The International Max Planck Research School for Chemical and Molecular Biology (IMPRS-CMB) is a collaboration between the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology and three universities, the Technical University Dortmund (TU Dortmund), the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) and the University of Duisburg-Essen (DUE).

All four institutes are located in the Ruhr Metropolitan Area of Germany, an extremely vibrant and culturally interconnected region. The same spirit is reflected in the science of our program: research groups, with different and often complementary approaches, combine their efforts to study at the molecular level basic cell physiology.

Below you can find all the research groups that are part of IMPRS-CMB, in alphabetical order. You can also search groups by name, topic or technique.

Read about OUR SCIENCE by visiting the webpages of our Faculty Members.


Prof. Dr. Daniel Summerer

Current Position: Professor for Chemical Biology, TU Dortmund
2013-2015: Acting Professor for org. Chemistry, University of Konstanz
Fellow of the Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz

2007-2010: Head of Application Development, Biotech Industry
2006-2007: Project Manager, Biotech Industry
2004-2006: Research Associate, The Scripps Research Institute
2001-2004: PhD, University of Bonn

Research Interest
Our research interest is to understand the molecular mechanisms by that information encoded in the genome is read by the cellular machinery and to unravel how perturbations of this process contribute to the development of diseases. Using principles of chemical biology and molecular evolution, we are interested in engineering designer functions at the protein-nucleic acid interface that enable new ways of genetic information processing in vivo with implications for research, diagnosis and therapy.

- Nucleic Acid Chemistry

- Protein Chemistry
- Directed Molecular Evolution (Protein Design)
- Epigenetics / Genomics

Selected Reading
Kubik G, Batke S, Summerer D. Programmable sensors of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine. J Am Chem Soc 2015, 137, 2-5.

Kubik G, Summerer D. Deciphering epigenetic cytosine modifications by direct molecular recognition. ACS Chem Biol 2015, 10, 1580-9.

Kubik G, Schmidt MJ, Penner JE, Summerer D. Programmable and highly resolved in vitro detection of genomic 5-methylcytosine by TALEs. Angew Chem Int Ed 2014, 53, 6002-6.

Schmidt MJ, Borbas J, Drescher M, Summerer D. A genetically encoded spin label for electron paramagnetic resonance distance measurements. J Am Chem Soc 2014, 136, 1238-41.

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