Dr Christoph Nitsche

PhD (Heidelberg, Germany)
Postdoctoral Fellow

Christoph studied chemistry and business administration. He obtained his PhD in medicinal chemistry on the development of anti-infectives against dengue virus in 2014, for which he received the PhD prize of the German Chemical Society. He had held a position at Heidelberg University before he moved to the ANU as a Feodor Lynen Fellow (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation). Currently, he is working in the biomolecular NMR laboratory of Professor Gottfried Otting on novel methods for drug discovery and chemical biology. He is particularly interested in covalent-reversible protein modification using the unique binding characteristics of underexplored chemical elements.


Nitsche, C., Otting, G., NMR Studies of Ligand Binding, Curr. Opin. Struct. Biol. 2018, 48, 16-22.

Nitsche, C., Otting, G., Intrinsic and Extrinsic Paramagnetic Probes, in Paramagnetism in Experimental Biomolecular NMR, Luchinat, C., Parigi, G., Ravera, E. (Eds.), Royal Society of Chemistry, 2018, in press.

Nitsche, C., Strategies Towards Protease Inhibitors for Emerging Flaviviruses, in Dengue and Zika, Hilgenfeld, R., Vasudevan, S. (Eds.), Springer International Publishing, 2018, in press.

Nitsche, C., Mahawaththa, M. C., Becker, W., Huber, T., Otting, G., Site-Selective Tagging of Proteins by Pnictogen-Mediated Self-Assembly, Chem. Commun. 2017, 53 (79), 10894-10897.

Mahawaththa, M. C., Pearce, B. J. G., Graham, B., Klein, C. D., Nitsche, C., Otting, G., Solution Conformations of a Linked Construct of the Zika Virus NS2B-NS3 Protease, Antiviral Res. 2017, 142, 141-147.

Nitsche, C., Zhang, L., Weigel, L., Schilz, J., Graf, D., Bartenschlager, R., Hilgenfeld, R., Klein, C. D., Peptide-Boronic Acid Inhibitors of Flaviviral Proteases: Medicinal Chemistry and Structural Biology, J. Med. Chem. 2017, 60 (1), 511-516.

Nitsche, C., Otting, G., Pseudocontact Shifts in Biomolecular NMR Using Paramagnetic Metal Tags, Prog. NMR Spectrosc. 2017, 98-99, 20-49.

Lei, J., Hansen, G., Nitsche, C., Klein, C. D., Zhang, L., Hilgenfeld, R., Crystal Structure of Zika Virus NS2B-NS3 Protease in Complex with a Boronate Inhibitor, Science 2016, 353 (6298), 503-505.

Chen, W.-N., Nitsche, C., Pilla, K. B., Graham, B., Huber, T., Klein, C. D., Otting, G., Sensitive NMR Approach for Determining the Binding Mode of Tightly Binding Ligand Molecules to Protein Targets, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138 (13), 4539-4546.

Behnam, M. A. M., Nitsche, C., Boldescu, V., Klein, C. D., The Medicinal Chemistry of Dengue Virus, J. Med. Chem. 2016, 59 (12), 5622-5649.

Nitsche, C., Green Chemistry Strategies for Drug Discovery. Edited by Emily A. Peterson and Julie B. Manley, ChemMedChem 2015, 10 (11), 1932-1933.

Weigel, L. F., Nitsche, C., Graf, D., Bartenschlager, R., Klein, C. D., Phenylalanine and Phenylglycine Analogs as Arginine Mimetics in Dengue Protease Inhibitors, J. Med. Chem. 2015, 58 (19), 7719-7733.

Bastos Lima, A., Behnam, M. A. M., El Sherif, Y., Nitsche, C., Vechi, S. M., Klein, C. D., Dual Inhibitors of the Dengue and West Nile Virus NS2B-NS3 Proteases: Synthesis, Biological Evaluation and Docking Studies of Novel Peptide-Hybrids, Bioorg. Med. Chem. 2015, 23 (17), 5748-5755.

Sczepek, R., Nitsche, C., Heller, L., Siewert, B., Schäfer, R., Flemming, F., Otgonbayar, C., Csuk, R., Synthesis and Cytotoxic Properties of Alkynic Triterpenoid Mannich Compounds, Mediterr. J. Chem. 2015, 4 (3), 126-137.

Nitsche, C., Holloway, S., Schirmeister, T., Klein, C. D., Biochemistry and Medicinal Chemistry of the Dengue Virus Protease, Chem. Rev. 2014, 114 (22), 11348-11381.

Jöst, C., Nitsche, C., Scholz, T., Roux, L., Klein, C. D., Promiscuity and Selectivity in Covalent Enzyme Inhibition: A Systematic Study of Electrophilic Fragments, J. Med. Chem. 2014, 57 (18), 7590-7599.

Behnam, M. A. M., Nitsche, C., Vechi, S. M., Klein, C. D., C-Terminal Residue Optimization and Fragment Merging: Discovery of a Potent Peptide-Hybrid Inhibitor of Dengue Protease, ACS Med. Chem. Lett. 2014, 5 (9), 1037-1042.

Chen, W.-N., Loscha, K. V., Nitsche, C., Graham, B., Otting, G., The Dengue Virus NS2B-NS3 Protease Retains the Closed Conformation in the Complex with BPTI, FEBS Lett. 2014, 588 (14), 2206-2211.

Nitsche, C., Schreier, V. N., Behnam, M. A. M., Kumar, A., Bartenschlager, R., Klein, C. D., Thiazolidinone-Peptide Hybrids as Dengue Virus Protease Inhibitors with Antiviral Activity in Cell Culture, J. Med. Chem. 2013, 56 (21), 8389-8403.

Nitsche, C., Klein, C. D., Fluorimetric and HPLC-Based Dengue Virus Protease Assays Using a FRET Substrate, in Antiviral Methods and Protocols (2nd edition), E. Y. Gong (Ed.), Methods in Molecular Biology, Vol. 1030, Humana press, 2013, 221-236.

Csuk, R., Nitsche, C., Sczepek, R., Schwarz, S., Siewert, B., Synthesis of Antitumor-Active Betulinic Acid-Derived Hydroxypropargylamines by Copper-Catalyzed Mannich Reactions, Arch. Pharm. Chem. Life Sci. 2013, 346 (3), 232-246.

Csuk, R., Sczepek, R., Siewert, B., Nitsche, C., Cytotoxic Betulin-Derived Hydroxypropargylamines Trigger Apoptosis, Bioorg. Med. Chem. 2013, 21 (2), 425-435.

Nitsche, C., Klein, C. D., Aqueous Microwave-Assisted One-Pot Synthesis of N-Substituted Rhodanines, Tetrahedron Lett. 2012, 53 (39), 5197-5201.

Csuk, R., Stark, S., Nitsche, C., Barthel, A., Siewert, B., Alkylidene Branched Lupane Derivatives: Synthesis and Antitumor Activity, Eur. J. Med. Chem. 2012, 53, 337-345.

Nitsche, C., Behnam, M. A. M., Steuer, C., Klein, C. D., Retro Peptide-Hybrids as Selective Inhibitors of the Dengue Virus NS2B-NS3 Protease, Antiviral Res. 2012, 94 (1), 72-79.

Nitsche, C., Steuer, C., Klein, C. D., Arylcyanoacrylamides as Inhibitors of the Dengue and West Nile Virus Proteases, Bioorg. Med. Chem. 2011, 19 (24), 7318-7337.

Henze, M., Kreye, O., Brauch, S., Nitsche, C., Naumann, K., Wessjohann, L. A., Westermann, B., Photoaffinity-Labeled Peptoids and Depsipeptides by Multicomponent Reactions, Synthesis 2010, 17, 2997-3003.