Juniorprofessor Dr. rer. nat. Harald Platta

Education and Positions

1998-2002              Study of Biology

(Faculty of Biology; Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

2002-2003              Diploma Thesis (Dipl. Biol.)

(Pflanzenphysiologie, Prof. Weiler, Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

2003-2006              Dissertation (Dr. rer nat.)

(Biochemie und Pathobiochemie, Prof. Erdmann, Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

2007-2009              Postdoc

(Biochemie und Pathobiochemie, Prof. Erdmann, Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

2009-2011              Postdoc Research Fellow  (EMBO Longterm Fellowship)

(Biochemistry, Prof. Stenmark, Norwegian Radium Hospital Oslo)

since 2012              Group Leader and Junior-Professor

(Biochemie Intrazellulärer Transportprozesse, Ruhr-Universität Bochum)




·       Research Award of the Sophia & Fritz Heinemann Foundation (2007)

·       EMBO Longterm Fellowship (2009-2011)

·   Principal Investigator in the Collaborative Research Center SFB 642 : GTP- and ATP-dependent Membrane Processes (2011-2016)

·       Principal Investigator in two projects of the  DFG-Research Unit FOR 1905 : Struktur und Funktion des peroxisomalen Translokons (since 2013)

·    Editorial Board Member of the journal Receptors & Clinical Investigation (since 2014)

·    Guest-Editor for the journal Current Medicinal Chemistry (2018)





·       Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Medical Faculty (RUB):

Lectures, Seminars, Practical Courses and Exams (Physikum, PhD-Dr.med.) for Medical students as well as Practical Courses and Exams (B.Sc, M.Sc, PhD-Dr.rer.nat.) for Biology and Biochemistry students.



·       36 Publications in peer-reviewed journals

·         4 Publications as book chapters or non-English scientific journals

·       h-Index: 20; Citations: > 2200 (Web of Science)




Selection of five Publications

El Magraoui F, Schrötter A, Brinkmeier R, Kunst L, Mastalski T, Müller T, Marcus K, Meyer HE, Girzalsky W, Erdmann R, Platta HW (2014) The cytosolic domain of Pex22p stimulates the Pex4p-dependent ubiquitination of the PTS1-receptor. PLoS One 9:e105894. 


El Magraoui F, Brinkmeier R, Schrötter A, Girzalsky W, Müller T, Marcus K, Meyer HE, Erdmann R, Platta HW (2013) Distinct ubiquitination cascades act on the peroxisomal targeting signal type 2 co-receptor Pex18p.Traffic 14:1290-1301.


Platta, HW, Abrahamsen, H, Thoresen, SB, Stenmark, H (2012) Nedd4-dependent lysine-11-linked polyubiquitination of the tumor suppressor Beclin-1. Biochem J 441:399-406.


Platta, HW, El Magraoui, F, Schlee, D, Grunau, S, Girzalsky, W, Erdmann, R (2007) Ubiquitination the peroxisomal import receptor Pex5p is required for its recycling. J Cell Biol 177:197-204.


Platta, HW, Grunau, S, Rosenkranz, K, Girzalsky, W, Erdmann, R. (2005) Functional role of the AAA peroxins in dislocation of the cycling PTS1 receptor back to the cytosol. Nat Cell Biol 7: 817-822.