Visiting Scientist

After several postpone, we are very glad to finally welcome Rani Baes, PhD student in Prof. Dr. Eveline Peeters group (Free University of Brussels), for a short research stay.

Rani will explore the joy of non-canonical nucleotide and amino-acid pulse labelling in S. acidocaldarius. We are super excited to push the limit of some of our protocols and thrilled to see what we will learn.

But for now, we were starting with some delicious Belgium treats, thank you Rani and good luck!

New publication: Making Ribosomes in Archaea!

Very much delighted and honoured to have contributed to this review on Ribosome Biogenesis in Archaea with Paola Londei, who has pioneered ribosome biogenesis research in archaea.

If you are interested to obtain an overview on the molecular foundations of archaeal ribosome biogenesis and how it compares to what we know about this essential molecular pathway in the other domains of life, you might enjoy this read too.

Full text is available here!


Robert the very first PhD student of the lab has successfully defended his PhD thesis today (12th of March 2021)!

Congratulations Dr. Knüppel for your very successful thesis and the gigantic work you have achieved over the last years!!! We are all very proud of you!!!

New lab publication!  

Insights into synthesis and function of KsgA/Dim1-dependent rRNA modifications in archaea

What a great way to finish/start a new year!

The last chapter of Robert´s PhD thesis (publication number #6!!!) is now online @Nucleic Acids Research.

In this work we have investigated KsgA/Dim1-dependent ribosomal RNA modifications signature and have stumble across a few surprises. In case you did not yet realize, archaea are just amazing and always ready to surprise us …

Welcome to our two new Master Students Max and Tom!

We are really pleased to have you on board for some new exciting scientific and human adventures. Welcome and good luck!

Website is now Alive

This is something we were cooking for a while in our heads…Here it is in front of your eyes!!!


Habilitation prize 2020

I am very honored to have been awarded the Habilitation prize 2020 from the University of Regensburg for my Habilitation work entitled: “From Archaea to Eukarya: an evolutionary perspective on the ribosome biogenesis pathway“.

Thank you very much to all my students, co-workers, mentors, colleagues and family without whom I could not have made it thus far!

For additional information you can check here or here.

We are members of the Regensburg Center for Biochemistry.

We are now officialy members of the newly funded Regenburg Center for Biochemistry (RCB).

First PhD thesis of the lab submitted!

After a very successfull time in our group, Robert has submitted his outstanding PhD thesis entitled: “Small changes, unexpected consequences: Molecular insights into substrate-dependent adaptation of KsgA/Dim1-dependent ribosomal RNA modifications in archaea“. Congratulations!!! We are so proud of your achievements!!!

New PhD student : bienvenue Nicolas!

WARNING! The French population of our lab has suddenly doubled with the arrival of Nicolas at the begining of 2020. Nicolas has been infected very early in his scientific carreer by Archaea and was eager to continue his journey through the archaeal world with us. Welcome Nicolas ! We are all looking forward to your exciting discoveries!


GBM Master thesis prize to Michael Jüttner!

We are really proud and honored that Michael (now PhD student) has been selected as a laureate for the Master prize 2019 awarded by the German Biochemistry and Molecular biology society (Gesellschaft für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie e. V.) for his studies on cis-acting elements required for circular-pre-rRNA formation in the model archaeon H. volcanii.

Congratulations Michael for this well deserved recognition!

For more insights into Michael´s work check the related publication at Nucleic Acids Research.