Eva Kummer

Eva Kummer

Associate Professor

Current position

04/2021 – present

Associate Professor and group leader, NNF-CPR, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Previous positions

11/2014 – 02/2021

Postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Nenad Ban| ETH Zurich, Switzerland

  • reconstitution of the first mammalian mitochondrial translation complexes and their high-resolution structure determination by cryo-electron microscopy


11/2013 – 10/2014

Postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Bernd Bukau| University of Heidelberg, Germany

  • biochemical and structural characterization of the function of molecular chaperones



10/2009 – 10/2013

Dr. rer. nat. (summa cum laude) | University of Heidelberg, Germany

Thesis title: ‘The protein disaggregation activity of the ClpB/Hsp104 chaperone is regulated by its M domain’, supervisor: Prof. Bernd Bukau

  • function and regulation of molecular chaperones, protein biochemistry and fluorescence microscopy


10/2004 – 09/2009

Diplom in Human Biology (1.1, very good) | University of Greifswald, Germany

Thesis title: ‘Studies on MgsR and Spx paralogs in B. subtilis and S. aureus’about mechanisms of bacterial adaption to oxidative stress, supervisor: Prof. Michael Hecker

  • specializations: Microbiology, Immunology, Biochemistry


 Prizes, awards, fellowships

01/2014 – 12/2015: 2-years EMBO Long-Term Fellowship

07/2013:                     Protein Society Symposium ‘Graduate Best Poster Award’, Boston USA

07/2013:                     GlaxoSmithKline travel grant to attend Protein Society Symposium

05/2012:                     HBIGS travel grant to attend Cold Spring Harbor Meeting

10/2009 – 12/2011: ZMBH PhD fellowship

09/2009:                    3-years PhD fellowship of the Hartmut Hoffmann-Berling International Graduate School (gratefully declined in favour of ZMBH PhD fellowship)


 Training in leadership and mentoring

  • course ‘Lateral leadership’ (2 days, ETH Zurich, 09/2020)
  • course ‘Project Management’ (3days, ETH Zurich, 03-05/2020)
  • course ‘Leadership essentials’ (3 days, BWI Zurich, 02-03/2020)
  • course ‘Learning to Teach’ (35 hours, ETH Zurich, 04/2019)
  • course ‘Intra- and Interpersonal Competences in Academia’ (2 ½  days, ETH Zurich,
  • 01-02/2019)
  • course ‘Laboratory Leadership for Postdocs’ (3 days, EMBO course, 06/2018)


Institutional responsibilities

2016 – 2021:             AVETH (Academic Association of Scientific Staff at ETH Zurich)


2016 – 2021:             Female peer mentoring group (Department of Biology, ETH Zurich)


2012 − 2014:             IT team member and leader (2013-2014) at the life sciences job fair CONTACT, Heidelberg, Germany, (https://www.biocontact.info)


2005 − 2008:      member and president (2007-2008) of the student’s association Humanbiologie e.V. Greifswald

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