Since April 2021, Dorothee Dormann is a Professor of Molecular Cell Biology at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and Adjunct Director at the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) at Mainz. She is an internationally leading researcher in the field of molecular neurodegeneration. In particular, she investigates how nuclear transport processes, phase separation, RNA processing functions and post-translational modifications of RNA-binding proteins are regulated in healthy cells and how these processes are disrupted in neurodegenerative diseases and during aging.
Before joining JGU, Dr. Dormann was an independent research group leader at LMU Munich, supported by an Emmy Noether fellowship of the German Research Foundation (DFG). For her research she received numerous awards, including the Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz Award in 2014 and the Paul Ehrlich und Ludwig Darmstädter Prize for Young Researchers in 2019. Recently she has received funding by the DFG for a Heisenberg professorship.
With her research, she will further enhance research in the life sciences at Mainz, especially in the Top-level Research Area "Resilience, Adapatation and Longevity" (ReALity), and she will cooperate with researchers from numerous institutes in Mainz and the Rhine-Main area, in particular in the areas of gene regulation, genome stability, neurobiology, stress resilience and longevity/ageing.