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May 2022: Elmar, Patrick, Nele (from AG Schwarz), Alex, Heide, Monika, and Malika (rotation student)

Principal Investigator

Elmar Behrmann

04/2022 Managing director of the Institute of Biochemistry, University of Cologne
11/2017 Professor for Structural Biochemistry at the Institute of Biochemistry, University of Cologne
2017-2020 independent Max-Planck group leader, Caesar Bonn
2014-2019 FreiGeist Group Leader; Caesar Bonn
2012-2014 PostDoc with Christian Spahn; IMPB - Charité Berlin
2008-2012 PhD student with Stefan Raunser; MPI of Molecular Physiology
2008 Diploma student with Reinhard Jahn; MPI for Biophysical Chemistry
2003-2008 Studies in biochemistry; University of Bielefeld, MPI Göttingen and University of Notre Dame
  Awards & Fellowships
2014-2019 Fellow of the Young "Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung"
2014 Freigeist Fellow of the VolkswagenFoundation
2012 Otto-Hahn-Medal of the Max Planck Society
2009-2012 Fellow of the "Fonds der Chemischen Industrie"
2003-2005 Fellow of the "Fonds der Chemischen Industrie"

Staff Scientists

Monika Gunkel - Cryo-EM suite manager

10/2015:    member of the group
2013-2014   PostDoc with U. Benjamin Kaupp, Caesar
2010-2013 PhD with U. Benjamin Kaupp, Caesar
2009 Diploma Student with Helmut Schmitz, FWU Bonn


Arthur Macha - Post-Doctoral Fellow
10/2022: member of the group
2021-2022 PostDocPhD with Guenter Schwarz, Institute for Biochemistry, University of Cologne
2017-2021 PhD with Guenter Schwarz, Institute for Biochemistry, University of Cologne
2014-2016 M.Sc. in Biological Sciences, University of Cologne

PhD Students

Patrick Freiburg - PhD student
11/2018: member of the group

B.Sc. and M.Sc. Biology, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Technical Assistants

Alexandra "Alex" Schneider - Technical Assistant - on maternity leave
07/2016: member of the group


Degree Biology Laboratory Assistant, Caesar

Jennifer Lange - Technical Assistant
01/2023: member of the group


M.Sc. Chemistry at the University of Leipzig

Lab Alumni:

03/2017 - 10/2018: Dr. Magdalena Schacherl, PostDoc

12/2014 - 02/2019: Nikolai Krupp, Ph.D. Student

02/2017 - 08/2021: Zhuoyan Chen, Ph.D. Student

09/2018 - 12/2021: Christoph Klatt, Ph.D. Student

04/2015 - 01/2022: Gayathri Jeyasankar, PostDoc

03/2019 - 12/2022: Heide Behrmann, PostDoc

Previous Group Pictures:

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  • July 2021: Ahad, Nele (from AG Schwarz), Anthony, Gayathri, Patrick, Elmar, Alex, Christoph, Heide, and Monika
  • April 2019: Patrick, Monika, Alex, Heide, Elmar, Gayathri, Christoph, Antje (almost hidden behind Anthony), and Anthony
  • May 2018: Alex, Anthony, Magdalena, Elmar, Christoph, Nikolai, Antje, and Gayathri. (Monika is missing on the picture)
  • October 2017: standing: Nikolai, Gayathri, Alex, and Antje. Sitting: Monika, Magdalena, Elmar, and Anthony
  • September 2016: Monika, Elmar, Gayathri, Nikolai, Alex and Antje
  • January 2016: Monika, Kai, Nikolai, Gayathri and Elmar