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Prof. Dr. Markus Ralser - Foto: W. Peitz Charité

Prof. Dr. Markus Ralser

Director of the Institute, Group Leader Biochemistry and Systembiology of Metabolism

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Charitéplatz 1
10117 Berlin

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Virchowweg 6

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Markus is known for his discoveries regarding the coordination of dynamics within the cellular metabolic network and the development of analytical methods to tackle complex biological questions. In particular, results obtained by Markus' research group have provided fundamental insights into central carbon and amino acid metabolism, e.g. the evolutionary origion of carbohydrate metabolism, the metabolic oxidative stress response or the application of self-establishing yeast communities to study nutrient sharing. 


Additional information


  • 2018 Einstein Professor of Biochemistry, Head of Department, Charitė University Medicine, Berlin, Germany
  • 2015 Group leader, Francis Crick Institute, London, UK
  • 2013 Group leader, Medical Research Council National Institute for Medical Research, London, UK
  • 2011 Group leader, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2007 Junior group leader, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Germany
  • 2006 PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology, University of Salzburg Austria, and Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Germany

Markus was born in South Tyrol (Italy), he studied Genetics and Molecular Biology in Salzburg (Austria), and completed a PhD in neurodegenerative disorders at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin (Germany). After being trained in mass spectrometry at VU Amsterdam (Netherlands), he started a Junior group at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, which he eventually moved to the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2011. Markus then has been a group leader at the Francis Crick Institute, London since 2013. In 2018, he became Einstein Professor of Biochemistry, and is a Head of Biochemistry here at the Charitè University Medicine (the joint medical faculty of Humboldt and Free state Universities in Berlin, Germany). 


Funding of the Ralser lab

  • ERC: "Metabolic regulators" and SyG "Fungal Tolerance" with J. Berman, Tel Aviv University
  • Wellcome Trust
  • Francis Crick Institute
  • EMBO
  • BMBF (Germany)
  • Max Planck Society


Current funding (selection):

ERC Synergy Grant: Fungal Tolerance (03/2021-02/2027)

DFG, TRR 186: Metabolic Switches (07/2020-06/2024)

BMBF: MSTARS, Multimodal clinical mass spectrometry (03/2020-02/2023)



Markus was selected into the EMBO Young Investigator programme

He is a Wellcome Trust Beit fellow, and he is recipient of the 2008 BioMed Central Research Award, the 2017 Colworth Medal and the 2020 EMBO Gold Medal.


Ralser Lab

Ralser Lab: Twitter

Molecular Biology of Metabolism Group - The Francis Crick Institute

Video featuring Markus Ralser as Einstein Professor

EMBO e talk (online lecture)

Research profile