Short CV/Education and training

  • 1969 – 1977
    Studied biology at Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf

  • 1974 – 1977
    Doctorate in the Institute of Genetics at Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf

  • 1977 – 1978
    Postdoc lab position, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA

  • 1979 – 1980
    Research associate in the Institute of Genetics, Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, within the framework of a German Research Foundation (DFG) project

  • 1981 – 1984
    Research associate, Department of Molecular Genetics, Heidelberg University

  • 1985
    Head of a research group at the Gene Centre of the University of Munich (LMU)

  • 1985
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in biology, Heidelberg University

  • 1991 – 1995
    C3 professor at Marburg University, Germany, Department of Biology, molecular genetics

  • 1996
    C4 professor at Marburg University, Department of Biology, developmental biology

  • 1999 – 2000
    Dean in the Department of Biology, Marburg University (dean elect for the 2 years before that, vice dean for the 2 years following)

  • 2002 – 2008
    Member of the senate at Marburg University

Selected publications

  • Renkawitz-Pohl, R. et al.: Fusion from myoblasts to myotubes is dependent on the rolling stone gene (rost) of Drosophila. In: Development 121, 1995. pp. 2611-2620.

  • Renkawitz-Pohl, R. et al.: Rolling pebbles (rols) is required in Drosophila muscle precursors for recruitment of myoblasts for fusion. In: Development 128, 2001. pp. 5061-5073.

  • Renkawitz-Pohl, R. et al.: kette and blown fuse interact genetically during the second fusion step of myogenesis in Drosophila. In: Development 131, 2004. pp. 4501-4509.

  • Jayaramaiah Raja, S., Renkawitz-Pohl, R.: Replacement by Drosophila melanogaster protamines and Mst77F of histones during chromatin condensation in late spermatids and role of Sesame in the removal of these proteins from the male pronucleus. In: Mol. Cell. Biol. 25, 2005. pp. 6165-6177.

  • Renkawitz-Pohl, R. et al.: In Drosophila, don juan and don juan-like encode proteins of the sperm nucleus and the flagellum and are regulated at the transcriptional level by the TAFII80 Cannonball while translational repression is achieved by distinct elements. In: Dev. Dyn. 235, 2006. pp. 1053-1064.

  • Renkawitz-Pohl, R. et al.: Myoblast fusion in Drosophila melanogaster is mediated through a fusion restricted myogenic adhesive structure (FuRMAS). In: Dev. Dyn. 236, 2007. pp. 404-415.

  • Renkawitz-Pohl, R. et al.: Transition from a nucleosome-based to a protamine based chromatin configuration during spermiogenesis in Drosophila. In: J. Cell Science 120, 2007. pp. 1689–1700 (with cover picture).

  • Renkawitz-Pohl, R. et al.: WASp and SCAR/WAVE seem to play distinct roles in activating Arp2/3 during myoblast fusion. In: J. Cell Sci. 121, 2008. pp. 1303-1313.

  • Renkawitz-Pohl, R. et al.: Distinct functions of MST77F and protoamines in nuclear shaping and chromatin condensation during Drosophila spermiogenesis. In: EJCB 89, 2010. pp. 326-338.

  • Awe, S., Renkawitz-Pohl, R.: Histone H4 acetylation is required to proceed from a histone to a protamine based chromatin structure in spermatid nuclei of Drosophila melanogaster. In: SBiRM (Systeme Biology in Reproductive Medicine) 56, 2010. pp. 44-61.


Selected projects

  • The cell biology of the fusion of myoblasts to myotubes

  • The change from chromatin based on histone to chromatin based on protamines in spermatogenesis

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat), since 2010

  • Chairperson of the executive committee of the German Society for Developmental Biology, 2006 – 2007

  • Member of the executive committee of Research Training Group GK 1216, 2005 – 2010

  • Advisory board of the German Genetics Society, 2003 – 2005

  • Deputy chairperson of the German Society for Developmental Biology, 2003 – 2005

  • Member of the advisory board "Initiative Biotechnology Marburg", since 2003

  • Member of the board of trustees of the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg, 2000 – 2003

  • Member of the executive committee of the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 397, 1995 – 2003

  • Member of the advisory board of the German Society for Cell Biology, 1995 – 2001

  • Member of the executive committee of the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 190, until 1991

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