Molecular Cell Biology
The cytoskeleton is responsible for the mechanical stabilisation of the cell and its outer shape, for the movement of the cell as a whole as well as for movement and transportation within the cell. The research group "XY" focusses on one specific part of the cytoskeleton: the aktincytoskeleton. Which plays a role in giving an effective immune response as well as a target for pathogens. Understanding the molecular mechanisms underlining the construction and destruction of the actin structure is one of the main goals of Klemens Rottner and his teams.
Klemens Rotter studied zoology at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg and after graduation received a doctorate in the field of cell biology/immunology. In 2000 he moved to Braunschweig and worked as a postdoc in the Society for Biotechnological Research. In 2004 he took over as head of the Cytoskeleton Dynamics research group at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research. He was appointed as chair of the Institute for Genetics in 2010 by the Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn but returned to Braunschweig in 2014.
Since then he operates as professor at the Institute for Zoology at the TU Braunschweig and additionally leads the research group of Molecular Cell Biology at the Helmholtz-Centre for Infection Research.