Prof. Dr. Damian Brunner

Academic Career

1984 - 1986

Chemistry studies, University of Zurich

1986 - 1991

Biology studies, University of Zurich

1991 - 1995

Ph.D. supervised by Prof. Dr. Ernst Hafen "Genetic and Molecular Characterization of two Components of the Sevenless Signaling Cascade"

1995 - 1996

Postdoctoral Associate with Prof. Dr. Ernst Hafen Institute of Zoology, University of Zurich

1996 - 2000

Postdoctoral Associate with Prof. Dr. Sir Paul Nurse FRS, Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London, UK (now The Francis Crick Institute)

2000 - 2010

Group leader, Cell Biology and Biophysics Unit, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg Joint appointment with the “Developmental Biology” Unit

2010 -

Full Professor, University of Zurich, Department of Molecular Life Sciences

 

 

University Degrees

16.05.1991

Diploma (Masters)

23.02.1995

Ph.D.

 

 

Scholarships / Awards

1996 - 1998

2-year Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers, European Molecular Biology Organisation

1996 - 1998

2-year Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers, Human Frontiers Science Program (Declined in favour of the EMBO fellowship)

1998 - 1999

2-year Fellowship for advanced postdoctoral researchers, Swiss National Science Foundation

1999 - 2000

Research Grant from the Novartis Stiftung

2017

Elected EMBO Member

 

 

Funding

2003 - 2008

DFG - Schwerpunkt Program Zellpolarität

2005 - 2008

HFSP Program Grant, “A combined in vivo/in vitro approach to study cell-cortex-regulated microtubule organization”

2010 - 2013

HFSP Programme Grant, “Analysis of ‘cytoplasmic freezing’ - Preserving cellular architecture” (Coordinator)

2012 - 2015

SNF Research Grant, “Dissecting the role of specialized membrane domains in de novo cell polarization”

2014 - 2018

SystemsX Grant, MorphogenetiX - "Modelling the 3-dimensional shaping of tissue systems” (Coordinator)

2015 - 2019

SNF Research Grant, “Dissecting the role of specialized membrane domains in de novo cell polarization”

2019 - 2023

SNF Sinergia Grant, "Real time Exploration of GTPase-
Cytoskeletal feedback underlying Contractile Actomyosin Systems"

2019 - 2022

SNF Research Grant, "Exploring the generation and functioning of specialised plasma membrane domains in polarising and differentiating cells"

 

 

Organizing functions

2005

Main organizer EMBO/EMBL course “Methods in Cell Biology: From Single Molecule to Complex Systems Analysis”

2009

Main organizer and initiator of EMBO/EMBL meeting series “Dynamics and Morphogenesis of multi-cellular systems”

2019 -

Supporting organiser of the Round Table Biology for large infrastructures (main organiser SCNAT).