Research Group Pierik

Prof. Dr. Antonio Pierik

Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr. Antonio J. Pierik

Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemistry

University of Kaiserslautern

Erwin-Schrödinger-Strasse 54

D-67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany

Phone: 0049-631-2054953



Academic Positions


2013 – present

Full Professor of Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Kaiserslautern University (Germany).


2006 – 2013

Group leader, Inst. of Cytobiology, Philipps Univ., Marburg, (Germany).

Yeast genetics, eukaryotic [Fe-S]-proteins and their assembly factors.


2000 – 2005

Group leader, Microbial Biochemistry, Philipps University Marburg (Germany).

Nicotinate catabolism and radical enzymes.


1998 – 1999

Postdoctoral fellow, Microbial Biochemistry, Philipps University, Marburg (Germany), with Prof. W. Buckel.

Biochemical and EPR characterization of vitamin B12-dependent mutases.


1996 – 1998

Postdoctoral fellow, E.C. Slater Institute, University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands), with Dr. S.P.J. Albracht.

FTIR and EPR spectroscopic studies of the metallocentres of hydrogenases.


1992 – 1995

Postdoctoral fellow, Nitrogen Fixation Laboratory, Brighton (U.K.) with Dr. R.R. Eady and Prof. B.E. Smith.

EPR of the P-cluster iron-sulfur centres of nitrogenase systems.

Academic Degrees



Higher Doctorate (Habilitation) in Microbiology at the Biology Dept., Philipps Univ., Marburg (Germany).


1987 – 1992

PhD in biochemistry (cum laude). Agricultural Univ., Wageningen (the Netherlands), PhD supervisors: Prof. W.R. Hagen and Prof. C. Veeger. Thesis title: 'Studies on the iron-sulfur clusters of hydrogenase, sulfite reductase, nitrogenase and the prismane protein'.


1982 – 1987

BSc/MSc in chemistry (cum laude). Univ. of Utrecht (the Netherlands). Organic chemistry (Synthesis of chiral cyclic bis-phosphines) with Dr. J. Boersma and Dr. P. Vermeer. Biochemistry (Ca2+-independent phospholipase A2 in rat tissues) with Prof. H. van den Bosch.




112 publications in refereed journals, 8 reviews and two book chapters.

Prof. Dr. Antonio J. Pierik

Erwin-Schrödinger Straße 54

Room 52-416A

D-67663 Kaiserslautern

Tel.: +49-(0)631-205-4953

Fax.: +49-(0)631-205-3419

email contact


Research Focus

  • Iron-sulfur proteins
  • Dehydratases
  • EPR spectroscopy
  • Bioinformatics
  • Yeast genetics
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