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Becker, Peter

Prof. Dr. Peter Becker, ML

Biomedical Center - Molecular Biology, LMU Munich


Chair of the CRC 1064
Project A01: Domino nucleosome remodeling complexes and histone H2A.V dynamics in transcription and DNA repair


Biomedical Center Munich
Molecular Biology
Großhaderner Str. 9
82152 Planegg-Martinsried

Phone: +49 (0)89 2180 - 75427
Fax: +49 (0)89 2180 - 75425

Website: Chromatin Dynamics and Nuclear Function

Work group

Project A01

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Education

  • 1984 Diploma in Biology; Advisor: Prof. G. Schütz, University of Heidelberg 

  • 1978-1983 Study of Biology, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg

Advanced Professional Degrees

  • 1996 Habilitation, Ruprecht-Karls Universität, Heidelberg "Venia legendi" (teaching certificate) in Molecular Biology 
  • 1987 Promotion ‚summa cum laude’, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg Advisor: Prof. G. Schütz, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg

Positions held since

  • since 2015 Acting Chair of the Biomedical Center Munich
  • since 1999 Full Professor and Head of Molecular Biology Section, Adolf-Butenandt- Institute, Faculty of Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München
  • 1991-1999 Group leader, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg
  • 1988-1991 Postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Carl Wu, Laboratory of Biochemistry, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, USA
  • 1987-1988 Postdoctoral fellow with Prof. G. Schütz, DKFZ, Heidelberg

Honours and Awards

  • 1987 Young Investigators Award, "Society for Molecular Biology", Heidelberg
  • 1988 Richtzenhain-Prize for Cancer Research, DKFZ, Heidelberg 2000 Elected Member of EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organisation)
  • 2005 Gottfried-Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
  • 2007 Elected Member of Academia Europaea
  • 2007 Elected Member of the German Academy of Science ‘Leopoldina’
  • 2008, 2011 Elected Member of the Study section ‘Cell Biology of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG Fachgutachter Zellbiologie)
  • 2011 ERC Advanced Grant
  • 2016 DFG Reinhardt-Koselleck Grant awarded
  • 2016 Elected Member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences

Other professional activities

  • since 2002 Spokesperson and Organiser of the Transregio 5 DFG Research Network
  • since 2002 Elected member of the Faculty Council of the Medical Faculty
  • 2004 – 2005 EMBO Long Term Fellowship Committee
  • 2005 –2007 Selection Committee for the Award of the Heinz-Maier Leibnitz-Prize of the German Research Council (DFG)
  • 2005 –2009 Scientific Advisory Board, Fritz Lippmann Institute for Aging Research, Jena
  • since 2003 Faculty Representative responsible for the development of a BioMedical Center
  • 2005 Founding Member and Member of the Steering Committee of the International Max Planck Research School (IMPTRS) ‘From Biology to Medicine’
  • 2007 Founding Member and Member of the Coordination Panel of the Excellence Cluster ‘Munich Center for Integrated Protein Science Munich (CiPSM)
  • since 2008 Acting Director of the Adolf-Butenandt-Institute
  • since 2008 Member of the ‘Center for Advanced Studies’ of the University of Munich
  • 2011 Member of the Excellence Cluster CiPSM II
  • 2011 Member of the Graduate School ‘Quantitative Biosciences, Munich’
  • 2015 Board of Trustees, Max-Planck-Institutes for Biochemistry and Neurobiology, Martinsried
  • 2015 Scientific Advisory Board, MPI for Molecular Biomedicine, Münster
  • 2016 Scientific Advisory Board, Institute for Molecular Biology (IMB), Mainz
  • 2016 Scientific Advisory Board, Biochemistry Center Heidelberg (BZH)
  • 2016 EMBL Council, German Delegate

5 Publications related to project:

Villa, R., Schauer, T., Smialowski, P., Straub, T., and Becker, P.B. (2016). PionX sites mark the X chromosome for dosage compensation. Nature. Aug 31. doi: 10.1038/nature19338.

Feller, C., Forné, I., Imhof, A., and Becker, P.B. (2015). Global and specific responses of the histone acetylome to systematic perturbation. Molecular Cell 57, 559–571.

Maenner, S., Müller, M., Fröhlich, J., Langer, D., and Becker, P.B. (2013). ATP-dependent roX RNA remodeling by the helicase maleless enables specific association of MSL proteins. Molecular Cell 51, 174–184.

Straub, T., Zabel, A., Gilfillan, G.D., Feller, C., and Becker, P.B. (2013). Different chromatin interfaces of the Drosophila dosage compensation complex revealed by high-shear ChIP-seq. Genome Research 23, 473–485.

Prestel, M., Feller, C., Straub, T., Mitlöhner, H., and Becker, P.B. (2010). The activation potential of MOF is constrained for dosage compensation. Molecular Cell 38, 815–826.