  • Knust, E. et al. (2009): Targeting of Drosophila rhodopsin requires helix 8 but not the distal C-terminus. In: PLoS ONE 4(7), S. 6101-6101.

  • Bulgakova, N., Kempkens, O., Knust, E. (2008): Multiple domains of Stardust differentially mediate localisation of the Crumbs-Stardust complex during photoreceptor development in Drosophila. In: J. Cell. Sci. 121, Pt 12, S. 2018-2026.

  • Johnson, K., Grawe, F., Grzeschik, N. and Knust, E. (2002): Drosophila Crumbs is required to inhibit light-induced photoreceptor degeneration. Curr. Biol. 12, 1675-1680.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Monitoring of cell polarity and cell morphogenesis

  • Photoreceptor development

  • Retinal degeneration

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the scientific advisory board of the Gurdon Institute, Cambridge, UK

  • Member of the scientific advisory board of the Max Delbrück Centre, Berlin, Germany

  • Member of the selection committee for awarding the Alexander von Humboldt professorship

  • Chair of the German Society for Developmental Biology (GfE)

  • Vice president of the German Research Foundation (DFG)


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