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Goethe University Medical School

Institute for Biochemistry II

The Institute of Biochemistry II of the Medical Faculty at the Goethe University focuses on deciphering the molecular basis of cellular signaling. Our primary goal is to comprehend the macromolecular nature of complex cellular phenomena underlying growth and differentiation, survival and apoptosis, as well as migration and sprouting of cells. On the scholarly side, the Institute is devoted to the education of medical students for whom we provide lectures, practical courses, interactive seminars and summer schools. The Institute style, direction and a competitive scientific environment were established under leadership of Professor Werner Mueller-Esterl from 1999 till 2008, who is succeeded by a new leadership chaired by Professor Ivan Dikic since the beginning of 2009.The Institute is well integrated into the scientific activities of the Medical Faculty, as well as of the Goethe University. The scientists are engaged in two collaborative Research Centers (Sonderforschungsbereiche), a Transregio network and a Schwerpunk program, which are all funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. The institute is an integral part of two Clusters of excellence in Frankfurt: Macromolecular complexes and Cardio-Pulmonary system and additionally receives funding support from the FP7 EU program, the National Institute of Health, The Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation, German-Israeli Foundation and Sanofi-Aventis. The Institute is home for more than 40 staff members, and among them are 18 academics and 17 PhD- and diploma students with mixed backgrounds in biochemistry, medicine, biology, chemistry and pharmacy. More than one third of the staff is foreign, and therefore the primary language is English. However, we also speak German, Croatian, Hindu, French, Persian, Japanese, Spanish, Polish, Russian, Dutch and few other languages. We are particularly dedicated to support the careers of junior people, and we take pride in providing excellent research facilities for junior staff ensuring their full independence. For more information see


Goethe University Medical School
Institute for Biochemistry II
Theodor Stern-Kai 7
Hs 75
60590 Frankfurt am Main
Forschung & Lehre