Albrecht Messerschmidt was a Research Group Leader at the Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany, and an extraordinary Professor at the Biological Faculty of the University of Constance, Germany, until February 2010. He obtained his Diploma in crystallography and his Ph.D. degree both at the Humboldt-University Berlin. After doing X-ray crystallography on biologically important steroid molecules at the Central Institute for Molecular Biology at the Academy of Sciences of the GDR in Berlin-Buch, he moved in 1983 to the Department of Structural Research at the Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried headed by nobel laureate Robert Huber. His main research interest is the determination of X-ray structures of metalloproteins and –enzymes, PLP-dependent enzymes, and recently structural proteomics of protein kinases and adapter proteins involved in signal transduction. His group was initially in the Department of Robert Huber, and since 2005, it has moved to the Department of Proteomics and Signal Transduction headed by Matthias Mann. He is now working as a guest scientist at the same department. Messerschmidt is the Editor of the three volumes and online edition of the Handbook of Metalloproteins published by Wiley, Chichester, and the book Multicopper Oxidases from World Scientific Publishing, Singapore, and he is the author of the textbook X-ray Crystallography of Biomacromolecules published by Wiley-VCH, Weinheim.
Biography Updated on 15 April 2010