Institute of Biochemistry

Welcome in the Institute for Biochemistry I

at the Medical School of the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
Institute for Biochemistry I
Nonnenplan 2
07743 Jena

Fax: -49-(0)36 41- 9-3 86 12

Director of the institute


Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Britta Qualmann


Phone: 03641/ 939 63 00




Dipl.-Ing. Sybille Pabst


Phone: 03641/ 93 963 01


Research of the institute

The research efforts of the institute primarily focus on studying the functional interactions of the cortical actin cytoskeleton, which supports, shapes and moves the plasma membrane of each eukaryotic cell and helps to generate specialized cellular features and structures, with membrane trafficking processes and with modulations of membrane topology.
This work provides important insights into both the individual processes and their functional interactions. Such interactions seem to be very important for the development and control of defined cell morphologies, for cell movement and polarity, for the special performance of secretory cells, and for the organization of functional tissues and organs. It is for example a basis for the generation, the maintenance and the reorganization of functional and morphological specializations of cells, such as the synaptic junctions of neurons. The communication and usage-dependent alteration of synaptic transmission are the basis for learning and memory.

AG Zellbiologie des Cytoskeletts - PD Dr. rer. nat. Michael Kessels

PD Dr. rer. nat. Michael Kessels


Phone: 03641/ 9 39 63 10


AG Proteomics - PD Dr. med. Heidrun Rhode

PD Dr. med. habil. Heidrun Rhode

AG Proteomics

Phone: 03641/ 9 39 63 73


We use a broad panel of modern methods of molecular biology, genetics, biophysics and biochemistry as well as of developmental and cell biology. Our work offers a variety of different possibilities to join us (Postdoc / PhD student / Diploma and Master student / trainees and research scholars).

Review articles

  • Trends Cell Biol 2009: New players in actin polymerization - WH2-domain-containing actin nucleators.
  • J Cell Sci. 2004: The syndapin protein family: linking membrane trafficking with the cytoskeleton.
  • Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2003: Temporal and spatial coordination of exocytosis and endocytosis.
  • J. Cell Biol. 2000: Molecular links between endocytosis and the actin cytoskeleton.
  • Anal. Chimica Acta 2013: Quality characteristics of single sample preparation steps crucially determine reproducibility and coverage in proteomic studies.