Center for Structural Systems Biology, Hamburg, DE

What keeps cells and organisms alive are specific functions performed by highly organized macromolecular assemblies. Thomas Marlovits' research group wants to understand the architectural design of these ‘biological nanomachines’. The team explores such structures under normal and disease-related conditions. In order to elucidate the molecular mechanisms, the research group uses high-resolution three-dimensional electron microscopy to directly visualize molecular machines in action.

As a joint IMP-IMBA group leader Thomas Marlovits works for both IMBA and the partner institute IMP.


since 2014      Deputy Director at CSSB – Center for Structural Systems Biology, Hamburg, Germany
since 2013      Professor and Chair (Institute of Structural and Systems Biology) at the University Medical Center Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany
2007-2011     Scientific Director CMCN (Center for Molecular and Cellular Nanostructure)
Since 2005      Joint Research Group Leader at the IMP (Institute of Molecular Pathology) and IMBA (Institute of Molecular Biotechnology – Austrian Academy of Sciences)
2000-2005     PostDoc at Yale University, School of Medicine, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
1999-2000     PostDoc at the Max-Planck-Institute of Biophysics (Frankfurt/Germany)
2000               M.A.S. in Management
1997               PhD in Biochemistry (University of Vienna/Austria)


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Speaker at
9-10 February 2015 @ Square, Brussels, Belgium