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Prof. Dr.

Elena Conti

Year of election: 2009
Section: Biochemistry and Biophysics
City: Martinsried
Country: Germany
Member in Focus, 23 January 2014 (German)
CV Elena Conti - PDF (Deutsch)


Elena Conti’s research interests lay in the molecular mechanisms that govern the transport of RNAs from their site of synthesis to their site of function, and its connection to RNA surveillance and degradation. Conti’s group studies the molecular mechanisms of these basic cellular processes at the atomic level using X-ray crystallography in combination with biochemical/biophysical methods. Her group has determined the atomic structures of key macromolecular complexes including the RNA export factor complexes, the exon junction complex and the exosome complex, which she continues to study.

Photo: © Axel Griesch


  • since 2007 Honorary professor, Chemistry and Pharmacology, LMU München
  • since 2006 Director and Scientific Member, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Department Structural Cell Biology, Martinsried
  • 1999-2007 Group leader, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, Structural and Computational Biology Unit
  • 1999-2005 Collective appointment with Gene Expression Unit, EMBL
  • 1997-1999 Postdoc with Prof. Dr. John Kuriyan, The Rockefeller University, New York, USA
  • 1996 PhD, Prof. Dr. Peter Brick, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, UK, „Crystal structure of firefly luciferase”
  • 1992-1996 Doctoral Studies in Biophysics, Imperial College, London/UK
  • 1986-1991 Studies in Chemistry, University of Pavia, Italy


  • Co-chair of The EMBO Meeting 2012
  • Member of the RNA Society
  • Member, Editorial Board RNA Journal
  • Elena Conti's department at the MPI is member if the RNPnet initiative


  • since 2012 SFB 1035, „Kontrolle von Proteinfunktion durch konformationelles Schalten“
  • 2012-2017 EU-Project ERC Advanced Grant: "DEAD2THEEND"
  • 2010-2012 CIPSM DFG, Cluster of excellence: „Center for protein science“
  • since 2005 SFB 646 „ Regulatorische Netzwerke in Expression und Erhalt des Genoms ”Member of the Exzellenzcluster „Center for Integrated Protein Science (CIPSM)“
  • QBM Quantitative Biosciences Munich
  • DFG Graduiertenkolleg 1721 “Integrated Analysis of Macromolecular Complexes and Hybrid Methods in Genome Biology”

Honours and Memberships

  • 2014 Louis Jeantet Prize for Medicine
  • 2008 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, together with Elisa Izaurralde




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