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Robles, Maria

Prof. Maria Robles, PhD

Institute of Medical Psychology, LMU Munich


Project A32 - Protein and phosphorylation nuclear dynamics in time and space and its modulation by metabolism

Associated Member since 2019
Project leader since 2021


Systems Chronobiology
Institute of Medical Psychology
LMU Munich
Goethestrasse 31
80336 Munich

Website: Systems Chronobiology

Work group

Project A32

University degree

  • 1992 - 1997 Study of Biology (Diploma), University of Leon, Spain

Advanced Academic Qualifications

  • 2002 Doctorate University Autonoma of Madrid, Spain, Director: Prof. Dr. Carlos Martinez, Immunology and Oncology Department

Postgraduate Professional Career

  • since 2017 W2 Tenure Track Professor of Chronobiology, LMU, Institute for Medical Psychology, Munich
  • 2014 - 2017 Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry,Department of Proteomics and Signal Transduction, Munich
  • 2009 - 2014 Marie Curie Research Fellow, Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Department of Proteomics and Signal Transduction, Munich
  • 2008 - 2009 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Department of Proteomics and Signal Transduction, Munich
  • 2003 - 2007 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurobiology, Boston, MA, USA

Other Professional Activities

  • since 2020 Associated Editor Frontiers in Physiology/Chronobiology
  • 2018 - 2019 Member of the Research Focus group of The How and Why of Microbiomes, Center for Advance Studies, LMU
  • since 2017 Member of the International PhD program IMPRS for Molecular Life Sciences
  • since 2017 Ad-hoc reviewer for several journals such as Nature Structure and Molecular Biology, Cell Metabolism, Journal of  Molecular Biology, FEBS Letters, SLEEP

Honours and Awards

  • 2020 Elected EMBO Young Investigator (2021-2024)
  • 2020 First Prize HUPO Early Career Researcher (ECR) Manuscript Competition
  • 2020 Junior Faculty Research Award Society for Research on Biological Rhythms (SRBR)
  • 2009 Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (FP7-PEOPLE-IEF-2008)
  • 2004 Edward R. and Anne G. Lefler Center Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard Medical School, USA.
  • 1998 PhD fellowship, Madrid Regional Government and by Spanish National Research Council and Pharmacia & Upjohn, Spain
  • 1998 Extraordinary First-Degree Prize in Biology. University of Leon, Spain
  • 1998 Extraordinary Degree Prize in Biology. University of Leon, Spain

CRC project-related Publications

Brüning F, Noya SB, Bange T, Koutsouli S, Rudolph JD, Tyagarajan SK, Cox J, Mann M, Brown SA*, Robles MS*. (2019) Sleep-wake cycles drive daily dynamics of synaptic phosphorylation. Science. Oct 11;366(6462). doi: 10.1126/science.aav3617. *co-corresponding author

Noya SB, Colameo D, Brüning F, Spinnler A, Mircsof D, Opitz L, Mann M, Tyagarajan SK*, Robles MS*, Brown SA*. (2019) The forebrain synaptic transcriptome is organized by clocks but its proteome is driven by sleep. Science. Oct 11;366(6462). doi: 10.1126/science.aav2642 *co-corresponding author

Harpprecht L, Baldi S, Schauer T, Schmidt A, Bange T, Robles MS, Kremmer E, Imhof A, Becker PB (2019) A Drosophila cell-free system that senses DNA breaks and triggers phosphorylation signalling. Nucleic Acids Research 47: 7444–7459.

Robles MS, Humphrey SJ, Mann M (2017) Phosphorylation Is a Central Mechanism for Circadian Control of Metabolism and Physiology. Cell Metab 25: 118–127.