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Lab head:


Prof. Dr. Dr. Christian Michael Grimm, PhD

Christian is Professor for Molecular Pharmacology at the Walther-Straub-Institute (WSI) of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Medical Faculty, Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich, Germany. Christian has been working in the field of ion channels, in particular TRP channels for more than 20 years, starting as a PhD Student (Dr. rer. nat.) at the Free University (FU) of Berlin, Germany, followed by postdoctoral research fellowships at Harvard University and Stanford University, USA (2004-2009). In 2009 Christian joined pharmaceutical industry (Pfizer Ltd., UK) as a principal scientist working on ion channels as targets to treat neuropathic pain. In 2011, Christian returned to Germany and to academia as a group leader in pharmacology at the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy of the LMU Munich. Since then he has focused his research on endo-lysosomal ion channels, in particular TRPML channels and two-pore channels (TPCs), resulting in several high-profile publications in PNAS, EMBO J., Nature Commun., Nature Protoc., and Science. For his work he received several awards, the Ernst-Reuter Award of the Free University Berlin (2005), the NCL Foundation Award (2016), and the Care for Rare Award of the LMU Munich Childrens' Hospital (2017). Christian also holds a PhD (Dr. phil.) in Philosophy.

In addition, since 2022 Christian is leading a research team at the Fraunhofer Institute for Translational Medicine and Pharmacology (ITMP), Section of Immunology, Infection and Pandemic Research (IIP) in Munich/Penzberg.

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Member of the European Calcium Society (ECS)

Member of the German Pharmacological Society (DGP)

Lab members:

Dr. Yvonne Klingl, PhD

Postdoc (Fraunhofer, BI)


Dr. Dawid Jaslan, PhD

Postdoc (WSI)


Eva Weiden, PhD student (GRK2338, DFG)


Rebecca Deutsch, PhD student (DFG GR4315/2-2)


Sandra Castro, PhD student (SFB1328, DFG)


Mane Mkhitaryan, MD student (GRK2338)


Keyne Talbot, MD student (GRK2338)


Veronika Kudrina, former Master student

Now PhD student (SFB/TRR152, DFG)


Marco Müller

Master student



Carla Abrahamian (Armenia/Syria/Lebanon)

PhD candidate (defending in 2023/24)


Rachel Tang (Malaysia/USA)

PhD candidate (defending in 2023/24)


Dr. Einar Kleinhans-Krogsaeter (Norway)



Dr. Yu-Kai Chao (Taiwan)

Now Roche, CH


Dr. Julia Böck (Germany)

Now Bristol-Myers-Squibb, Munich, Germany


Dr. Barbara Spix (Germany)


Dr. Ponsawan Netcharoensirisuk (“Nes”) (Thailand)


Marcel Passon (Germany)

Now PhD student, University of Ghent, Belgium


CV Grimm

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