Short CV/Education and training

  • since 2014
    Full Professor at the Institute of Biochemistry, Justus Liebig University Gießen, Germany

  • 2003 – 2014
    Independent group leader at the Genetics Centre and Department for Biochemistry at LMU Munich, Germany

  • 2001 – 2002
    Postdoc, Heidelberg University

  • 2001
    Doctor of Natural Science (Dr. rer. nat.), summa cum laude

  • 1998 – 2001
    Doctoral studies, Heidelberg University, Germany

  • 1998
    Diplom degree in biotechnology, Braunschweig University of Technology

  • 1997
    Diplom degree studies at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, San Diego, CA, USA

  • 1996
    ERASMUS student, University of Geneva, Switzerland

  • 1995
    Internship, Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany

  • 1992 – 1998
    Biotechnology studies, Braunschweig University of Technology, Germany

  • 1992
    Abitur (A-levels), Theodor Heuss Gymnasium (grammar school), Dinslaken, Germany

  • 1990
    High School Diploma, John Dickinson High School, Newark, DE, USA

Selected publications

  • Reuter, M., Meinel, D.M., and Sträßer, K. (2015) The poly(A)-binding protein Nab2 functions in RNA polymerase III transcription. Genes Dev. 29: 1565-1575

  • Meinel, D.M. and Sträßer, K. (2015) Co-transcriptional mRNP formation is coordinated within a molecular mRNP packaging station in S. cerevisiae. BioEssays 37: 666-677 (invited review)

  • Meinel, D.M., Burkert-Kautzsch, C., Kieser, A., O'Duibhir, E., Siebert, M., Mayer, A., Cramer, P., Söding, J., Holstege, F.C., and Sträßer, K. (2013) Recruitment of TREX to the Transcription Machinery by its Direct Binding to the Phospho-CTD of RNA Polymerase II, PLOS Genetics, e1003914

  • Chanarat, S. and Sträßer, K. (2013) Splicing and beyond: The many faces of the Prp19 complex, BBA-MCR, 1833: 2126-2134 (review)

  • Chanarat, S., Burkert-Kautzsch, C., Meinel, D.M., and Sträßer, K. (2012) Prp19C and TREX: Interacting to promote transcription elongation and mRNA export, Transcription, 3: 8-12 (review)

  • Chanarat, S., Seizl, M., and Sträßer, K. (2011) The Prp19 Complex is a Novel Transcription Elongation Factor Required for TREX Occupancy at Transcribed Genes, Genes Dev., 25: 1147-1158

  • Lammens, K. *, Bemeleit, D.J. *, Möckel, C. *, Clausing, E., Schele, A., Hartung, S., Schiller, C.B., Lucas, M., Angermüller, C., Söding, J., Sträßer, K., and Hopfner, K.-P. (2011) The Mre11:Rad50 complex shows an ATP-dependent molecular clamp in DNA double-strand break repair, Cell, 145: 54-66

    * equal contribution

  • Röther, S. and Sträßer, K. (2007) The RNA polymerase II CTD kinase Ctk1 functions in translation elongation. Gen. Dev. 21: 1409-1421

    Covered by the perspective "Synchronicity: policing multiple aspects of gene expression by Ctk1" by M. Hampsey and T. G. Kinzy in the same issue of Gen. Dev.

  • Röther, S., Clausing, E., Kieser, A., and Sträßer, K. (2006) Swt1, a novel yeast protein, functions in transcription. J. Biol. Chem. 281: 36518-36525

  • Sträßer, K. , Masuda, S., Mason, P., Pfannstiel J., Oppizzi M., Rodriguez-Navarro S., Rondón A.G., Aguilera A., Struhl, K., Reed R., and Hurt E. (2002) TREX is a conserved complex coupling transcription with messenger RNA export. Nature 417: 304-308

  • Sträßer, K. and Hurt, E. (2001) Splicing factor Sub2p is required for nuclear mRNA export through its interaction with Yra1p. Nature 413:648-652

Complete list of publications

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

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