Prof. Dr. Stefan Raunser

Stefan Raunser, was born 1976 in Landau/Pfalz. He studied chemistry and biology at the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. He prepared his PhD thesis in the group of Werner Kühlbrandt at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt/Main and received his PhD in biochemistry at Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe Universität Frankfurt in 2004.

From 2005 to 2008 he was a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Thomas Walz at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA and from 2008 to 2013 he was Emmy Noether group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology in Dortmund. From January to June 2014 he was Einstein-Professor for Membrane Biochemistry at Freie Universität Berlin.

Since July 2014 he is director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology in Dortmund.

In March 2015 he became honorary Professor at the Faculty of Biology at the University Duisburg Essen and since May 2015 he is Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Chemistry and Biology at the TU Dortmund University.

Raunser has been a member of the scientific organisation EMBO since 2018. Since 2019 he is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and in 2022 he was elected to the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and Arts.

Stefan Raunser received an ERC Consolidator Grant in 2014 and an ERC Synergy Grant in 2019.


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Complete Vita   


2001 – 2004
PhD in Biochemistry, University of Frankfurt, Germany, Supervisor: Dr. Werner Kühlbrandt,
Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Frankfurt, Germany

1995 – 2000
Diploma degree (equivalent to M.Sc.) in Biology, University of Mainz, Germany
First German State Examination in Chemistry and Biology, University of Mainz, Germany 
Supervisor of diploma thesis: Dr. H. Paulsen, University of Mainz, Germany

Abitur with specialization in Biology, Chemistry and English


Current Positions

2015 – now
Honorary Professor, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

2015 – now
Adjunct Professor, Technical University Dortmund, Germany

2014 – now
Director, Department of Structural Biochemistry,
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, Germany


Previous Positions

Full Professor, Department of Chemistry/Biology/Pharmacy,
Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

2008 – 2013
Independent Group Leader, Department of Physical Biochemistry,
 Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, Germany

2005 –2008

Postdoctoral Researcher in the laboratory of Dr. T. Walz,
HHMI, Department of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA


Fellowships and Awards

Member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts

ERC Synergy Grant (together with D. Görlich, F. Schnorrer, M. Gautel)

Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina


Randall Lecture – King’s College London University

ERC Consolidator Grant

Einstein-Professorship of the Einstein Foundation Berlin

2011 – 2014
Member of the “Junges Kolleg” (Academy of Sciences and Arts of North Rhine-Westphalia)

2009 – 2011
Member of the Global Young Faculty; Speaker of the Health group

2008 – 2013
Emmy-Noether Fellowship German Research Foundation (DFG)

2007 – 2008
Fellow of the German Academy of Sciences “Leopoldina”

2005 – 2006
Fellow of Harvard Medical School

2001 – 2004
Fellow of the German National Academic Foundation

Fellow of the Johannes-Gutenberg University Foundation

1998 – 1999
Erasmus Fellow of the European Union

Winner of the “Jugend forscht” competition in Palatinate

Selected Publications 2013-2024

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Tamborrini D, Wang Z, Wagner T, Tacke S, Stabrin S, Grange M, Kho AL, Rees M, Bennet P, Gautel M, Raunser S (2023). Structure of the native myosin filament in the relaxed cardiac sarcomere. Nature

Rice G, Wagner T, Stabrin M, Sitsel O, Prumbaum D, Raunser S (2023). TomoTwin: generalized 3D localization of macromolecules in cryo-electron tomograms with structural data mining. Nature Methods

Oosterheert W, Klink B. U, Belyy A, Pospich S, Raunser S (2022). Structural Basis of actin filament assembly and aging. Nature


Wang Z, Grange M, Pospich S, Wagner T, Kho A.L, Gautel M, Raunser S (2022). Structures from intact myofibrils reveal mechanism of thin filament regulation through nebulin. Science

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Wang Z, Grange M, Wagner T, Khoo AL, Gautel M, Raunser S (2021). The molecular basis for sarcomere organization in vertebrate skeletal muscle  Cell  

Gatsogiannis C, Balogh D, Merino F, Sieber SA, Raunser S (2019). Cryo-EM structure of the ClpXP protein degradation machinery. Nat Struct Mol Bio
doi: 10.1038/s41594-019-0304-0.

Raisch T, Chang CT, Levdansky Y, Muthukumar S, Raunser S, Valkov E (2019). Reconstitution of recombinant human CCR4-NOT reveals molecular insights into regulated deadenylation. Nature Communications
doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-11094-z.

Gatsogiannis C, Merino F, Roderer D, Balchin D, Schubert E, Kuhlee A, Hayer-Hartl M, Raunser S. (2018). Tc toxin activation requires unfolding and refolding of a β-propeller. Nature
doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0556-6.

Vinayagam D, Mager T, Apelbaum A, Bothe A, Merino F, Hofnagel O, Gatsogiannis C, Raunser S (2018). Electron cryo-microscopy structure of the canonical TRPC4 ion channel. eLife
doi: 10.7554/eLife.36615.

Klink BU, Zent E, Juneja P, Kuhlee A, Raunser S, Wittinghofer A. (2017). A recombinant BBSome core complex and how it interacts with ciliary cargo. eLife
doi: 10.7554/eLife.27434.

Pospich S, Kumpula EP, von der Ecken J, Vahokoski J, Kursula I, Raunser S. (2017). Near-atomic structure of jasplakinolide-stabilized malaria parasite F-actin reveals the structural basis of filament instability. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
doi: 10.1073/pnas.1707506114

von der Ecken J, Heissler SM, Pathan-Chhatbar S, Manstein DJ & Raunser S (2016).Cryo-EM structure of a human cytoplasmic actomyosin complex at near-atomic resolution. Nature 534(7609):724-28.
doi: 10.1038/nature18295
freely available!

Gatsogiannis C, Merino F, Serdiuk T, Prumbaum D, Roderer D, Leidreiter F, Meusch D, Müller DJ, and Raunser S (2016). Membrane insertion of a Tc toxin in atomic detail. Nature Structural and Molecular Biology 23(10):884-890.
doi: 10.1038/nsmb.3281
freely available!

Gatsogiannis C, Hofnagel O, Markl J, Raunser S (2015). Structure of Mega-Hemocyanin reveals protein origami in snails. Structure 23(1):93-103.
doi: 10.1016/j.str.2014.10.013

Efremov R, Hofnagel O, Raunser S (2015). Architecture and Conformational Switch Mechanism of the Ryanodine Receptor. Nature 517(7532):39-43.
doi: 10.1038/nature13916
freely available!

Whitney JC, Quentin D, Sawai S, LeRoux M, Harding BN, Ledvina HE, Tran BQ, Robinson H, Goo YA, Goodlett DR, Raunser S, Mougous JD (2015). An Interbacterial NAD(P)(+) Glycohydrolase Toxin Requires Elongation Factor Tu for Delivery to Target Cells. Cell 163(3):607-19.
doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2015.09.027

von der Ecken J, Müller M, Lehman W, Manstein DJ, Penczek PA, Raunser S (2015). Structure of the F-actin-tropomyosin complex. Nature 519(7541):114-7.
doi: 10.1038/nature14033
freely available!

Meusch D, Gatsogiannis C, Efremov R, Lang A, Hofnagel O, Vetter I, Aktories K, Raunser S (2014). Mechanism of Tc toxin action revealed in molecular detail. Nature 508(7494):61-5.
doi: 10.1038/nature13015
freely available!

Gatsogiannis C, Lang A, Meusch D, Pfaumann V, Hofnagel O, Benz R, Aktories K, Raunser S (2013). A syringe-like injection mechanism in Photorhabdus luminescens toxins. Nature. 495(7442):520-23
doi: 10.1038/nature11987
freely available!

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