Stefan Jentsch

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Stefan Jentsch (29 May 1955 – 29 October 2016) was a German cell biologist. He was a director at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany. He is known for his pioneering work in the field of protein modifications by ubiquitin and ubiquitin-like modifiers.


Jentsch was born in Berlin and studied biology at the Free University of Berlin, where he also obtained his Diplom in 1979. He then completed his Ph.D. at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin in 1983.

After his Ph.D., he joined the laboratory of Alexander Varshavsky at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1988 he returned to Germany, becoming a junior group leader at the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society in Tübingen in 1988 and then professor at the Center of Molecular Biology (ZMBH), University of Heidelberg in 1993. From 1998 until his death he was a director of the Department of Molecular Cell Biology, the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried. Jentsch died in Munich on 29 October 2016.[1][2]

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  1. ^ Stefan Jentsch passed away – Obituary of the MPI of Biochemistry
  2. ^ Sommer, Thomas; Hoppe, Thorsten; Rape, Michael (2016). "Stefan Jentsch (1955–2016)". Cell. 167 (7): 1667–1668. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2016.11.057. Retrieved 2016-12-21.