Short CV/Education and training

  • 1980 – 1985
    Studied biochemistry at the University of Leipzig, Germany

  • 1988
    Doctor of Natural Science (Dr rer. nat.), Department of Biology, Institute of Biochemistry, University of Leipzig

  • 1988 – 1990
    Research associate at the University of Leipzig

  • 1990 – 1991
    Birth and care of two sons

  • 1992 – 1994
    Postdoc at the University of California, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Los Angeles, USA

  • 1994 – 1999
    Research associate at the University of Osnabrück, Germany

  • 1999 – 2002
    Heisenberg Fellowship at the University of Osnabrück

  • 2002 – 2004
    C3 professor of microbiology at the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany

  • Since 2004
    C4 professor and chair in microbiology at LMU Munich, Germany

Selected publications

  • Ude, S., Lassak, J., Starosta, A. L., Kraxenberger, T., Wilson, D.N., Jung, K. (2013) Translation elongation factor EF-P alleviates ribosome stalling at polyproline stretches. Science 339, 82-85.

  • Peil, L., Starosta, A.L., Lassak, J., Atkinson, G., Virumäe, K., Spitzer, M., Tenson, T., Jung, K., Remme, J., Wilson, D.N. (2013) Distinct XPPX-motifs induce ribosome stalling, which are rescued by the translation elongation factor EF-P, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 110, 15265-15270.

  • Behr, S., Fried, L., Jung, K. (2014) Identification of a novel nutrient-sensing histidine kinase/response regulator signaling network in Escherichia coli, J. Bacteriol. 96, 2023-202.

  • Lassak, J., Keilhauer, E., Fürst, M., Wuichet, K., Gödeke, J., Starosta, A.L., Chen, J., Søgaard-Andersen, L., Rohr, J., Wilson, D.N., Häussler, S., Mann, M., Jung, K. (2015) Arginine-rhamnosylation as new strategy for post-translational modification of translation elongation factor P, Nat. Chem. Biol., 11, 266-70.

  • Plener, L., Lorenz, N., Reiger, M., Ramalho, T., Gerland, U., Jung, K. (2015) The phosphorylation flow of the Vibrio harveyi quorum sensing cascade determines levels of phenotypic heterogeneity in the population, J. Bacteriol., 197, 1747–1756.

  • Rossmann, F.S., Wobser, D., Racek, T., Puchalka, J., Rabener, E.M., Reiger, M., Hendrickx, A.P.A., Diederich, A., Jung, K., Klein, C., Huebner, J. (2015) Phage-mediated dispersal of biofilm and distribution of bacterial virulence genes is induced by Quorum Sensing. PLoS Pathog. 11(2): e1004653.

  • Jung, H., Jung, K., Kleber, H.-P.: Verfahren zur enzymatischen Synthese von L(-)-Carnitin AP C 12 P / 308 243 6; DD 281 735 A7; AT 26.10.1987, EP 0 320 460 A2.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Stimulus perception and signal transduction by histidine kinases

  • Structural and functional analysis of the membrane-integrated sensor and transcriptional activator CadC in Escherichia coli

  • Quorum sensing and anti-quorum sensing in Vibrio harveyi

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Speaker for the DFG Research Training Group “Molecular Principles of Synthetic Biology” GRK2062/1, 2014 – 2019

  • Managing director of the Department of Biology I, 2012 – 2014, since 2014 deputy managing director

  • Speaker for the DFG Priority Programme SPP 1617 “Phenotypic heterogeneity and sociobiology of bacterial populations”, since 2011

  • Speaker for the Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) Research Focus “Synthetic Biology”, since 2010

  • Member of the advisory board of the BioM WB GmbH, since 2010

  • Elected mentor for the Faculty of Biology within the framework of LMUexcellent "LMUMentoring, since 2007

  • Centre of Excellence board member, Centre for Integrative Protein Science Munich (CiPSM), since 2006

  • Spokesperson of the VAAM subject area Regulation and Signal transduction in Prokaryotes, 2005 – 2011

  • Equal opportunity officer of the Faculty of Biology, LMU Munich, 2004 – 2008

  • Member of the selection committee for postdoctoral fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 1994 – 1996

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Mentor, initiator and director of the CiPSM Women programme


Other activities and achievements/family

  • married, two sons (*1987, *1989)


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