Richard Wombacher, Dr. rer. nat.

Richard Wombacher is junior group leader at the Institute of Pharmacy and Molecular Biotechnology (IPMB) at the Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg. He graduated in chemistry at the Free University of Berlin and received Ph.D. at the Ruprecht-Karls University working in the field of RNA chemistry and RNA catalysis. After a post-doc in the laboratory of Prof. V. W. Cornish at the Columbia University in New York, he started his own research group at the Ruprecht-Karls University, working in the field of chemical biology. Since 2020 Richard Wombacher is groupleader at the department of Chemical Biology at the Max-Planck-Institute for medical research in Heidelberg. His research is focused on the development and application of chemical tools for protein modification and control of protein function.

Group members

Philipp Pöschko, M.Sc.

Project: Chemical Inducer of Proximity (CIP) for Precise Protein Manipulation

Philipp Werther studied chemistry at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg and recieved his Master’s degree in 2021. In September 2021 he started to work on his PhD-project in the Wombacher Lab.

Kristina Bayer, M.Sc.

Project: Chemical Tools to Induce and Study Protein Heterogenity in Lamellipodia Formation

Kristina Bayer studied biochemistry at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg and recieved her Master’s degree in 2021.  In March 2022 she started to work on her PhD-project in the Wombacher Lab.


Laurin Schulze-Forster, M.Sc.

Project: Inducible CAR-T-Cells

Laurin Schulze-Forster studied pharmacy at the Free-University Berlin and recieved his Master’s degree in 2021. He then joined the Matter-to-Life Programme of the Max-Planck-Society from which he recieved the Master’s degree in 2024 and started to work on his PhD-project in the Wombacher Lab.

Current Interns

Markus Heiduk

Izar Schaerf


Former members
PhD students and PostDocs

Dr. rer. nat. Philipp Werther

Dr. rer. nat. Michael Ziegler

Dr. rer. nat. Mathis Baalmann

Dr. rer. nat. Achim Wieczorek

Dr. rer. nat. Marcel Best

Master Thesis:

Alexander von Appen
Tobias Schmidt
Dirk Ollech
Sebastian Hauke
Mathis Baalmann
Philipp Werther
Hassan Derbani
Nicolai Kaltwasser
Jasper Möhler
Chris Klein
Laura Neises
Florian Kromm

Karen Nierlin

Christoph Kern

Antoni Gralak

Caroline Berrou

Philipp Pöschko

Laurin Schulze-Forster

Bachelor Thesis:

Anna Degen
Dirk Ollech
Carolin Willburger
Sebastian Hauke
Hagen Sparka
Silvan Schmitz
Tristan Griesbaum
Isabel Porth
Jonas Wilhelm
Markus Poeschl
Jonas Euchner
Stefanie Kühn
Antoni Gralak
Niklas Müller

Student internships:

Jonas Euchner
Jonas Wilhelm
Matthias Tanriver
Christoph Popp
Jasper Moehler
Stefanie Kühn
Carla Garcia Cabau
Ann-Kathrin Huber
Hassan Derbani
Stefan Feth
Lilian Leiter
Thomas Josephy
Anja Ichters
Esther Kimmle
Hannah Mayer
Mathis Baalmann
Jessica Schwab
Sebastian Grossmann
Vera Thiel
Aline Daniel
Kristina Prokesova
Anna Meinhardt
Verena Straub

Maedeh Taeb

Lea Freitag

Malte Hanne