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Mokranjac Lab - Biogenesis of Mitochondria

Physiological Chemistry

mokranjacResearch Topics

  • Biogenesis of mitochondria
  • Protein translocation
  • Presequence pathway
  • Hsp70 chaperones



PD Dr. Dejana Mokranjac

phone: +49 (0)89 - 2180 77086

Photo: Jan Greune

Biogenesis of mitochondria relies on import of over 1000 different proteins from the cytosol. The majority of them are synthesized with N-terminal presequences and use the TOM and TIM23 complexes in the outer and inner mitochondrial membranes, respectively, to reach the final place of their function within the organelle. We use budding yeast as a model system and combine biochemistry, cell biology and genetics with biophysics and structural biology to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of protein translocation along the presequence pathway. Read more...


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Scientific vita

since 2006 Group leader Dept. Physiol. Chemistry, Biomedical Center, LMU Munich
2004-2006 Postdoctoral researcher Walter Neupert Lab, LMU Munich
2004 PhD in Cell Biology LMU Munich, Advisor: Walter Neupert