Lebenslauf Klaus Dornmair

Klaus Dornmair studied Biochemistry at the University of Tübingen, Germany. During his PhD thesis at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biology, Tübingen, he investigated the transport of solutes across lipid membranes using biophysical methods. In particular, he studied the mechanisms how membrane proteins may act as molecular pumps accumulating nutrients against a concentration gradient.


As a postdoc at the Department of Chemistry, Stanford University, CA, he started to work on immunologically relevant proteins. He investigated the structure and function of major histocompatibility (MHC) molecules and continued these studies when he became a staff scientist and group leaded at the Max-Planck-Institute of Neurobiology, Martinsried, Germany. Soon he extended the topic of his studies to the counterparts of MHC molecules, the antigen-specific T cell receptor (TCR) molecules. Since 1999 he is the head of the research group “Target antigens of autoreactive T- and B-cells” at the Institute of Clinical Neuroimmunology, LMU Munich.