Dr. Kerstin Koch
Kerstin studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Hamburg, followed by a diploma degree in Journalism from the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. Before returning to the lab bench, she worked as PR consultant and press officer for ethical drugs at Strathmann AG. She obtained her PhD in the field of DNA repair mechanisms in Hamburg in 2004. Between 2004 and 2008, she coordinated, initiated and contributed to several large-scale collaborative projects at the Department of Hematology, University of Cambridge, UK (e.g. FP6 IP Bloodomics, FP7 Marie Curie ITN NETSIM, WTCCC-UKBS Collection, NHSBT BioResource). Upon her return to Germany, she took a family break of two years. In 2010, she joined Ivan Dikic’s team at Goethe University, first coordinating the Buchmann Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (www.bmls.de), an interdisciplinary institute founded as part of the Cluster of Excellence Macromolecular Complexes (www.cef-mc.de). Since 2013, she is responsible for the scientific management of the Institute of Biochemistry II and has been significantly involved in obtaining both the LOEWE Ub-Net program grant (2014-16, funding volume 4.3 Mio €) and the Collaborative Research Centre grant 1177 on autophagy (2016-19, funding volume 11 Mio €).