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Dr. Tessa Quax


Tessa Quax

Institute of Biology II

Group: Archaeal virus-host interactions

Phone: +49 (0)761 203-2631



Focus of research

  • Archaeal Viruses
  • Viral Entry and Egress
  • Cell Biology of Archaea


  • Since 2019 Emmy Noether Research Group leader, Faculty of Biology, Freiburg
  • 2018-2019 Group leader at the Faculty of Biology, Freiburg. Margarete von Wrangell Fellowship
  • 2014-2018 Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Biology, Freiburg. EMBO, Zeiss and Marie-Curie Fellowships
  • 2013-2014 Post-Doctoral Fellow at Leuven University (BEL), Pegasus-Marie-Curie Fellowship
  • 2009-2013 PhD in Microbiology at the Insitut Pasteur, Paris (FR) and Wageningen University (NL)
  • 2004-2009 Bachelors and Master study in biology at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands

Selected publications

  • Li Z, Kinosita Y, Rodriguez-Franco M, Nußbaum P, Braun F, Delpech F, Quax T.E.F.*, Albers SV*. (2019) Positioning of the Motility Machinery in Halophilic Archaea. Mbio 10(3). pii: e00377-19. * corresponding author
  • Quax T.E.F., Altegoer F., Rossi F., Li Z., Rodriguez-Franco M., Kraus F., Bange G., Albers S.-V. (2018). Structure and function of the archaeal response regulator CheY. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 115(6):E1259-E1268
  • Quax T.E.F., Claassens N.J., Söll, van der Oost J. (2015). Codon bias as a means to fine-tune protein expression. Molecular Cell. 2015 Jul 16;59(2):149-61
  • Daum B.*, Quax T.E.F.*, Sachse M., Mills D., Reimann J., Yildiz Ö., Häder S., Saveanu C., Forterre P., Albers S.-V., Kühlbrandt W. and Prangishvili D (2014). Supramolecular organisation and self-assembly of a universal pyramidal membrane remodelling system.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 111(10):3829-34 *Equal contribution.
  • Quax T.E.F., Lucas S., Reimann J., Pehau-Arnaudet G., Prevost M.-C., Forterre P., Albers S.-V. and Prangishvili, D (2011). Simple and elegant design of a virion egress structure in Archaea.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 108(8): 3354-3359 


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