Synthetic biophysics of protein disorder

Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) are dynamic proteins that do not have a single well-defined structure, but instead adopt a range of different conformations. Because of this, IDPs are extremely hard to study. In my lab, we use cutting-edge chemical and synthetic biology, microfluidics, and super-resolved microscope engineering to develop innovative techniques to study IDPs in vital cellular processes like genome regulation. This includes engineering designer organelles to build synthetic proteins with fluorescent labels at specific sites, which enables us to better visualise their conformational changes at high resolution down to the single molecule level.

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Positions held

  • Since 2018: Adjunct Director, Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) & Professor of Synthetic Biophysics, Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU), Mainz
  • 2009 - 2020: Group Leader, EMBL, Heidelberg
  • 2005 - 2008:  Research Associate (Postdoc), The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla


  • 2005: PhD MPI for Biophysical Chemistry and University of Göttingen
  • 2001: Diploma in Chemistry, Technical University of Berlin
  • 2001: Master of Science, University of Oklahoma

Selected publications by Edward Lemke

Reinkemeier CD and Lemke EA (2021) Dual film-like organelles enable spatial separation of orthogonal eukaryotic translation. Cell, 184:1–18 Link

Reinkemeier CD, Girona GE and Lemke EA (2019) Designer membraneless organelles enable codon reassignment of selected mRNAs in eukaryotesScience, 363:eaaw2644 Link

Tan PS, Aramburu IV, Mercadante D, Tyagi S, Chowdhury A, Spitz D, Shammas SL, Gräter F and Lemke EA (2018) Two differential binding mechanisms of FG-nucleoporins and nuclear transport receptorsCell Rep, 22:3660–3671 Link

Koehler C, Sauter PF, Wawryszyn M, Girona GE, Gupta K, Landry JJM, Fritz MH-Y, Radic K, Hoffmann J-E, Chen ZA, Zou J, Tan PS, Galik B, Junttila S, Stolt-Bergner P, Pruneri G, Gyenesei A, Schultz C, Biskup MB, Besir H, Benes V, Rappsilber J, Jechlinger M, Korbel JO, Berger I, Braese S and Lemke EA (2016) Genetic code expansion for multiprotein complex engineeringNat Methods, 13:997–1000 Link

Milles S, Mercadante D, Aramburu IV, Jensen MR, Banterle N, Koehler C, Tyagi S, Clarke J, Shammas SL, Blackledge M#, Gräter F# and Lemke EA# (2015) Plasticity of an ultrafast interaction between nucleoporins and nuclear transport receptorsCell, 163:734–745 (# indicates joint correspondence) Link

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