Alexander Kanitz

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Contact Information

  • ETH Zurich

     Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences
     Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences / Pharmacogenomics Unit
     Wolfgang Pauli-Strasse 10
     8093 Zurich
     Switzerland
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Education

  • Dec 2011: Molecular Life Sciences, Ph.D., ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Mar 2007: Medical Biochemistry, M.Sc., University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Jul 2004: Molecular Biotechnology, B.Sc., Technical University of Munich, Germany

Research interests

I am interested in post-transcriptional regulatory networks, particularly the regulation of mRNA translation, localization and stability by RNA-binding proteins and non-coding RNAs. In our lab we are studying the dynamics of mRNPs in yeast and human cell lines, and we hope that our work will contribute to the deciphering of the "mRNP code".

Current position

I am a grad student in the Gerber Lab at the ETH Zurich, working on post-transcriptional gene regulation, and was recruited through the Molecular Life Sciences program of the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.

Tentative title of the project: "Systematic Analysis of the Crosstalk between Regulatory RNA-Binding Proteins and the MicroRNA Machinery".

I am an initiator of the RNA Club Zurich and the (currently defunct) Zurich-based "Web Utilities and Software Seminar". Furthermore I maintain the web presence of the Gerber Lab (currently moving to the UK).

Previous labs

  • 2004-2005 - Seppen Lab, AMC Liver Center, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands: "Lentiviral Gene Transfer of Chemically Inducible Hepatocyte Growth Factor Receptor and Liver Re-Targeting of Lentiviral Particles" / Supervisors: Dr. Jurgen Seppen, Prof. Ronald P.J. Oude-Elferink
  • 2004 - Skerra Lab, Institute of Biological Chemistry, Technical University of Munich, Germany: "Production and characterization of the enzymatically active domain of the endolysine Ply500 isolated from Listeria monocytogenes-bacteriophage A 500" / Supervisors: Dr. Ingo P. Korndörfer, Prof. Arne Skerra

Education

Publications

  1. Kanitz A and Gerber AP. Circuitry of mRNA regulation. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Systems Biology and Medicine 2009 Sep 30. doi: 10.1002/wsbm.55 [Paper4]
  2. Galgano A, Forrer M, Jaskiewicz L, Kanitz A, Zavolan M, and Gerber AP. . pmid:18776931. PubMed HubMed [Paper3]
  3. Korndörfer IP, Kanitz A, Danzer J, Zimmer M, Loessner MJ, and Skerra A. . pmid:18560152. PubMed HubMed [Paper2]
  4. Markusic DM, Kanitz A, Oude-Elferink RP, and Seppen J. . pmid:17630838. PubMed HubMed [Paper1]
All Medline abstracts: PubMed HubMed

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