|Rasmus Linser was born in Walsrode, Germany, in 1980. He studied chemistry at the University of Göttingen and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He obtained his Diploma in Chemistry in 2006, after his thesis in organic synthesis in the group of Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Lutz F. Tietze. After getting in first touch with biomolecular NMR spectroscopy in lectures held by Prof. Dr. Christian Griesinger, he pursued his PhD thesis in the group of Prof. Dr. Bernd Reif at the Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology (FMP), Berlin/Humboldt University Berlin until 2010. This work constituted the start of methods development for proton-detected solid-state NMR on proteins. After a stay at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia, as a research scientist and conjoint lecturer at the Analytical Centre and School of Chemistry, he joined the group of Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wagner at Harvard Medical School, Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, in Boston, MA, in 2011. In conjunction with the reputable Discovery Early Career Research Award of the Australian Research Council (ARC), he maintained a dual affiliation with UNSW Sydney and Harvard Medical School, further pursuing research in the group of Dr. Jacqueline Gulbis at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) Melbourne. During this period, his research was expanded by the focus on protein expression and purification, in particular of membrane proteins, and elucidation of protein structure and dynamics using solution NMR. Based on a Liebig fellowship of the Association of the Chemical Industries (VCI), and successively an Emmy Noether fellowship of the German Research Association (DFG), Rasmus Linser moved to the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen in 2014 as the group leader for solid-state NMR at the department for NMR-Based Structural Biology. From beginning of 2016, he worded as an associate professor (W2) at the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, in Munich, before taking up a position (W3, chair for biomolecular NMR spectroscopy), at the TU Dortmund. In May 2019, the group moved into the new CCB building at TU Dortmund and is now equipped with generous funds and lab space, as well as two high-field (700 and 800 MHz) Bruker spectrometers.
Rasmus Linser is interested in innovative elucidation of structure, dynamics, and function of proteins using solid-state and solution-state NMR spectroscopy, both in the context of NMR methods development as well as application to biological questions.