Prof. Dr. Francesca Bottanelli

Francesca Bottanelli

Institut für Chemie und Biochemie  
Freie Universität Berlin  
Thielallee 63  
14195 Berlin, Germany  
Tel. +49 30 838 65860  

Research Area

Cell Biology, super-resolution imaging

Position and Status

Junior professor, Freie Universität Berlin (Biochemie)

Scholarships and awards

2012-2014  American-Italian Cancer Foundation post-doctoral fellowship  
2006-2010  Leeds university international research PhD scholarship  

Academic Education

10/2006 – 03/2011 PhD thesis in Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, The University of Leeds (UK). Supervisor: Dr. J. Denecke.  
10/2004 - 09/2005 MSc thesis work a the the University of Leeds (UK). Supervisor: Dr. J. Denecke.  
01/2004 – 04/2004 BSc thesis work at the University of Milan (IT). Supervisor: Dr. Gabriella Consonni.


University Degrees

2011 PhD in Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, The University of Leeds (UK)  
2006 MSc in Plant, Food and Environmental Biotechnology, University of Milan (IT)  
2004 BSc in Plant Biotechnology, University of Milan (IT)



09/2018- Junior professor, Freie Universitä Berlin, Institut für Chemie und Biochemie, Biochemie.  
04/2011 – 06/2018 Post-doctoral fellow, Yale University School of Medicine. Cell Biology department (USA). Advisor: Dr. J. Rothman.


For a full list of publications:

  1. Ernst, A. M., Syed, S. A., Zaki, O., Bottanelli, F., Zheng, H., Hacke, M., Xi, Z., Rivera-Molina, F., Graham, M., Rebane, A. A., Björkholm, P., Toomre, D., Baddeley, D., Pincet, F. and Rothman J.E. (2018) S-Palmitoylation Sorts Membrane Cargo for Anterograde Transport in the cis-Golgi.Dev. Cell.19;47(4):479-493.e7

  2. Bottanelli, F., and Schroeder, L.K. (2018) Stimulated Emission Depletion (STED) imaging of clathrin-mediated endocytosis in living cells. Methods Mol Biol.2018;1847:189-195. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-8719-1_14

  3. Bottanelli, F., Kilian N., Ernst, A.M., Rivera-Molina, F., Schroeder, L.K., Kromann, E.B., Lessard, M.D., Erdmann, R.S., Schepartz, A., Baddeley, D., Bewersdorf, J. , Toomre, D. and  Rothman J.E. (2017) A novel physiological role for ARF1 in the formation of bi-directional tubules from the Golgi. Molecular biology of the cell. doi:10.1091/mbc.E16-12-0863

  4. Dancourt, J., Zheng, H., Bottanelli, F., Allgeyer E., Bewesdorf, J., Graham, M., Liu, X., Rothman, J.E.,and Lavieu G. (2016) Small Cargoes Pass Through Synthetically Glued Golgi Stacks.FEBS Lett.doi: 10.1002/1873-3468.12210

  5. Bottanelli, F.#, Kromann., E.B.#, Allgeyer E.S., Erdmann, R.S., Baguley, S.W., Sirinakis, G., Schepartz, A., Baddeley, D., Toomre, D.K., RothmanJ.E., and Bewersdorf, J. (2016). Two-color live-cell nanoscale imaging of intracellular targets. Nature Communications. 7, 10778. doi:10.1038/ncomms10778

  6. Lavieu, G., Dunlop, M.H., Lerich, A., Zheng, H., Bottanelli, F., and Rothman, J.E.(2014). The Golgi ribbon structure facilitates anterograde transport of large cargoes. Molecular biology of the cell 25, 3028-3036.