Prof. Dr. Ricarda Richter-Dennerlein (Photo: SPförtner/MBExC)

Ricarda Richter-Dennerlein receives first “Niedersachsen-Impuls-Professur”

Ricarda Richter-Dennerlein, head of the “Biochemistry of Macromolecular Complexes” research group at the Institute of Molecular Biology at the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) and member of the MBExC Cluster of Excellence, has been awarded the first “Niedersachsen-Impuls-Professur” funded by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture and the Volkswagen Foundation.

The new funding line supports universities in appointment and retention negotiations with excellent academics in early career phases. The funding totaling 1.4 million euros will run for five years.

Prof. Richter-Dennerlein is researching the molecular mechanisms of the formation and maturation of mitochondrial, protein-forming ribosomes. An accumulation of defective mitochondrial ribosomes can lead to neurodegenerative diseases, developmental disorders and blindness. Understanding the quality control and degradation of defective mitochondrial ribosomes could lead to new therapeutic approaches for diseases affecting the heart and brain.

Link to the UMG Press release

On the “Niedersachsen-Impuls-Professur“:

Webpage of the MWK

Webpage of the Volkswagen Foundation