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Frauke Melchior, ZMBH Uni Heidelberg, CellNetworks Member

BioQuant, Seminar room 041, Im Neuenheimer Feld 267


Frauke Melchior studied chemistry in Marburg and Bristol, and graduated in 1990 in biochemistry. After postdoctoral work at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, she moved to the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, where she started to work on nucleocytoplasmic transport in mammalian cells. Here, she revealed a role for the GTPaseRan in nucleocytoplasmic transport and discovered "SUMOylation". Since 1998 she leads her own team, initially as a junior group leader at the MPI for Biochemistry in Martinsried, then as Professor for Biochemistry at the Medical Faculty, Göttingen, and since 2009 as Professor for Molecular Biology at the ZMBH, a research Center of Heidelberg University. Her research on fundamental mechanisms of SUMOylation and Ubiquitylation connects to many different cellular pathways, including nucleocytoplasmic transport, signal transduction including stress response, and cell cycle. Frauke Melchior was elected to EMBO in 2007 and to the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in 2014 and is recipient of the 2018 Woman in Science EMBO / FEBS Award. Following an academic career beyond PhD frequently seems scary, especially when two partners are involved and when children may be planned. Frauke Melchior will share some of her personal experiences with raising a child while working in academia, both as a mother and a lab head, and will invite participants to bring up and discuss issues such as current regulations on working in laboratories during pregnancy, gender balance, job search as a couple, going abroad with children or family-related benefits and difficulties in academic positions.

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