Interfaculty Institute of Biochemistry (IFIB)

Hailfinger group - lymphocyte activation

Research Topics

  • Identification and description of regulators of lymphocyte activation
  • Molecular mechanisms of NF-kB activation in lymphocytes and lymphoma cells
  • Assembly process of antigen receptors
  • The role of the protease MALT1 in diseases

Jansen group - RNA biology

We work on intracellular RNA trafficking. Ribonucleic acid carries the cell's building instructions from the genome in the nucleus to the cytosol where proteins are synthesized according to these messages. Whether and where RNA is translated into protein is an important decision for the cell. We investigate mRNA localization and translation in yeast along with the life cycle and positioning of RNA-protein complexes, so called ribonucleoprotein particles (RNP), that are crucial for post-translational regulation.


Research topics

  • mRNA localisation and translational control in yeast
  • Coordination of RNP and organelle transport
  • Control of translation elongation
  • Assembly and disassembly of transport ribonucleoprotein particles


Rapaport group - mitochondrial biogenesis & dynamics

The mitochondrial outer membrane plays a crucial role in the biogenesis, inheritance and dynamics of the organelle and forms the functional and signaling link between mitochondria and the rest of the eukaryotic cell. This membrane contains a diverse set of proteins that are synthesized in the cytosol and harbor signals that are essential for their subsequent import into mitochondria. We investigate the molecular mechanisms by which the various mitochondrial outer membrane proteins are targeted to mitochondria, inserted into the outer membrane and assembled into functional complexes within the membrane. In addition, we study the mechanisms and components that regulate lipids homeostasis in mitochondria. For our studies we use both yeast and mammalian tissue cultures as experimental systems.


Research Topics

  • Biogenesis of mitochondrial and bacterial β-barrel proteins
  • Cytosolic factors that mediate targeting of mitochondrial precursor proteins
  • Membrane integration of mitochondrial outer membrane helical proteins
  • Lipid homeostasis in mitochondria