Prof. Dr. Marino Zerial

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Head of Research Group – Principles of cell and tissue organization: from endocytosis to a systems understanding of liver structure and function – Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics

deep-hcc Co-Coordinator

Role in LiSyM-Cancer

  • Co-coordinator and project leader in DEEP-HCC
  • Geometric models of early HCC


  • Molecular mechanisms of endocytosis
  • Quantitative multi-parametric image analysis
  • Multi-scale analysis of tissue organization and function


  • 1982, PhD in biology, University of Trieste
  • Biochemistry Studies

Professional Experience

  • Since 2023, Director of Human Technopole, Milano, Italy
  • Since 1998, Head of Research Group at MPI-CBG, Dresden
  • 1998 - 2023, Max Planck Director and co-founder of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, MPI-CBG, Dresden
  • 1991 - 1998, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, Research Group Leader: Molecular regulation of endocytosis
  • Post-doctoral research:
    • Institut J. Monod, Paris: Organization of the human genome
    • EMBL, Heidelberg: Biosynthesis and endocytosis of the transferrin receptor

Honors and Awards (Selection)

  • Honorary Professor at the Medical Faculty, University of Technology, Dresden
  • 2021, member of the American Academy of Arts and Science
  • 2019, member of the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti
  • 2006, Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Preis, Germany
  • 1998, Chiara D'Onofrio-Preis, Italy
  • 1996, member of the European Molecular Biology Organization
  • 1994, FEBS Anniversary Prize