Débora Broch Trentini Schmidt: Curriculum Vitae

Professional experience

  • 05/2020 – present Group Leader, assoc. Junior Research Group V “Protein quality control and stress response” at the Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne (CMMC)
  • Associated Principal Investigator, Cluster of Excellence - Cellular Stress Responses in Aging-Associated Diseases (CECAD)
  • 04/2016 – 04/2020 Postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Cellular Biochemistry department, research group of Dr. F. Ulrich Hartl.
  • 05/2014 – 12/2015 Postdoc at the Institute for Molecular Pathology (IMP) Vienna, research group of Dr. Tim Clausen.


  • 05/2010 – 05/2014 PhD studies at the Institute for Molecular Pathology (IMP) Vienna, under supervision of Dr. Tim Clausen and in close collaboration with the Protein Chemistry Facility, headed by Karl Mechtler. PhD thesis: “New methods for the mass spectrometry analysis of protein arginine phosphorylation reveal the role of the McsB kinase in bacterial stress response”.
  • 2008 – 2010 Master studies at the Biotechnology Center of Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, under supervision of Dr. Irene Schrank. Master thesis: “Identification of the cellular targets of the PII signal transduction proteins of the free-living diazotroph Azospirillum amazonense”.
  • 2004 – 2007 Graduate studies in Biomedicine at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. Bachelor thesis: “Isolation and analysis of the glnB gene of Azospirillum amazonense”, under supervision of Dr. Irene Schrank.

Fellowships and Awards

  • 2023 Research Prize, Peter und Traudl Engelhorn Foundation
  • 2020 Junior Scientists' Publication Award 2020, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry
  • 2019 Poster Prize, EMBO Protein quality control: From mechanisms to disease
  • 2017 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, European Commission
  • 2012 Poster Prize, EMBO Chemical Biology Conference
  • 2009 Distinguished publication – Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Program - UFRGS
  • 2008 Master Fellowship, CAPES
  • 2007 Academic Laurea, Biomedicine course at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
Débora B. Trentini Schmidt

Débora B. Trentini Schmidt

Group Leader

To discover new processes and mechanisms amidst the huge complexity of the cell always brings me wonder. I am thrilled at the opportunity to take part in the collective effort to solve this puzzle.