Research Groups


Frankfurt researcher is admitted to the German Academy of Sciences

September 2010

Ivan Dikic, member of the Cluster of Excellence Macromolecular Complexes (CEF) and the Scientific Director of the CEF-funded FMLS, is elected a member of the Leopoldina. The Leopoldina is Germany's National Academy that elects distinguished scientists from all over the world and advises the government on scientific issues and encourages an exchange of ideas with academies abroad and international scientists.

Dikic, who was born in Croatia, has earned recognition for his work on ubiquitin, a protein that - among other things - plays a role in carcinogenesis. He also received a € 2.5 million European Research Council "Advanced Investigator Grant", a prestigious award that enables top European scientists to focus on innovative research projects. He will join the Biochemistry section of the Leopoldina.

Frankfurt University's President Professor Werner Müller-Esterl congratulated his colleague, commenting that Ivan Dikic "wholeheartedly deserves this honour". In accepting the accolade, Dikic said: "I am very honoured by this highly esteemed recognition and look forward to actively participating in Academy's programmes, particularly in educational programmes and the popularisation of science".

Contact for further information: Ms. Birgit Lipke, Institute of Biochemistry II, Niederrad Campus. Tel: +49 (0)69 6301-5652, or lipke(at)