Head of the cryo-EM unit
Cristina Paulino, originally from Portugal, studied biochemistry at the Heinrich-Heine University in Dusseldorf, Germany. She conducted her Master Thesis at the Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology in Dortmund, Germany, and graduated in 2008. During her undergraduate and following doctoral studies at the Max-Planck Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt, Germany, she was trained in membrane protein biology. Under the supervision of Werner Kühlbrandt, a pioneer in the field, she became proficient in electron cryo-microscopy (cryo-EM) and obtained her PhD with distinction (summa cum laude) in 2014. Building upon her expertise, she implemented the technique of cryo-EM in the group of Raimund Dutzler (University of Zurich, Switzerland) during her postdoctoral studies. In August 2017 she obtained a tenure-tracked position as an Assistant Professor and became head of the cryo-EM unit at the Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute (GBB), University of Groningen, The Netherlands. In June 2022 she was promoted to Associate Professor.
Cristina was awarded a PhD Fellowship from the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation FCT, a Postdoc Fellowship from the University of Zurich, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships, a NWO Veni grant and a NWO Start-Up grant. In 2020 she was awarded the NVBMB prize, from the Dutch Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology that recognises the work of highly talented young independent PIs in the field. Within The Netherlands Electron Microscopy Infrastructure roadmap (NEMI), she heads the national single-particle cryo-EM flagship node and is member of the executive board.
Her interdisciplinary research combines structural data, determined by high-resolution single particle cryo-EM, with the functional characterization of target proteins. Her main interest is focused on elucidating the structure-function relationships that explain the mechanism of action of membrane transporters and channels.
MEET OUR LAB MEMBERS
Postdoc & EM Facility manager
with us since Dec 2018
Our secretary to help in all matters
+31 50 36 32400 j.kampen(at)rug.nl
EM Facility manager
Keeping the EM unit up and running since 1997
Making sure our cluster doesn’t explode since 2016
with us since May 2022
with us since Sept 2019
Postdoc shared with Dirk Slotboom
with us since Nov 2018
PhD Student of Dirk Slotboom
with us to do cryo-EM since March 2021
with us since September 2021
with us since Nov 2019
Undergraduate students or Exchange Researchers
with us since February 2022
rocking science @ 200kV
with us since 2017
our slide master cat
with us since 2019
our relion guru baby
with us since 2018
our grant submitting baby
with us since 2020
our processing dog
with us since 2019
our EM watchdog
with us since 2020
Very much missed alumni
EMBO short-term postdoc visitor
from the lab of João Morais Cabral (PT)
with us from March till June 2022
with us since Feb 2021 – Oct 2021
with us from Dec 2019 – Mar 2020
with us from June 2017 till Feb 2022
PhD student shared with Dirk Slotboom
with us from Sept 2017 – March 2021
a cryo-EM legend now enjoying his retirement
was with us from 2017-2019
Vanessa Clerico Mosina
with us from Nov 2017 till Oct 2022
PhD Student shared with Bert Poolman
with us from Jan 2019 – Sep 2020
was with us in 2018
THE GOLDEN TROPHY
The golden EM trophy, is one of the things we introduced in our group to show appreciation and boost the motivation within oneself and between lab members. This trophy is passed to everyone in the group that had a nice accomplishment (published, unpublished, for research or a big life event, or simply for a great idea or support). This event gets a spot on our ‘wall of fame’, which hangs next to our ‘wall of shame’, then, hey, mistakes happen, we learn from them and they can be a good reason for a laugh, too…
THE WALLS OF FAME & SHAME
We like to celebrate all events be it good, bad or simply hilarious.
They all get a spot on our wall of fame or shame, which hang next to our beloved Talos Arctica.
Then hey, mistakes happen, we learn from them and they can be a good reason for a laugh, too.
THE BIG PICTURE
After all we like to join forces and are a big team. Together with the group of Dirk Slotboom and Bert Poolman we build the MEMBRANE ENZYMOLOGY GROUP, and together with the group of Albert Guskov we are all interested in the same thing: how do membrane proteins work?!