Get to know the AMPro Scientists!

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Natalie Krahmer

Natalie's scientific work in one sentence

We are applying state-of the art proteomics to investigate cellular processes and signaling pathways underlying the development of metabolic diseases

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Short CV

University Studies: Diploma in Biology 2008
PhD: 2011 Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry, LMU Munich
Current Position: Emmy Noether group leader

What are - in your opinion - your best publications?

N. Krahmer et al., Phosphatidylcholine synthesis for lipid droplet expansion is mediated by localized activation of CTP:phosphocholine cytidylyltransferase. Cell Metab 14, 504-515 (2011).

N. Krahmer et al., Organellar Proteomics and Phospho-Proteomics Reveal Subcellular Reorganization in Diet-Induced Hepatic Steatosis. Dev Cell 47, 205-221 e207 (2018).

What are your most important prizes and memeberships?

Prizes: 2020 Novo Nordisk Future Leader Award, 2019 Emmy Noether Fellowship

Memberships: American Society of Cell Biology ASCB, The European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD)

5 questions about research - past, present, future

1. What are your primary tasks and responsibilities in your actual position?
Conceive the projects for my students and discuss with them results and progress and of course trouble-shooting (listen to work related and unrelated problemsJ)
Train the students in performing experiments and data analysis
Write publications and grants, present the work at conferences
Organizing the lab, keep the mass spectrometer running

2. What is it that gives you pleasure and/or satisfaction the most?
The most fun thing is to analyze new proteomic data and discover unexpected things, connect findings and built hypothesis based on the data. The joy of sharing nice data with the students, to celebrate progress in the projects.

3. Which research question(s) affects you at the moment? What is its social significance?
How do cells in different tissues cope with metabolic fluctuations or nutrient excess and how do signaling pathways affect the subcellular organization? What goes wrong in metabolic diseases?

4. Which publication influenced you the most?
I love the publications of scientists who always take unexpected creative steps to solve problems, one example would be Peter Walter.

5. What do you like most about AMPro? What are your particular plans within the collaboration?
I enjoy the meetings and the exchange with all the scientists.

5 questions beyond research

1. What are your experiences with reconciliation of family or private and working life?
It is always stressful to get everything done in 24hrs, but it is also a lot of fun. Kids put you down on earth. At some point you just have to accept that you cannot do everything perfect and that a certain level of chaos in normal.

2. What are your hobbies?
Running (half marathon), mountain biking, soccer, tennis, windsurfing (If there is time left…), skiing, cross-country skiing

3. What is your favorite color, season and/or football (or other sports) club?
I am a fan of Bayern München, when I was a kid I always went to watch the matches