Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ludwig Eichinger - Curriculum Vitae

Education and professional career

since 2009: Professor for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
2008: Venia legendi in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medical Faculty, University of Cologne
2001: Venia legendi in Cell Biology, Medical Faculty, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
1998 - present: Group leader and principal investigator, Centre for Biochemistry, Medical Faculty, University of Cologne, Germany
1994: Visiting scientist, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Womens Hospital, Boston, USA
1994 - 1998: Postdoctoral fellow, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Medical Faculty, Adolf-Butenandt-Institute/Cell Biology, Munich, Germany
1992 -1993: Scientific Staff Member, Phywe Systeme GmbH, Göttingen, Germany
1992: PhD in Cell Biology, Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany
1989: Diploma in Biology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany

Awards, distinctions and professional activities

2015 - present: Elected member of the medical faculty board (“Engere Fakultät”)
2011 - 2017: Editorial board member “The Scientific World Journal – Genetics”
2010 - present: Editorial board member “Cell News” (DGZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zellbiologie)
2010 - present: Member of the DHV (German University Association)
2006: Hochhaus Price for Science
2005 - 2006: Member of the executive committee of the DGZ
2001 – present: Member of the dictyBase advisory board (
1998 - 2005: Coordinator of the Dictyostelium genome project
1995 – present: Member Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zellbiologie (DGZ)
1994 – present: Member Gesellschaft für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie (GBM)
1994: NATO Travelling Fellowship
1992: Postdoctoral fellowship, Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry
1970 - 1978: Free State of Bavaria: Scholarship for highly talented individuals

Selected publications

Meßling, S., J. Matthias, Q. Xiong, and L. Eichinger. 2017. The two Dictyostelium discoideum autophagy 8 proteins have distinct autophagic functions. Eur J Cell Biol. 96, 312-324.

Rijal, R., K. Arhzaouy, K-H. Strucksberg, M. Cross, A. Hofmann, R. Schröder, C.S. Clemen*, and L. Eichinger*. 2016. Mutant p97 exhibits species-specific changes of its ATPase activity and compromises the UBXD9-mediated monomerisation of p97 hexamers. Eur. J. Cell Biol., 95, 195-207. *Co-senior authors.

Matthias, J., S. Meßling and L. Eichinger. 2016. The two Dictyostelium autophagy eight proteins, ATG8a and ATG8b, associate with the autophagosome in succession. Eur. J. Cell Biol. 95, 15-25.

Simon, S., U. Schell, N. Heuer, D. Hager, M.F. Albers, J. Matthias, F. Fahrnbauer, D. Trauner, L. Eichinger, C. Hedberg, and H. Hilbi. 2015. Inter-kingdom Signaling by the Legionella Quorum Sensing Molecule LAI-1 Modulates Cell Migration through an IQGAP1-Cdc42-ARHGEF9-Dependent Pathway. PloS Pathog. 11(12), e1005307.

Rastetter, R.H., M. Blömacher, U. Drebber, M. Marko, J. Behrens, R. Solga, S. Hojeili, K. Bhattacharya, C.M. Wunderlich, F.T. Wunderlich, M. Odenthal, A. Ziemann, L. Eichinger, and C.S. Clemen. 2015. Coronin 2A (CRN5) expression is associated with colorectal adenoma-adenocarcinoma sequence and oncogenic signalling. BMC Cancer, 15, 638.

Clemen, C.S., M. Marko, K-H. Strucksberg, J. Behrens, L. Gärtner, L. Winter, F. Chevessier, M. Türk, K. Tangavelou, J. Schütz, K. Arhzaouy, J. Matthias, K. Klopffleisch, F-G. Hanisch, W. Rottbauer, I. Blümcke, S. Just, L. Eichinger, A. Hofmann, and R. Schröder. 2015. VCP and PSMF1: antagonistic regulators of proteasome activity. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 463, 1210 – 1217.

Xiong, Q., C. Ünal, J. Matthias, M. Steinert, and L. Eichinger. 2015. The phenotypes of ATG9, ATG16 and ATG9/16 knock-out mutants imply autophagy-dependent and -independent functions. Open Biol. 5(4), 150008.

Bührdel, J.B., S. Hirth, M. Keßler, S. Westphal, M. Forster, L. Manta, G. Wiche, B. Schoser, J. Schessl, R. Schröder, C.S. Clemen, L. Eichinger, D.O. Fürst, P.F.M. van der Ven, W. Rottbauer, and S. Just. 2015. In vivo characterization of human myofibrillar myopathy genes in zebrafish. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 461, 217-223.

Araki, T., L.H. Vu, N. Sasaki, T. Kawata, L. Eichinger, and J.G. Williams. 2014. Two Dictyostelium Tyrosine Kinase-Like kinases function in parallel, stress-induced STAT activation pathways. Mol. Biol. Cell, 25(20), 3222-3233.

Vu, L.H., T. Araki, J. Na, C.S. Clemen, J.G. Williams, and L. Eichinger. 2014. Identification of the protein kinases Pyk3 and Phg2 as regulators of the STATc mediated response to hyperosmolarity. PLoS ONE 9(2), e90025.

Glöckner, G., N. Hülsmann, M. Schleicher, A.A. Noegel, L. Eichinger, C. Gallinger, J. Pawlowski, R. Sierra, U. Euteneuer, L. Pillet, A. Moustafa, M. Platzer, M. Groth, K. Szafranski, and M. Schliwa. 2014. The Genome of the Foraminiferan Reticulomyxa filosa. Curr. Biol., 24:11–18.

Arhzaouy, K., K.-H. Strucksberg, S.M. Tung, K. Tangavelou, M. Stumpf, J. Faix, S. Schröder, C.S. Clemen, and L. Eichinger. 2012. Heteromeric p97/p97R155C complexes induce dominant negative changes in wild-type and autophagy 9-deficient Dictyostelium strains. PLoS ONE, 10, e46879.

Chang, G.S., A.A. Noegel, T.N. Mavrich, R. Müller, L. Tomsho, E. Ward, M. Felder, C. Jiang, L. Eichinger, G. Glöckner, S.C. Schuster, and B.F. Pugh. 2012. Unusual combinatorial involvement of poly-A/T tracts in organizing genes and chromatin in Dictyostelium. Genome Res., 22, 1098-1106.