Prof. Dr. Johannes Buchner



Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Buchner (*1960) investigates the principles of protein structure formation and the cellular machinery of protein folding, which also allows the cell  to survive adverse environmental conditions (such as high temperatures). In addition to providing insight into fundamental cellular processes, these studies also provide important prerequisites for the production of proteins in biotechnological processes, such as the biosynthesis of antibodies, whose molecular basis is being elucidated.

After studying biology at the University of Regensburg, Prof. Buchner received his doctorate there in 1991. As a postdoctoral researcher, he worked with Ira Pastan at the National Cancer Institute of the NIH on new concepts of cancer therapy and subsequently returned to the University of Regensburg as head of a junior research group. There he habilitated in biochemistry in 1995 and was appointed full professor at TUM in 1998. Prof. Buchner was co-organizer and co-spokesperson of the Center for Integrated Protein Science Munich (CIPSM) cluster of excellence and he has led the SFB 1035 on conformational regulation of proteins since 2012).


  • Hans Neurath Prize of the Protein Society (2011)
  • Election to the Bavarian Academy of Sciences (2010)
  • Election to the Leopoldina (2006)
  • Habilitation Award (1995)
  • Heisenberg Fellowship (1995)

Kazman P, Vielberg M-T, Pulido Cendales MD, Hunziger L, Weber B, Hegenbart U,  Zacharias M, Köhler R, Schönland S, Groll M, & Buchner J: “A patient-derived antibody light chain shows fatal amyloid formation caused by a single point mutation”. Elife. 2020; 9: e52300.


Dahiya V, Agam G, Lawatscheck J, Rutz DA, Lamb DC, and Buchner J: “Coordinated conformational processing of p53 by the Hsp70 and Hsp90 chaperones machineries”. Mol. Cell. 2019; 74: 816-830.


Schmid PWN, Lim NCH, Peters C, Back KC, Bourgeois B, Pirolt F, Richter B, Peschek J, Puk O, Amarie OV, Dalke C, Haslbeck M, Weinkauf S, Madl T, Graw J & Buchner J: “Imbalances in the eye lens proteome are linked to cataract formation”. Nature Struct. & Mol. Biol. 2011; 28: 143–151.


Feige MJ, Groscurth S, Marcinowski M, Shimizu Y, Kessler H, Hendershot LM, Buchner J.: “An unfolded CH1 domain controls the assembly and secretion of IgG antibodies”. Mol. Cell. 2009; 34: 569-579.


Bose S, Weikl T, Bügl H, Buchner J: “Chaperone function of Hsp90-associated proteins”. Science. 1996; 274: 1715 - 1717.