About our Editors

Karlheinz Friedrich, Associate Editor
University of Jena, Germany
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Scientific Career:
1979 - 1985
Studies in Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry
University of Bonn; University of Cologne
1984 - 1985
Diploma Thesis at the Institute of Medical Microbiology, University of Cologne
Field of Research: Transfer of Genetic Information by Conjugation in grampositive Bacteria
1985 - 1990
Doctoral Thesis at the Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Departments of Cell Biology and Membrane Biochemistry
Field of Research: Membrane Proteins and Protein Engineering
1990 - 1992
Postdoctaral Fellow at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg
Field of Research: Protein-RNA-Interactions
1992 - 1999
Research Assistant and Group Leader at the Biocenter of the University of Würzburg, Department of Physiological Chemistry
Field of Research: Signal Transduction and Structure-Function-Relationships of Cytokine Receptors
1999 - 2000
Research Laboratory Head at the Department of Surgery, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
since 2000
Laboratory Head at the Institute of Biochemistry, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
Fields of Research: Signal Transduction of Cytokine and Tyrosine Kinase Receptors, Signaling Processes involved in Allergy, Malignant Cell Transformation and Tumor Metastasis

Research Interests:
Signal transduction is a central aspect of life. Well organized distribution of information throughout the human organism is crucial for its integrity and homeostasis. The body constitutes an extremely complex network of cells which release, perceive and process chemical as well as electrical signals. The work of our research group is concerned with molecular mechanisms of cellular signal transduction and with dysfunction of these processes in the course of disease. We strive for a better understanding of how cells and molecules "talk to each other" and try, by doing so, to contribute to novel developments in molecular medicine.