Moritz Treeck: Biography

Moritz was born in the rainy city of Hamburg in northern Germany and I almost ended up as a lawyer. He prepared two applications, one for law and one for biology and inserted one application blind-folded into the post-box. Law was still in my hands and he is thankful for this until the very day.

Throughout his academic career he was interested in parasites and he has tried to attract as many as possible during his travels to Central America and South-East Asia. However- it was not until he met his future PhD advisor Tim Gilberger during a semester in Melbourne, Australia, where he got hooked working with malaria.

He then spend his PhD thesis at the Bernhard-Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg, Germany, studying protein trafficking and invasion of red blood cells by the malaria parasite. After that he spun the globe and looked for places where good weather and outstanding science would meet. He moved to John Boothroyd's lab in Stanford, California to learn as much as he could about another really interesting parasite, Toxoplasma gondii.

During that time he also got closely engaged with the laboratory of Josh Elias where he learned as much about quantitative mass-spectrometry as possible. After 4 years he has realized that spending too much time in California's coastal waters is even wetter than northern Europe, and thought that going back would not be such a bad move.

He moved to the NIMR in February 2014 and is very happy about that decision. In April 2015 the NIMR officially became the Francis Crick Institute, joining forces with the London Research Institute, Clare Hall Laboratories and the 3 London University Partners (UCL, Kings College, Imperial College). The Crick is a fantastic place to do science in a collaborative and enjoyable way. The vicinity of several major research institutes and large universities produce a vibrant scientific community to work in. 

Moritz Treeck
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  • Qualifications and history
  • 2009 PhD Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine Hamburg, University of Hamburg, Germany
  • 2009- 2013 Postdoctoral fellow, Stanford University, Stanford, USA
  • 2014 Group Leader, Medical Research Council National Institute for Medical Research, London, UK
  • 2015 Group Leader, the Francis Crick Institute, London, UK