Short CV/Education and training

  • 1982
    Abitur at Albert Einstein Gymnasium (grammar school), Reutlingen, Germany

  • 1982 – 1983
    Internship at Kibbutz Ginosar, Israel

  • 1983 – 1984
    Studies of Latin and Greek philology at the University of Tübingen, Germany

  • 1984 – 1985
    Internship at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany, and Finca Niquiamo, La Palma, Spain

  • 1985 – 1988
    Studies of general agriculture, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart

  • 1988 – 1990
    Graduate studies, Dept. of Crop Science, Oregon State University, USA

  • 1989 – 1990
    Lecturer in the Dept. of Crop Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA

  • 1990
    Master of Science, Oregon State University (Gametophytic selection in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.))

  • 1990 – 1993
    Research assistant at the Institute of Plant Breeding, Seed Science and Population Genetics, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart

  • 1993 – 1996
    Research associate at KWS SAAT AG, coordinator of new technologies for maize and rapeseed, Einbeck, Germany

  • 1996 – 2007
    Scientific and administrative director of the State Plant Breeding Institute, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart

  • 2006
    Visiting researcher at the Molecular Plant Breeding CRC, University of Adelaide, Australia

  • Since 2007
    Chair of plant breeding at the Center of Life and Food Sciences Weihenstephan, Technische Universität München, Freising, Germany

  • 2009
    Offer of a professorship at BOKU Vienna, Austria, declined

  • 2015
    Offer of a professorship at Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, declined

Selected publications

  • Lehermeier C, Krämer N, Bauer E, Bauland C, Camisan C, Campo L, Flament P, Melchinger AE, Menz M, Meyer N, Moreau L, Moreno-Gonzáles J, Ouzunova M, Pausch H, Ranc N, Schipprack W, Schönleben M, Walter H, Charcosset A, Schön CC: “Usefulness of multiparental populations of maize (Zea mays L.) for genome-based prediction“. Genetics. 2014; 198: 3-16.

  • Bauer E, Falque M, Walter H, Bauland C, Camisan C, Campo L, Meyer N, Ranc N, Rincent R, Schipprack W, Altmann T, Flament P, Melchinger AE, Menz M, Moreno-González J, Ouzunova M, Revilla P, Charcosset A, Martin OC, Schön CC: “Intraspecific variation of recombination rate in maize". Genome Biology. 2013; 14: R103.

  • Wimmer V, Lehermeier C, Albrecht T, Auinger HJ, Wang Y, Schön CC: “Genome-wide prediction of traits with different genetic architecture through efficient variable selection“. Genetics. 2013; 195: 573-587.

  • Schön, CC, Dhillon BS, Utz HF, Melchinger AE: “High congruency of QTL positions for heterosis of grain yield in three crosses of maize”. Theor. Appl. Genet. 2010; 120: 321-332.

  • Schön CC, Utz HF, Groh S, Truberg B, Openshaw S, Melchinger AE: “Quantitative trait locus mapping based on resampling in a vast maize testcross experiment and its relevance to quantitative genetics for complex traits”. Genetics. 2004; 167: 485-498.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • MAZE – Accessing the genomic and functional diversity of maize to improve quantitative traits

  • BayKlimaFit – Strategies for the adaptation of crop plants to climate change

  • FullThrottle – Maximizing photosynthetic efficiency in maize

  • Functional characterization of candidate genes significantly associated with carbon isotope discrimination in maize (SFB924)

  • InnoSun – Using new innovative breeding approaches in sunflower to increase oil yield, oleic acid content and disease resistance

  • Innovation cluster: synergistic plant and animal breeding (SYNBREED)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

  • Member of German Research Foundation (DFG) senate

  • Member of the scientific advisory boards for the Max-Planck-Institut für Züchtungsforschung, the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Cultivated Plant Research (IPK) (2010 – 2017), the Julius Kühn Institute (JKI) (2009 – 2017), the excellence cluster "Amaizing", the INRA metaprogram SelGen, GENSAP – Center for genomic selection in animals and plants, the NSF Plant Genome Initiative "Biology of rare alleles in maize and its wild relatives" and the global Open-Source Breeding Informatics Initiative GOBII

  • Member of the editorial board of Theoretical and Applied Genetics and BMC Plant Biology

  • Peer reviewer for national and international funding programmes, e.g. German Research Foundation (DFG); German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF); German Federal Ministry of Nutrition, Agriculture and Consumer Protection; German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation; Leibniz Society, Alexander von Humboldt-foundation, European Research Council (ERC), National Science Foundation (NSF), L'Agence nationale de la Recherche (ANR), Wiener Wissenschafts-, Forschungs- und TEchnologiefonds (WWTF), Generation Challenge Programme)

  • Peer reviewer for scientific journals (e.g. Genetics, Theoretical and Applied Genetics, Plant Breeding, Euphytica)

  • Visiting lecturer at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza, Spain

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