Intranet Fakultät für Chemie und Pharmazie

Dr. Oliver Thorn-Seshold
Chemical Biology and Pharmaceutical Chemistry


Department of Pharmacy
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Butenandtstr. 5-13
81377 München

Phone +49 (0)89 2180-77246
Room-Nr. C1.059
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Research Interests

  • Chemical Biology
  • Photopharmacology
  • Targeted Cytotoxins in Cancer Therapy

Short CV

  • Since 2018: DFG Emmy Noether independent group leader
  • Since 2016: Independent Research, LMU Munich
  • 2013-2016: Postdoctoral Research, LMU Munich (Prof. Dirk Trauner)
  • 2009-2013: PhD in Chemical Biology at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon (Prof. Jens Hasserodt)
  • 2004-2009: BSc in Organic Chemistry at the University of Sydney and MSc in Bioorganic Chemistry at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon

Key publications

  • A Sailer, et al., O Thorn-Seshold*. Hemithioindigos for cellular photopharmacology: desymmetrised molecular switch scaffolds enabling design control over the isomer-dependency of potent antimitotic bioactivity. ChemBioChem 2019, article ASAP (in press).
  • A Singh, et al. Polarized microtubule dynamics directs cell mechanics and coordinates forces during epithelial morphogenesis. Nature Cell Biology 2018, 1126.
  • J Zenker, et al. A Microtubule Organizing Center Directing Intracellular Transport in the Early Mouse Embryo. Science 2017, 925.
  • M Borowiak, et al., D Trauner*, O Thorn-Seshold*. Photoswitchable Inhibitors of Microtubule Dynamics Optically Control Mitosis and Cell Death. Cell 2015, 162, 403.
  • O Thorn-Seshold* et al. Azoaryls as Reversibly Modulatable Tubulin Inhibitors. WO2015166295, 2014.