Transcription of the genome: from yeast to human
Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry,
Patrick Cramer was born on February 3, 1969 in Stuttgart, Germany. After finishing his studies of chemistry at the Universities of Stuttgart, Heidelberg, Bristol and Cambridge in 1995, Patrick Cramer started his doctoral studies at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Grenoble, France. In 1998 he received his doctorate from the University of Heidelberg.
From 1999-2001 Patrick Cramer worked as postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University in the laboratory of Roger D. Kornberg who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2006.
In 2001 Patrick Cramer became Professor of biochemistry at the Gene Center of the University of Munich (LMU) for which he served as director from 2004-2014. In 2014 he was appointed director at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany.
The laboratory of Patrick Cramer studies the molecular mechanisms of eukaryotic gene transcription by integrated structural biology and the systemic principles of genome regulation with the use of functional genomics and computational biology. In the past, the laboratory of Patrick Cramer has analyzed the structure and function of RNA polymerases, the key cellular enzymes transcribing genes. The long-term aim of Patrick Cramer is to bring together molecular biology and systems biology and to understand the expression and regulation of the genome.
For his research work Patrick Cramer has been awarded several prizes, such as the Feldberg Foundation Prize (2011), the Ernst-Jung Award for Medicine (2009) and he Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz Award (2006) by the German Research Foundation (DFG). In 2012 he received the Federal Cross of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany. Patrick Cramer is an elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and he German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina).
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