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Department of Molecular Life Sciences

Katrin Möller

Katrin Möller

PhD Student

Katrin Möller

Office Y13-K-36

Phone (office): +41 44 635 31 88

Phone (lab): +41 44 635 44 39


Katrin was born in Reykjavik, Iceland. She obtained both her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Master’s degrees Biomedicine, at the University of Iceland. Her Bachelor’s thesis she did at the Steingrimsson’s lab, Biomedical Center, where she investigated the different 5’Ends of TFEB, a transcription factor important for lysosomal biogenesis and autophagy. Following her Bachelor’s degree she did an internship in the same lab, where she studied the transcriptional regulation of different subunits of the v-ATPase in melanoma cells. In 2014 she started her Master’s thesis in the Steingrimsson's lab, where she investigated the role of MITF in regulating starvation-induced autophagy in melanoma. During this time she visited the lab of Prof. Anne Simonsen at the University of Oslo, for 2 months, to get training in several autophagy-related research techniques. In fall 2016, she started her PhD at EMBL (Heidelberg, Germany) in Francesca Peri’s Group, where she studies the complex interplay between intracellular processing and microglia responses to neuronal cell death and injuries. In spring 2018 she moved with Francesca to the University of Zürich – IMLS (Switzerland), to continue her project.

During her free-time, Katrin enjoys spending time in the mountains, rock-, ice- and alpine climbing, skiing and mountain biking. She also loves baking cakes!


  • Ramile Dilshat, Valerie Fock, Colin Kenny, Ilse Gerritsen, Romain Maurice Jacques Lasseur, Jana Travnickova, Ossia Margarita Eichhoff, Philipp Cerny, Katrin Möller, Sara Sigurbjörnsdóttir, Kritika Kirty, Berglind Ósk Einarsdottir, Phil F Cheng, Mitchell Levesque, Robert A Cornell, E Elizabeth Patton, Lionel Larue, Marie de Tayrac, Erna Magnúsdóttir, Margrét Helga Ögmundsdóttir, Eirikur Steingrimsson. (2021) MITF reprograms the extracellular matrix and focal adhesion in melanoma. doi: 10.7554/eLife.63093 Pubmed link: PubMed
  • Josué Ballesteros-Álvarez, Ramile Dilshat, Valerie Fock, Katrin Möller, Ludwig Karl, Lionel Larue, Margrét Helga Ögmundsdóttir, Eiríkur Steingrímsson. (2020) MITF and TFEB cross-regulation in melanoma cells. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0238546 Pubmed link: PubMed
  • Katrin Möller, Sara Sigurbjornsdottir, Asgeir O Arnthorsson, Vivian Pogenberg, Ramile Dilshat, Valerie Fock, Solveig H Brynjolfsdottir, Christian Bindesboll, Margret Bessadottir, Helga M Ogmundsdottir, Anne Simonsen, Lionel Larue, Matthias Wilmanns, Vesteinn Thorsson, Eirikur Steingrimsson, Margret H Ogmundsdottir. (2019) MITF has a central role in regulating starvation-induced autophagy in melanoma. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-37522-6 PubMed
  • Tianyi Zhang, Qingxiang Zhou, Margret Helga Ogmundsdottir, Katrin Möller, Robert Siddaway, Lionel Larue, Michael Hsing, Sek Won Kong, Colin Ronald Goding, Arnar Palsson, Eirikur Steingrimsson, Francesca Pignoni. (2015) Mitf is a master regulator of the v-ATPase, forming a control module for cellular homeostasis with v-ATPase and TORC. doi: 10.1242/jcs.173807 PubMed

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