Short CV/Education and training

  • 1980 – 1987
    Camerloher Gymnasium Freising, Germany

  • 1987 – 1990
    Staatl. Brautechn. Prüf- und Versuchsanstalt der TU München Weihenstephan, Freising, Germany und Städtische Berufsschule für Zahntechnik, Chemie, Biologie und Drogerieberufe, München, Germany

  • 1990
    IHK certificate "chemistry laboratory assistant", Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Munich and Upper Bavaria, Germany

  • 1990 – 1992
    Staatl. Berufsoberschule Scheyern (BOS), Scheyern, Germany

  • 1992
    Abitur (A-levels) at the BOS Scheyern (Allgemeine Hochschulreife)

  • 1992 – 1994
    Studied Biology, University of Regensburg, Germany

  • 1994
    Pre-degree in biology

  • 1994 – 1997
    Studied Biology, TU München, Germany

  • 1997
    Diploma in biology

  • 1997 – 2000
    TU München, Physics Department E22, Garching, Germany

  • 2000
    Doctorate in physics (biophysics)

  • 2000 – 2002
    Postdoc, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Dept. of Structural Biology, Rehovot, Israel

  • 2002 – 2007
    Scientific Assistant (Wissenschaftliche Assistentin, C1), University of Regensburg, Dept. of Biocheminstry

  • 2008
    Habilitation in Biochemistry

  • since 2008
    Private Lecturer (Biocheminstry), University of Regensburg

  • since 2008
    Head Biomineralization, INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials gGmbH, Saarbrücken, Germany

Selected publications

  • Weiss I (2012) Species-specific shells: Chitin synthases and cell mechanics in molluscs. Zeitschrift für Kristallographie – Crystalline Materials 227: 723-738.

  • Weber E, Guth C, Weiss IM (2012) GFP facilitates native purification of recombinant perlucin derivatives and delays the precipitation of calcium carbonate. PLoS One 7: e46653.

  • Schneider AS, Heiland B, Peter NJ, Guth C, Arzt E, et al. (2012) Hierarchical super-structure identified by polarized light microscopy, electron microscopy and nanoindentation: Implications for the limits of biological control over the growth mode of abalone sea shells. BMC Biophysics 5: 19.

  • Schönitzer V, Eichner N, Clausen-Schaumann H, Weiss IM (2011) Transmembrane myosin chitin synthase involved in mollusc shell formation produced in Dictyostelium is active. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 415: 586-590.

  • Bauer P, Elbaum R, Weiss IM (2011) Calcium and silicon mineralization in land plants: Transport, structure and function. Plant Science 180: 746?756.

  • Weiss IM, Schmitt KP, Kirchner HOK (2011) The peacock's train (Pavo cristatus and Pavo cristatus mut. alba) II. The molecular parameters of feather keratin plasticity. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology 315A: 266-273.

  • Weiss IM, Kirchner HOK (2010) The peacock's train (Pavo cristatus and Pavo cristatus mut. alba) I. Structure, mechanics, and chemistry of the tail feather coverts. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology 313A: 690-703.

  • Weiss IM (2010) Jewels in the Pearl. ChemBioChem 11: 297-300.

  • Weiss IM, Kaufmann S, Heiland B, Tanaka M (2009) Covalent modification of chitin with silk-derivatives acts as an amphiphilic self-organizing template in nacre biomineralisation. Journal of Structural Biology 167: 68-75.

  • Weiss IM, Marin F (2008) The Role of Enzymes in Biomineralization Processes. In: Sigel A, Sigel H, Sigel RKO, editors. Met Ions Life Sci – Biomineralization: From Nature to Application. West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons. pp. 71-126.

  • Kaufmann S, Weiss IM, Tanaka M (2007) Quantitative in vitro biopolymerization to chitin in native chitosomal membranes supported by silica microparticles. Journal of the American Chemical Society 129: 10807-10813.

  • Weiss IM, Schönitzer V, Eichner N, Sumper M (2006) The chitin synthase involved in marine bivalve mollusk shell formation contains a myosin domain. FEBS Letters 580: 1846-1852.

  • Weiss IM, Tuross N, Addadi L, Weiner S (2002) Mollusc larval shell formation: amorphous calcium carbonate is a precursor phase for aragonite. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Comparative Experimental Biology 293: 478-491.

  • Weiss IM, Kaufmann S, Mann K, Fritz M (2000) Purification and Characterization of Perlucin and Perlustrin, Two New Proteins from the Shell of the Mollusc Haliotis laevigata. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 267: 17-21.


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