Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2013
    Junior Group leader, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Germany. Research topic: Non-coding RNAs and mechanisms of cytoplasmic gene regulation

  • 2006 – 2012
    Joint Postdoctoral Fellow. Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland. Research topic: Studies on the mechanisms of miRNA function

  • 2001
    - 2006: Ph.D (Dr. rer. nat). European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Developmental Biology Programme, Heidelberg, Germany. PhD degree awarded jointly by the EMBL and University of Heidelberg, Germany.

    Research topic: translational control and mRNA localization during Drosophila oogenesis

  • 1998 – 2001
    Biochemistry. Institute of Protein Research, Russian Academy of Sciences, Pushchino, Russia

  • 1993 – 1998
    M.S., Biology. State University of Moldova, Kishinev, Moldova. Biochemistry Department, laboratory of Protein Chemistry

Selected publications

  • Zappulo A*, van den Bruck D*, Ciolli Mattioli C*, Franke V*, Imami K, McShane E, Moreno-Estelles M, Calviello L, Filipchyk A, Peguero-Sanchez E, Müller T, Wohler A, Birchmeier C, Merino E, Rajewsky N, Ohler U, Mazzoni E, Selbach M, Akalin A, and Chekulaeva M# (2017). RNA localization is the key determinant of neurite-enriched proteome. Nature Communications, doi: 10.1038/s41467-017-00690-6

  • Pamudurti NR*, Bartok O*, Jens M*, Ashwal-Fluss R*, Stottmeister C, Ruhe L, Hanan M, Wyler M, Perez-Hernandez D, Ramberger E, Shenzis S, Samson M, Dittmar G, Landthaler M, Chekulaeva M, Rajewsky N and Kadener S (2017). Translation of circRNAs. Molecular Cell, doi:

  • Mauri M, Kirchner M, Aharoni R, Ciolli Mattioli C, van den Bruck D, Gutkovitch N, Modepalli V, Selbach M, Moran Y, and Chekulaeva M# (2016). Conservation of miRNA-mediated silencing mechanisms across 600 million years of animal evolution. Nucleic Acids Research, 45 (2), 938-950, doi:10.1093/nar/gkw792.

  • Chekulaeva M# and Landthaler M# (2016). Eyes on translation. Molecular Cell; 63(6):918-25. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2016.08.031.

  • Chekulaeva M*, Mathys H*, Zipprich J, Attig J, Colic M, Parker R, and Filipowicz W. (2011). miRNA repression involves GW182-mediated recruitment of CCR4–NOT through conserved W-containing motifs. Nature Structural and Molecular Biology 8(11):1218-26. Recommended by Faculty1000.

    • previewed by: Hafner, M., Ascano, M., and Tuschl, T. (2011). New insights in the mechanism of microRNA-mediated target repression. NSMB18(11): 1181-2.

  • Chekulaeva M, Parker R, and Filipowicz W. (2010). The GW/WG repeats of Drosophila GW182 function as effector motifs for miRNA-mediated repression. Nucleic Acids Research 38(19): 6673-83.

  • Ozgur S, Chekulaeva M, Stoecklin G. (2010). Human Pat1b connects deadenylation with mRNA decapping and controls the assembly of processing-bodies. Molecular and Cellular Biology 30(17): 4308-23.

  • Chekulaeva M# and Filipowicz W#. (2009). Mechanisms of miRNA-mediated post-transcriptional regulation in animal cells. Current Opinion in Cell Biology 21(3): 452-60.

  • Chekulaeva M#, Filipowicz W#, and Parker R#. (2009). Multiple independent domains of dGW182 function in miRNA-mediated repression in Drosophila. RNA 15: 794-803.

  • Chekulaeva M, Hentze MW, and Ephrussi A. (2006). Bruno acts as a dual repressor of oskar mRNA translation promoting mRNA oligomerization and formation of silencing particles. Cell 124: 521-533. Recommended by Faculty1000.

    • previewed by: Tekotte, H., and Davis, I. (2006). Bruno: A Double Turn-off for Oskar. Dev. Cell 10(3): 280-1.


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