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Ponimaskin, Evgeni

Ponimaskin, Evgeni, Prof. Dr. rer. nat.


REBIRTH Unit Functional Molecular Microscopy, Institut für Zelluläre Neurophysiologie, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover

Biography / About

Date of Birth:August, 1967
Function:Head of Department


1991Diploma in Biology, Novosibirsk State University
1992Diploma in Biochemistry, Oldenburg University, Germany
1994Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Institute of Immunology and Molecular Biology, Free University Berlin

Academic appointments and Research posts:

1994 - 2000Postdoctoral fellow within special research center (SFB) „Cellular signal recognition and signal transduction", Berlin, Germany
2000 - 2002 Faculty member and group leader at the Department of Neuro and Sensory Physiology, Medical School at the University of Goettingen, Germany
2003Post-doctoral lecturing qualification (Habilitation) in Physiology, Senior lecturer (Privatdozent)
2002 - 2008Independent group leader within DFG Research Center “Molecular Physiology of the Brain” and Cluster of Excellence “Microscopy at the Nanometer Range”, Goettingen, Germany
2008Full Professor (W2) in Cellular Neurophysiology at the Medical School Hannover (MHH)

Awards and Prizes:

1991 - 1992DAAD Fellowship
2008Heisenberg Professorship of the German Research Council (DFG)
2009Call for the position of the Head of Department of Neuropharmacology (W3 Professorship) at the University of Tübingen, Germany
2016Call for the position of the head of Department of Cellular Physiology (W3 Professorship) at the University of Bochum

Major research interests:

  • Quantitative molecular microscopy
  • FRET-based biosensor
  • Serotonergic system
  • Cell motility
  • Extracellzular matrix


Grant reviewer for DFG, Wellcome Trust, EU (COST-Actions), RSF (Russian Science Foundation), Schram-Stiftung (Germany) and FWF Wissenschaftsfond (Austria). Reviewer for different scientific journals , e.g. Biophysical Journal, British Journal of Pharmacology, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of Neuroscience, Molecular Pharmacology, Nature Chemical Biology, Neuron

Selected Publications:

  1. Moutin E, Nikonenko I. Stefanelli T, Wirth A, Ponimaskin E, De Roo, M, Muller D. (2016) Palmitoylation of Cdc42 promotes spines stabilization and rescues spine density deficit in a mouse model of 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Cerebral Cortex. Epub ahead of print
  2. Lievens P, Kuznetsova T, Kochlamazashvili G, Cesca F, Gorinski N, Abdel Galil D, Cherkas V, Ronkina N, Lafera J, Gaestel M, Ponimaskin E*, Dityatev A (2016) ZDHHC3 tyrosine phosphorylation regulates NCAM palmitoylation. Molecular and Cellular Biology. 36:2208-25. * equally contributed corresponding author
  3. Kulikova, E., Bazovkina, D., Akulov, A., Tsybko, A., Fursenko, D., Kulikov, A., Naumenko, V., Ponimaskin, E.*, Kondaurova, E. (2016) Alterations of pharmacological and behavioral responses in recombinant mouse line with an increased predisposition to catalepsy: role of the 5-HT1A receptor. British Journal of Pharmacology, 173:2147-61. *equally contributed corresponding author
  4. Butzlaff, M., Weigel, A.,Ponimaskin, E., and Zeug, A. (2015) eSIP: A novel solution-based sectioned image property approach for microscope calibration. PlosOne, 10(8):e0134980
  5. Holst, K., Guseva, D., Schindler, S., Sixt, M., Braun, A., Chopra, H., Pabst, O., Ponimaskin, E. (2015) Serotonin receptor 5-HT7 regulates morphology and migratory properties of dendritic cells. Journal of Cell Science. 128:2866-2880
  6. Berod, L., Friedrich C., Nandan A., Freitag J., Hagemann S., Harmrolfs K., Sandouk A., Hesse C., Castro C., Bähre H., Tschirner S., Gorinski N., Gohmert M., Mayer CT., Huehn J., Ponimaskin E., Abraham W., Müller R., Lochner M., Sparwasser T. (2014) De novo fatty acid synthesis controls the fate between Treg and TH17 cells, Nature Medicine, 20:1327-1333
  7. Guseva D., Holst K., Kaune B., Meier M., Keubler L., Glage S., Buettner M., Bleich A., Pabst O., Bachmann O., Ponimaskin E., (2014) Serotonin 5-HT7 receptor is critically involved in acute and chronic inflammation of the gastro-intestinal tract. Inflammatory Bowel Disease, 20:1516-1512
  8. Bang C., Batkai S., Dangwal S., Fiedler J., Gupta S.K., Foinquinos, A., Holzmann, A., Just, A., Remke, J., Zimmer, K., Zeug A., Ponimaskin E., Schmiedl A., Yin, X., Mayr, M., Halder, R., Fischer, A., Engelhardt, S., Wei, Y., Schober, A., Fiedler, J., Thum T. (2014) A novel microRNA-based communication mechanism mediating cardiomyocyte hypertrophy. Journal of Clinical Investigation. 124:2136-2146
  9. Gorinski N, Kowalsman N, Renner U, Wirth A, Reinartz MT, Seifert R, Zeug A, Ponimaskin E*, Niv MY (2012) Computational and experimental analysis of the transmembrane domain 4/5 dimerization interface of the serotonin 5-HT1A receptor. Molecular Pharmacology, 82:448-63, *equally contributing corresponding author
  10. Renner U, Zeug A, Woehler A, Niebert M, Dityatev A, Dityateva G, Gorinski N, Guseva D, Abdel-Galil D, Fröhlich M, Döring F, Wischmeyer E, Richter DW, Neher E, Ponimaskin EG (2012) Heterodimerization of serotonin receptors 5-HT1A and 5-HT7 differentially regulates receptor signalling and trafficking. Journal of Cell Science, 125:2486-2499.

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