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Dr. Birgit Dreier
Department of Biochemistry
University of Zurich
Winterthurerstr. 190
CH-8057 Zurich
Office: Y44 M 64b
Tel.: +41 44 635 5503

Birgit Dreier

Birgit is originally from Osnabrück, Germany, where she studied Biology and performed her Master’s thesis. She then moved to the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, for her Ph.D. work. Here, she made first contact with the in vitro evolution of proteins, antibodies at that time, with new binding specificities to a then unknown DNA-binding protein, a transcription factor, later described as STAT3. After finishing her Ph.D., she accepted a position as postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Prof. Carlos Barbas at The Scripps Research Institute, San Diego, California. There, she worked for more than three years on the in vitro evolution of DNA-binding zinc finger proteins. Back in Europe, she joined the lab of Prof. Peter Sonderegger at the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Zurich, as her second postdoctoral position and made an excursion to the field of Neurobiology. In 2007, she joined the lab of Prof. Andreas Plückthun as Senior Scientist. Her focus is protein evolution and engineering using a new class of protein scaffolds, the so called DARPins (Designed Ankyrin Repeat Proteins) as alternatives to antibodies.

Birgit Dreier is involved in the following lectures and courses:
BCH 301 Molecular Cell Biology, Tutorial
BCH 303 Methods in Biochemistry
BCH 306 Biochemical and Biophysical Methods
BCH 420 Advanced Protein Engineering (I sometimes help out in this class)
BCH 408 Supervision of a 6 Week Research Project
BCH 501 Supervision of Master Theses
Lecture for Medical Students: Molecular Cell Biology

Curriculum Vitae