Dr. Andrea Thorn

KFS candidate 2020
AT 150 Universität Hamburg
Institut for Nanostruktur und Festkörperphysik
HARBOR, Gebäude 610
Luruper Chaussee 149
Hamburg 22761

Current research focus:   

  • Evaluation and improvement of all macromolecular molecular structures from SARS-CoV-2
  • Improvement of modeling of biological macromolecules in crystallography and cryo-EM
  • New quality indicators for single crystal diffraction data


In the KFS, I would stand up for:

  • Stronger profile of research with synchrotron radiation in the public and the scientific community
  • More creative opportunities for young scientists
  • Better networking of researchers using synchrotron radiation


Scientific career

since 2020

Junior research group leader at the University of Hamburg


Postdoc; from 2019 Junior research group leader in AG Schindelin, University of Würzburg


Postdoc, University of Hamburg


Senior Research Scientist, Diamond Lightsource


Investigator Scientist, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge


Post-doctoral research associate, University of Cambridge


Postdoc, University of Göttingen


PhD in the AG Sheldrick, University of Göttingen, Topic: “Practical approaches to macromolecular X-ray structure determination”


Study Molecular Science, University of Erlangen


Boards, grants and awards

  • Chair of the international Coronavirus Structural Task Force (2020)
  • BMBF ErUM, Project: “New Diagnostics for Macromolecular Structure Determination at Large Facilities: AUSPEX” (2019-2022)
  • DFG Aid in kind (2019-2022), Project: “Contributions to the improvement of macromolecular crystal structures”
  • Vice president Computing Interest Group of the European Crystallographic Association (seit 2018); before that Secretary (2013-2018)
  • Member of the IUCr Computing Commission (seit 2017)
  • Rising Star Award, Asian Crystallographic Association (2013)
  • Council Member of the British Crystallographic Association (2013-2016)
  • Marie-Curie IEF Fellowship (2013-1015)