Jochen Rink is a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany, where he leads the Department of Tissue Dynamics and Regeneration.
Jochen Rink graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2000. In 2005, he obtained his Ph.D. from the Technical University of Dresden, Germany, for the establishment of molecular cargo transfer mechanisms between intra-cellular membrane compartments together with Prof. Marino Zerial at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology. He then carried out postdoctoral research with Prof. Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado at the University of Utah, USA, where he studied the molecular orchestration of planarian regeneration. In 2010, Jochen Rink was awarded a Max Planck Free Floater position and established his research group at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden in 2011. His group established the dual role of planarian Wnt-signaling alterations as cause and cure of species-specific regeneration defects in planarians and published the reference genome assembly of the planarian model species Schmidtea mediterranea. In 2019, Jochen Rink was appointed to his current position at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry. Jochen Rink is the recipient of an ERC consolidator grant, he is a member of the EMBO Young Investigator Program and received a research award of the Behrens-Weise foundation.