Prof. Dr. Ute A. Hellmich

Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
Institute of Organic Chemistry & Macromolecular Chemistry (IOMC)
Humboldtstraße 10, 07743 Jena



Secretary: Karola Schrader
Tel.:  +49-(0)3641-9-42751  

Short CV

Since 2021   Professor (W3) for Biostructural Interactions, Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences, Institute of Organic Cemistry and Macromolecular Chemistry (IOMC) and Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany

2020   Successful tenure evaluation, (W1 -> W2), Dept. Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany

Since 2015   Adjunct member and guest scientist at the Centre for Biomolecular Magnetic Resonance (BMRZ), Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany

2015 - 2020   Assistant professor (W1 tt W2) for Membrane Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Pharmacy, Geography and Geosciences, Department of Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany

2012 - 2014   Postdoctoral fellow, Dept. Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB), Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA (EMBO LTF)

2011   Postdoctoral fellow, Centre for Biomolecular Magnetic Resonance (BMRZ), Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

2006 - 2010   PhD in Biochemistry/Biophysical Chemistry, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany

2006   Research internship, Dept. Pharmacology, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK (EMBO STF)

2005   Research internship, Dept. Life Sciences, Imperial College, London, UK

2000 - 2005   Undergraduate studies in Biochemistry (Diploma), Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany 

Awards, Honors and Recognitions

2020   Boehringer Ingelheim Stiftung Exploration Grant for outstanding junior researchers in chemistry, biology or medicine

2020   Offer for the W3 professorship Biochemistry/Biophysical Chemistry (NF Rösch/Lehrstuhl für Biopolymere), Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Geosciences, Universität Bayreuth, Germany, declined

2019   Hoechst Dozentenpreis der Aventis Foundation und des Fonds der Chemischen Industrie 

2019   Offer for the W2 professorship Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemistry and Biotechnology, HS Darmstadt, Germany, declined 

2018 - 2020   Chair of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) Chapter Mainz-Wiesbaden (with Prof. Eva Rentschler)

2018   Nomination for the Alexander M. Cruickshank Award, Gordon Research Conference "Drug Metabolism"

since 2018   Member of the FEBS ABC Conference Scientific Advisory Board

2017   Fulbright-Cottrell Award for Excellence in Research and Teaching 

2016   Award for best Presentation, Bioorganische Chemie Symposium, Jena

2015   Chair, Gordon Research Seminar "Mechanism of Membrane Transport" 

2012 - 2014   EMBO Long Term Award, Harvard University, USA

2006   EMBO Short-term Fellowship for Cambridge University, UK

Memberships/Scientific Community Support

  • Elected member of the advisory board of the Joint Group Chemical Biology (since 2021)(Gemeinsame Fachgruppe Chemische Biologie der DECHEMA, GDCh, DPhG, GBM)
  • Faculty member of the Jena School of Microbial Communication (JSMC) (since 2021)
  • Member of the Covid19-NMR Initiative (since 2020)
  • International Transmembrane Transporter Society (ITTS) Meeting "Catching Transport in Motion", Copenhagen, invited chair and session organizer (2020, postponed to 2022)
  • Guest Editor, FEBS Letters Special Issue "Diversity of Structure and Function of ABC Transporters" (2020/2021)
  • Co-Chair of the GDCh Ortsverband Mainz-Wiesbaden (2018-2020)
  • Scientific jury member, STEP Award for innovative biotech companies in Germany, Austria, Switzerland (2019)
  •  Facilitator, “Bridges to Germany” Fulbright-Workshop for young research leaders and junior faculty, June 2-5, Göttingen, Germany (2019) 
  • Scientific Advisory Board Member, FEBS ABC Conference (since 2018)
  • Co-Organizer, “Bridges to Germany” Fulbright-Workshop for young researchers and junior faculty from Germany and the US for a better between international, interdisciplinary research, science and teaching, Berlin, June 18 - 20, 2018,
  • Scientific Steering Committee, LOEWE DynaMem Initiative (since 2018)
  • Chair, Gordon Research Seminar “Mechanisms of Membrane Transport”, June 24 - 25, 2017, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH, USA,
  • Guest Editor, BBA Biomembranes, Special Edition “Beyond the Structure-Function Horizon of Membrane Proteins” (BBA Biomembranes Special Issue) (2017)
  • Co-organizer CECAM Meeting “Ion Transport from Physics to Physiology: the Missing Rungs in the Ladder”, April 3 - 6, 2017, Lausanne, Switzerland,
  • Member of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh)
  • Member of the Gesellschaft für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie (GBM)

Service and University Committee Work

  • Faculty member of the Jena School of Microbial Communication (JSMC) (since 2021)
  • Elected member of the Leitungsgremium Department Chemie, FB09, JGU Mainz (2020)
  • Steering board member, Max Planck Graduate Centre (MPGC) Junior Faculty representative (2019 - 2020)
  • Prüfungsausschuss Master Chemie und Biomedizinische Chemie, FB09, Uni Mainz (2019 - 2020)
  • Prüfungsausschuss Bachelor Chemie und Biomedizinische Chemie, FB09, Uni Mainz (2019 - 2020)
  • Prüfungsausschuss Diplomvorprüfung und Diplomprüfung in Chemie und Biomedizinische Chemie, JGU Mainz (2017 - 2020)
  • Member of the Gutenberg Nachwuchskolleg (GNK), JGU Mainz (2017 - 2020)
  • Invited panelist at Hochschulrektorenkonferenz Fachtagung „HRK-Expertise: Who owns internationalization? Internationalisierung qualitätsgeleitet in die Breite tragen“, Berlin, May 22, 2017
  • Initiator and Organizer, Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium for PhD students and Postocs (participants from Faculties 02, 05, 08, 09, 10, JGU Mainz) (2016 - 2020)
  • Faculty member of the Max Planck Graduate Centre (MPGC) (since 2016)
  • Faculty member of “TransMED” – Mainz Research School of Translational Biomedicine (since 2016)
  • Gender equality representative of the Institute of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, JGU Mainz (2015 - 2019)