Participation in the Cluster of Excellence

CiM Group Leader

  • Research Area A.3: Functional membrane domains in neuronal and non-neuronal compartmentalization
  • Research Area A.6: Motion Analysis in Cellular Systems
  • Project FF-2016-17: Mechanisms of human sperm rheotaxis (Timo Strünker, Carsten Fallnich, project time: 07/2016 - 10/2018)
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“I want to find out how sperm locate the egg”

After working in the pharmaceuticals industry for a few years, Prof. Timo Strünker opted for science in the academic world. He is now undertaking research into the navigation skills of sperms – and he knows that we humans have a lot in common with sea urchins. Read the interview

CiM Papers


Brenker C, Rehfeld A, Schiffer C, Kierzek M, Kaupp UB, Skakkebaek NE, Strunker T. Synergistic activation of CatSper Ca2+ channels in human sperm by oviductal ligands and endocrine disrupting chemicals. Hum Reprod 2018;33: 1915-1923. Abstract
Brenker C, Schiffer C, Wagner IV, Tuttelmann F, Ropke A, Rennhack A, Kaupp UB, Strünker T. Action of steroids and plant triterpenoids on CatSper Ca(2+) channels in human sperm. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2018;115: E344-E346. Abstract
Rennhack A, Schiffer C, Brenker C, Fridman D, Nitao ET, Cheng Y-M, Tamburrino L, Balbach M, Stolting G, Berger TK, Kierzek M, Alvarez L, Wachten D, Zeng X-H, Baldi E, Publicover SJ, Benjamin Kaupp U, Strunker T. A novel cross-species inhibitor to study the function of CatSper Ca(2+) channels in sperm. Br J Pharmacol 2018;175: 3144-3161. Abstract