Prof. Dr. Robert Tampé

ERC Investigator, Head of Research Center CRC 807, EMBO Member

Cellular Biochemistry, Institute of Biochemistry, Biocenter, Goethe University Frankfurt


Illuminating Hidden Cellular Pathways During Differentiation of Dendritic Cells


The adaptive immune system has evolved sophisticated ways to detect and eliminate malignantly or virally transformed cells. Malfunctioning can lead to chronic infection and autoimmunity. We will explore molecular machines in cellular compartmentalization as well as MHC I-chaperone and ER-quality control complexes in adaptive immunity and also in terms of viral immune evasion. The key steps in these pathways and the mechanisms of molecular machines involved are largely unknown. This emerging research area will be addressed by integrative approaches comprising single-cell biochemistry, CRISPR/Cas9 technology (genomic trapping of native complexes), antibody engineering, chemical biology, super-resolution microscopy, and single-molecule spectroscopy.



  1. Hofmann S, Januliene D, Mehdipour AR, Thomas C, Stefan E, Brüchert S, Kuhn BT, Geertsma ER, Hummer G, Tampé R*#, Moeller A* (2019) Conformation space of a heterodimeric ABC exporter under turnover conditions. Nature, in press. (*corresponding authors; #lead contact)
  2. Döring M, Blees H, Koller N, Tischer-Zimmermann S, Müsken M, Henrich F, Becker J, Garbski E, Wang J, Jannssen H, Zuschratter W, Neefjes J, Klawonn F, Eiz-Vesper B, Tampé R*, Kalinke U* (2019) Blood Adv 3, 839-50.
  3. Blees A, Januliene D, Hofmann T, Koller N, Schmidt C, Trowitzsch S, Moeller A, Tampé R (2017) Structure of the human MHC-I peptide-loading complex. Nature 551, 525-8.
    (Front Cover Story and News & View in Nature 2017; Dispatch in Current Biology 2018;
    Highlight in F1000 2018; Viewpoint in Mol Immunol 2018)
  4. Thomas C, Tampé R (2017) Structure of the TAPBPR-MHC I complex defines the mechanism of peptide loading and editing. Science 358, 1060-4.
    (Insights and Perspectives in Science 2017; News & Views in Nature 2017;
    Highlight in F1000 2018; Viewpoint in Biochemistry 2018)
  5. Kollmannsperger A, Sharei A, Raulf A, Heilemann M, Langer R, Jensen KF, Wieneke R, Tampé R (2016) Live-cell protein labelling with nanometre precision by cell squeezing.
    Nature Commun 7, 10372.
  6. Kim JM, Wu, S, Tomasiak T, Mergel C, Winter MN, Stiller S, Robles-Colmanares Y,Stroud RM*, Tampé R*, Craik CS*, Cheng Y* (2015) Subnanometre-resolution electron cryomicroscopy structure of a heterodimeric ABC exporter. Nature 517, 396-400. (*corresponding authors)
  7. Fischbach H, Döring M, Nikles D, Lehnert E, Baldauf C, Kalinke U, Tampé R (2015) Ultra-sensitive quantification of TAP-dependent antigen compartmentalization in scarce primary immune cell subsets. Nature Commun6, 6199.


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