Date of birth: 27th March 1952
Place of birth: Osterburg/Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
Position held: Managing Director of the
Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology
Am Mühlenberg 1, 14476 Golm, Germany
Main field of research: Plant Biotechnology, Systems Biology, Molecular Plant Physiology
Apr 1970 - Studies of Chemistry at the Technical University,
Jan 1975 Braunschweig ( Rating : Excellent (Mit Auszeichnung))
Apr 1977 Ph. D. (Dr. rer. nat.) Gesellschaft für Biotechnologische Forschung /Technical University Braunschweig ( Rating : Summa cum laude)
1977 - 1979 Staff Scientist at the Gesellschaft für Biotechnologische Forschung, Braunschweig, Dept. Molecular Biology
1979 - 1984 Staff Scientist at the Max-Planck-Institut for Plant Breeding, Department Jeff Schell, Köln
Dec 1983 Habilitation in Genetics at the University, Köln
Jan 1985 - Jun 1986 Leader of an Independent Research Group at
the Max-Planck-Institut for Plant Breeding, Köln
Jul 1986 Offer of the chair of Molecular Biology at the University FU Berlin, at the same time Scientific Director of the Institute of Genetic and Biological Research Ltd., Berlin
1993 Appointment as Director of the Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam-Golm and Scientific Member of the Max-Planck-Society
1995 Honorary Professor at the University Potsdam
2002-2005 Chairman of the Biology & Medical Section of the Scientific Council of the Max Planck Society
1981 Otto-Hahn-Medal of the Max-Planck-Society
1985 Dozentenpreis of the Fonds of the Chemical Industry
1994 Max-Planck-Preis of the Max-Planck-Society
1998 DECHEMA Preis of the Max Buchner Research Foundation
Membership in Academies
since 1993 Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)
since 1993 Member of Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin
since 1993 Corresponding Member of the Göttinger Akademie der Wissenschaften
since 1994 Member of the "Academia Europaea"
since 1999 Member of the "Leopoldina", Halle
since 2006 Member of the Steering committee of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Member of the Academy since 1993)
Membership of Scientific Councils and Commissions
1990 - 1994 Member of the Central Advisory Committee for Biological Safety
1993 - 2001 Member of the Scientific Commission of the Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Research, Gatersleben (President from 1996 to 2001)
1996 - 2000 Member of the Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
1996 - 1999 Member of the Technology Commission (Biotechnology) of Brandenburg
1996-2000 Chairman of the Commission „Agricultural Biotechnology" of DECHEMA
1998-2005 Member of the Scientific Council of the Robert Koch Institute, Berlin
since 2000 Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Otto Warburg Center, Rehovot, Israel (member since 1998)
2000-2002 Member of the Board of Directors of the European Plant Science Organisation EPSO
since 2002 Member of the Scientific Council of the Institute for Plant Genetics of the Polish Academy of Science, Poznan
2002-2006 Member of the John Innes Center Governing Council, Norwich, England
since 2002 Member of the Board of Trustees of the Karl-Heinz-Beckurts Foundation, München
since 2002 Member of the Scientific Council of the Institute for Plant Biochemistry, Halle, Germany
since 2004 Member of the International Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB) of the Center of Molecular Biology of Plants, Tübingen, Germany
since 2005 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Center for Transduction and Metabolomics (C-STM), Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Bejing, China
Member of different national and international advisory commissions for the evaluation of the research work (ad-hoc-commissions)
Member of the Editorial Boards of different journals
1985 - 1988 "Plant Molecular Biology"
since 1988 "Botanica Acta"
since 1990 "Mechanisms of Development"
1991 - 1995 "The Plant Journal" (Co-editor)
since 1993 "Planta"
1996- 2005 "Theoretical and Applied Genetics"
since 2001 "Plant & Cell Physiology"
since 2005 "Molecular Systems Biology"
since 2006 "Biological Chemistry"
Publications and Patents
ca. 280 publications in scientific journals and books
More than 45 patent applications originated from the institutes under my guidance
Founder of 2 plant biotech start up companies with more than 200 employees
1996 Founder of the Biotech Company "PlantTec Biotechnologie GmbH Forschung und Entwicklung", Potsdam, Germany
(now an integrated part of Bayer Crop Science)
1998 Founder of the functional genomics company "Metanomics GmbH und Co KG", Berlin, Germany ( now an integrated part of BASF Plant Sciences)