Malte Gersch

Group Leader
Max Planck Institute Dortmund

Malte Gersch is an independent research group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Chemical Genomics Centre, in Dortmund Germany, and jointly affiliated with the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology of TU Dortmund University. He obtained a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biochemistry and an M.Sc. of chemistry from LMU Munich. Following a research internship in the laboratory of Prof. Matthew Bogyo at Stanford University, he pursued his PhD in Chemical Biology with Prof. Dr. Stephan A. Sieber at TU Munich on chemical tools to dissect mechanisms of bacterial proteases. He subsequently joined the laboratory of Dr. David Komander at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in Cambridge, UK, for post-doctoral training in structural biology, investigating the structure, function, and inhibition of human deubiquitinases (DUBs). His independent research explores novel ways to investigate and therapeutically target proteolysis in the ubiquitin system, for which a multidisciplinary approach combining organic synthesis, chemical and structural biology and cellular assays is employed. His laboratory is supported by an Emmy-Noether fellowship awarded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). His work has been recognized through the Emil Erlenmeyer Medal, the Hans Fischer Prize, the Friedrich Weygand Prize and through a membership in the Young College of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts.