Markus Grütter was Full Professor at the Department of Biochemistry until his retirement in January 2013. From February 2009 until September 2012 he acted as Head of Department. He has also been director of the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Structural Biology (since 2001) and of the EU program P-CUBE (Infrastructure for Protein Production Platforms), (since April 2009).
His research focuses on the relationship between structure and function in proteases, large protein complexes and membrane proteins, as well as on structure-based drug design for proteins with a defined role in diseases.
Markus Grütter studied biophysics at the Biocenter of the University of Basel in Switzerland and extended his studies as a postdoctoral fellow in protein crystallography at the Institute of Molecular Biology of the University of Oregon in Eugene, USA. Markus Grütter then became director of a research unit for protein structure and computer-aided molecular modelling at Novartis Pharma in Basel.