Dr. Christian Münch
Christian Münch studied Biochemistry at the University of Tübingen and the Max Planck Institutes in Martinsried and Tübingen. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge (UK) where he performed his thesis work in Anne Bertolotti’s laboratory at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology (Cambridge, UK). His graduate work focused on the folding and prion-like properties of mutant SOD1 in the context amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and earned him the prestigious British Neuroscience Association Postgraduate Award. After his graduation, Christian joined the laboratory of Wade Harper at the Harvard Medical School with an EMBO long-term fellowship to study protein quality control in mitochondria, particularly the mitochondrial unfolded protein response. Christian started as an independent group leader at the Institute of Biochemistry II in December 2016. His main research interests focus on mitochondrial quality control, in particular in determining the processes involved in the mitochondrial unfolded protein response and its role in human diseases.