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Prof. Dr. Sonja-Verena Albers


Prof. Dr.
Sonja-Verena Albers

Institute of Biology II

Group: Molecular Biology of Archaea

Phone: +49 (0)761 203-2630



Focus of research

  • Elucidating the assembly mechanism and function of the archaellum
  • Mechanisms of cell division in Archaea
  • Role of cyclic nucleotides in Archaea


  • Since 2014 W3 professor for microbiology, Faculty of Biology
  • 2008-2014 Max Planck Research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg
  • 2006-2008 VIDI grant holder (NWO), Group leader at the University of Groningen, NL
  • 2003-2006 VENI grant holder (NWO), PostDoc at the University of Groningen, NL
  • 1997-2001 PhD studies in Molecular Microbiology at the University of Groningen, NL

Selected publications

  • Quax, T.E.F., Altegoer, F., Rossi,F., Li, Z., Rodrigues-Franco, M., Kraus, F., Bange, G., Albers, S.V. (2018) Structure and function of the archaeal response regulator CheY. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 115, E1259-E1268.
  • van Wolferen, M., Wagner, A., van der Does, C., and Albers, S.V. (2016). The archaeal Ced system imports DNA. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 113, 2496-2501.
  • Banerjee, A., Tsai, C.L., Chaudhury, P., Tripp, P., Arvai, A.S., Ishida, J.P., Tainer, J.A., and Albers, S.V. (2015). FlaF is a β-sandwich protein that anchors the archaellum in the archaeal cell envelope by binding the S-layer protein. Structure 23, 863-872.
  • Reindl, S., Ghosh, A., Williams, G.J., Lassak, K., Neiner, T., Henche, A.L., Albers, S.V.*, and Tainer, J.A.*(2013). Insights on FlaI Functions in archaeal motor assembly and motility from structures, conformations and genetics. Mol. Cell 49, 1069-1082. *corresponding
  • Albers, S.V., and B. Meyer (2011) The archaeal cell envelope. Nature Reviews Microbiology, 9:414-26.


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