Tara Hessa

Tara Hessa


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Works at Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Telephone 08-16 24 60
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 16
Room A 423
Postal address Institutionen för biokemi och biofysik 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Biography: I received my BS/MS in Molecular Biology at Stockholm University.  I earned my Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Stockholm University, where I worked on membrane protein biogenesis and insertion into Endoplasmic Reticulum. I joined the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, at National Institutes of Health (NIH), for postdoctoral work on membrane protein quality control and degradation. I then moved to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIHas a Research Fellow, where I worked on mitochondria quality control in the context of Parkinson’s diseases.  At present I work at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Stockholm University, as Assistant Professor.


Protein Folding, Lipid Homeostasis and Cellular Surveillance Mechanisms.

Our overall research is focused on investigating the cellular quality control mechanisms that promote correct folding and maintenance of protein function. We are particularly interested in studying the cellular and molecular aspects of protein folding/misfolding and the role of lipid in these processes in the context of neurodegeneration diseases. A better understanding of these mechanisms is essential for developing effective treatments for numerous human disorders.

Our model systems include; mammalian cell culture, mice models and cell-free systems. We use a variety of techniques such as biochemical dissection of in vitro cell free systems, molecular genetic studies in cultured cells, and cell biological methods.


Talk to us for more specific project details if you are interested in working with us as a postdoctoral fellow, PhD and Master students.

Group members

Emanuela Talamonti, Postdoc

Theresa Kriegler, PhD Student

Anastasia Magoulopoulou, PhD Student

Last updated: May 25, 2018

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