After receiving a PhD in cell biology, Stefan Linder worked at the Ludwig Maximilians-University in Munich as a postdoc and later as a group leader, before moving to the University Medical Center Eppendorf, Hamburg, as a professor for cellular microbiology.
His lab works on the cytoskeletal regulation of primary human cells, especially of macrophages and endothelial cells, with a focus on actin- and tubulin-related regulation of cell adhesion, intracellular trafficking, invasion and phagocytosis. His primary passion, however, are podosomes.
He is a founding member and co-president of the Invadosome Consortium (www.invadosomes.org), an international group of labs interested in the mechanisms of cell invasion, and served as a coordinator of the invadosome-oriented “Tissue Transmigration Training Network” (T3Net), which was funded by the European Union's FP7 program from 2009 to 2013. He is an editorial board member of Faculty of 1000/Biology/Cytoskeleton and Faculty of 1000/Research, and an editor for European Journal of Cell Biology since 2009. He has seen several million podosomes in his career and expects to see a couple more.