Simon Alberti is a Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) in Dresden, Germany. He received his PhD in 2004 in Cell Biology from the University of Bonn, Germany. In 2005 he joined the lab of Susan Lindquist at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research (Cambridge, USA), where he worked on prions and amyloids in budding yeast. In 2010 he initiated his career as an independent scientist at the MPI-CBG, studying proteostasis and the molecular principles underlying cytoplasmic organization. His recent work shows that cells form many membraneless compartments via a biophysical process known as phase separation. Importantly, the ability to form such compartments becomes detrimental with increasing age, because compartment-forming proteins have a tendency to misfold and aggregate and cause age-related neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS.
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