Short CV/Education and training

    Studied biochemistry at the University of Hannover, Germany, Diplom degree at the University of Zurich, Switzerland (in the research group of Prof. Plückthun)

  • 2002
    Doctorate (Dr sc. nat.) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, in the research group of Prof. Ari Helenius

  • 2002 – 2007
    Postdoctoral Fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Research in La Jolla, CA, USA, in the Structural Biology Laboratory

  • 2007 – 2014
    Head of the Helmholtz University Young Investigators Group "Macromolecular Interactions" at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig, Germany

  • 2009 – 2014
    Additional appointment as W2 professor of biophysics/NMR-supported infectious disease research at the Braunschweig University of Technology; focus of research: explaining the structure and function of new virulence mechanisms using NMR spectroscopy

  • since 2014
    Head of the unit "NMR spectroscopy" at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig, Germany

Selected publications

  • He, L., Bardiaux, B., Ahmed, M., Spehr, J., König, R., Lünsdorf, H., et al. (2016): Structure determination of helical filaments by solid-state NMR spectroscopy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201513119.

  • Schubeis, T.; Yuan, P.; Ahmed, M.; Nagarai, M.; van Rossum, B.; Ritter, C. (2015): Untangling a repetitive amyloid sequence: correlating biofilm-derived and segmentally labeled curli fimbriae by solid-state NMR spectroscopy. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl 54(49):14669-14672

  • Hellert J, Weidner-Glunde M, Krausze J, Lünsdorf H, Ritter C, Schulz TF, Lührs T. (2015): The 3D structure of Kaposi sarcoma herpesvirus LANA C-terminal domain bound to DNA. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 May 26;112(21):6694-9.

  • He, L., Lührs, T., & Ritter, C. (2014). Solid-state NMR resonance assignments of the filament-forming CARD domain of the innate immunity signaling protein MAVS. Biomolecular NMR Assignments.

  • Schubeis T., Lührs T. and Ritter C. (2015): Unambiguous assignment of short and long range structural restraints by solid state NMR using segmental isotope labeling.Chembiochem. 16(1):51-4

  • Hellert J., Weidner-Glunde M., Krausze J., Richter U., Adler H., Fedorov R., Pietrek M., Rückert J., Ritter C., Schulz T.F., Lührs T. (2013): A structural basis for BRD2/4-mediated host chromatin interaction and oligomer assembly of Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus and murine gammaherpesvirus LANA proteins. PLoS Pathog. 9(10):e1003640

  • Wasmer, C. et al.: Structural Similarity between the Prion Domain of HET-s and a Homologue Can Explain Amyloid Cross-Seeding in Spite of Limited Sequence Identity. In: J Mol Biol 2010.

  • Greenwald, J. et al.: The Mechanism of prion inhibition by HET-S. In: Mol Cell 38, 2010. S. 889-899.

  • Ritter, C. et al.: Correlation of structural elements and infectivity of the HET-s prion. In: Nature 435, 2005. S. 844-848.

  • Luhrs, T. et al.: 3D structure of Alzheimer's amyloid-β(1-42) fibrils. In: Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 102(48), 2005. S. 17342-17347.

  • Siemer, A.B. et al.: High-resolution solid-state NMR spectroscopy of the prion protein HET-s in its amyloid conformation. In: Angewandte Chemie International 44, 2005. S. 2441-2444.

  • Ritter, C. et al.: Minor folding defects trigger local modification of glycoproteins by the ER folding sensor GT. In: EMBO J. 24(9), 2005. S. 1730-1738.

  • Ritter, C., Helenius, A.: Recognition of local glycoprotein misfolding by the ER folding sensor UDP-glucose:glycoprotein glucosyltransferase. In: Nat Struct Biol. 7, 2000. S. 278-280.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • NMR-supported research on the structure and function of bacterial amyloid adhesives

  • Structural basis of virus-induced protein aggregation

  • Structural basis of the capability for cross-seeding between moderately homologous prions from filamentous fungi

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Biotechnology academic affairs committee at the Braunschweig University of Technology, 2011 – 2014

  • Member of the selection committee for the 8th Call for Applications for Helmholtz Young Investigators Groups, 2010

  • Member of the Junge Akademie (academy of young scientists) of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) and the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, since 2008

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Management: graduate of the Helmholtz Management Academy

  • Dual Career

Other activities and achievements/family

  • 2 children


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