Short CV/Education and training

  • 1967 – 1977
    A-levels in Gymnasium (grammar school) in Kiev, Ukraine

  • 1977 – 1982
    Studied biology with a focus on molecular biology and genetics, National Taras Shevchenko University of Kiev, Ukraine

  • 1982 – 1990
    Research associate, Institute for Molecular Biology and Genetics, National Taras Shevchenko University of Kiev, Ukraine

  • 1989 – 1990
    Doctor of Natural Science (Dr. rer. nat.) at the Institute for Molecular Biology and Genetics, National Taras Shevchenko University of Kiev, Ukraine

  • 1990 – 1992
    Research fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to Private University Witten/Herdecke GmbH

  • 1992 – 1997
    Research associate, Private University Witten/Herdecke Gmbh

  • 1997
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) and venia legendi (authorization to teach) in biochemistry, Private University Witten/Herdecke GmbH

  • 1998 – 1997
    University professor, Private University Witten/Herdecke GmbH

  • 1998 – 2000
    Professor at the Private University Witten/Herdecke GmbH, Institute for Molecular Biology

  • 2000
    Chair in physical biochemistry, Private University Witten/Herdecke GmbH

  • 2000 – 2008
    University professor at the Private University Witten/Herdecke GmbH, Chair of Physical Biochemistry, Institute for Physical Biochemistry

  • Since 2008
    Director of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (Karl Friedrich Bonhoeffer Institute), physical biochemistry division

Selected publications

  • Fischer, N. et al.: Ribosome dynamics and tRNA movement as visualized by time-resolved electron cryomicroscopy. In: Nature 466, 2010. S. 329-333.

  • Milon, P. et al.: Kinetic checkpoint at a late step in translation initiation. In: Mol. Cell 30, 2008. S. 712-720.

  • Konevega, A.L. et al.: Spontaneous reverse movement of tRNA-mRNA through the ribosome. In: Nat. Struct. Mol. Biol. 14, 2007. S. 318-324.

  • Bieling, P. et al.: Peptide bond formation does not involve acid-base catalysis by ribosomal residues. In: Nat. Struct. Mol. Biol. 13, 2006. S. 423-428.

  • Gromadski, K.B., Daviter, T., Rodnina, M.V.: A uniform response to mismatches in codon-anticodon complexes ensures ribosomal fidelity. In: Mol. Cell 21, 2006. S. 369-377.

  • Diaconu, M. et al.: Structural basis for the function of the ribosomal L7/L12 stalk in factor binding and activation of GTP hydrolysis. In: Cell 121, 2005. S. 991-1004.

  • Sievers, A. et al.: The ribosome as an entropy trap. In: Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci USA 101, 2004. S. 7897-7901.

  • Pape, T., Wintermeyer, W., Rodnina, M.V.: Conformational switch in the decoding region of 16S rRNA during aminoacyl-tRNA selection on the ribosome. In: Nature Struct. Biol. 7, 2000. S. 104-107.

  • Pape, T., Wintermeyer, W., Rodnina, M.V.: Induced fit in initial selection and proofreading of aminoacyl-tRNA on the ribosome. In: EMBO J. 18, 1999. S. 3800-3807.

  • Rodnina, M.V. et al.: Hydrolysis of GTP by elongation factor G drives tRNA movement on the ribosome. In: Nature 385, 1997. S. 37-41.


Selected projects

Review activities:

  • Research applications: German Research Foundation (DFG), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), The Wellcome Trust, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Swiss National Fund, Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) Fellowships, French National Research Agency (ANR)

  • Journals: Nature, Science, Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, Cell, Molecular Cell, EMBO Journal, PloS, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Journal of Molecular Biology, Nucleic Acids Research, RNA etc.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Reviewer for the European Research Council (ERC), 2010 – 2013

  • Reviewer for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 2009 – 2013

  • Member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, since 2008

  • Elected reviewer for the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2008 – 2012

  • Board of Directors, RNA Society, 2007 – 2009

  • Member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, since 2005

  • Member of the American Biophysical Society, since 2004

  • Co-opted member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO), since 2004

  • Member of the Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM), since 1998

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