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Department of Molecular Life Sciences Pelkmans group

Prof. Dr. Lucas Pelkmans

Department of Molecular Life Sciences
University of Zurich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
CH-8057 Zurich

Building / Room: Y55-K-04
Phone: +41 44 635 31 23



Curriculum Vitae



 First Name



 Full Professor, Ph.D.


 1999 - 2002

Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Institute of Biochemistry, Department of Biology, ETH Zurich.

 1993 - 1999

M.Sc. in Medical Biology, Department of Cell Biology, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

 Research experience and positions held

 2010 - present

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

 2005 - 2010

Assistant Professor, Institute of Molecular Systems Biology, Department of Biology, ETH Zurich.

 2003 - 2005

Postdoctoral fellow, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany


2020 ERC Advanced Grant


EMBO member


ERC Consolidator


Ernst Hadorn Foundation-endowed Chair


European Young Investigator Award


ETH Medal

Selected publications


Gut G, Herrmann MH, Pelkmans L. Multiplexed protein maps link subcellular organization to cellular states. Science 361, eaar7042 (2018)


Rai AK, Chen J-X, Selbach M, Pelkmans L. Kinase-controlled phase transition of membraneless organelles in mitosis. Nature 559(7713):211-216 (2018)


Battich N, Stoeger T, Pelkmans L. Control of Transcript Variability in Single Mammalian Cells. Cell 163(7):1596-610 (2015)


Fréchin M, Stoeger T, Daetwyler S, Gehin C, Battich N, Damm E-M, Stergiou L, Riezman H, Pelkmans L. Cell-intrinsic adaptation of lipid composition to local crowding drives social behaviour. Nature 523 88-91 (2015)


Liberali P, Snijder B, Pelkmans L. A hierarchical map of regulatory genetic interactions in membrane trafficking. Cell 157 1473-87 (2014)


Wippich F, Bodenmiller B, Gustafsson Trajkovska M, Wanka S, Aebersold R, Pelkmans L. The dual specificity kinase DYRK3 couples stress granule condensation/dissolution to mTORC1 signaling. Cell 152 791-805 (2013)


Pelkmans L. Using cell-to-cell variability – A new era in molecular biology. Science 336 425-6 (2012)


Snijder, B., Sacher, R., Rämö, P., Damm, E-M., Liberali, P., Pelkmans, L. Population context determines cell-to-cell variability in endocytosis and virus infection. Nature 461 520-3 (2009)