1986 - 2021 | Professor of Biochemistry
As Professor of Biochemistry, Martin Spiess was active in research and teaching at the Biozentrum from 1986 until his retirement in 2021. From the very start, he focused on how proteins are transported within the cell to reach their final destination. Among other things, Spiess’ provided important insights into the function of the so-called translocon, a protein gate which integrates protein segments into the membrane or shuttles them through, depending on their properties. A further focus of his work was the transport and secretion of peptide hormones. In addition to his research and teaching activities, Spiess has served three terms as Dean of the Faculty of Science.