Short CV/Education and training

Current Position

  • Since 2013
    Director of the C. & O. Vogt Institute of Brain Research, full professor, Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf and Director of the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, INM-1, Research Centre Jülich

Previous Positions

  • 2008 – 2013
    Full professor, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, RWTH Aachen University and Director of the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, INM-1, Research Center Jülich

  • 2004 – 2008
    Professor for Structural-Functional Brain Mapping, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

  • 1999 – 2008
    Group leader “Brain Mapping”, Institute of Medicine, Research Centre Jülich

  • 1992 – 1999
    Postdoctoral fellowship, C. & O. Vogt Institute, Düsseldorf University

  • 1992
    Postdoctoral fellowship, Fraunhofer Institute Berlin, Germany

  • 1987 – 1991
    Research assistant – Research Center Dummerstorf, Germany

Academiac Education and University Degrees

  • 1999
    Habilitation in Anatomy, Düsseldorf University

  • 1987 – 1989
    PhD/MD Medicine, Int. Univ. Moscow, Russia

  • 1981 – 1987
    Study of Medicine and Biophysics, Diploma (1987), Pirogov Institute Moscow

Selected publications

  • *Gomez J, Barnett MA, Natu V, Mezer A, Palomero-Gallagher N, Weiner KS, Amunts K, Zilles K, Grill-Spector K (2016) Growth of tissue in human cortex is coupled with the development of face processing. Science, 355(6320): 68-71.

  • Amunts K, Ebell C, Muller J, Telefont M, Knoll A, Lippert T (2016) The Human Brain Project: Creating a European Research Infrastructure to Decode the Human Brain. Neuron, 92(3).574-581

  • Amunts K, Lepage C, Borgeat L, Mohlberg H, Dickscheid T, Rousseau ME, Bludau S, Bazin PL, Lewis LB, Oros-Peusquens AM, Shah NJ, Lippert T, Zilles K, Evans AC (2013) BigBrain: An ultrahigh-resolution 3D human brain model. Science 340(6139): 1472-1475

  • Zilles K, Amunts K (2013) Individual variability is not noise. Trends in Cognitive Science 17(4): 153-155

  • Amunts K, Zilles, K (2012) Architecture and organizational principles of Broca’s region. Trends in Cognitive Science, 16(8): 418-426

  • Zilles K, Amunts K (2012) Neuroscience. Segregation and wiring in the brain. Science 335(6076): 1582-1584

  • Axer M, Graessel D, Kleiner M, Dammers J, Dickscheid T, Reckford J, Hütz T, Eiben B, Pietrzyk U, Zilles K, Amunts K (2011) High-resolution fiber tract reconstruction in the human brain by means of three-dimensional polarized light imaging (3D-PLI). Frontiers in Neuroinformatics 5: 34

  • Zilles K, Amunts K (2010) Centenary of Brodmann’s map – conception and fate. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 11(2): 139-145

  • Amunts K, Lenzen M, Friederici AD, Schleicher A, Morosan P, Palomero-Gallagher N, Zilles K (2010) Broca’s region: Novel organizational principles and multiple receptor mapping. PLoS Biology 8(9) pii: e1000489


Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Management Acitivity, Advisory and Editorial Boards and Memberships (selected)

  • Co-Speaker Max Planck School of Cognition, since 2017

  • Scientific Research Director, Chair of the Scientific and Infrastructure Board (SIB), EU-funded flagship project “The Human Brain Project” (HBP), since 2016

  • Subproject leader “Human Brain Organization”, SP2, HBP, since 2013

  • Speaker of the Programme “Decoding the Human brain”, Helmholtz Association, since 2013

  • Speaker of the Helmholtz Portfolio Theme “Supercomputing and Modelling for the Human Brain”, since 2012

Additional qualifications

  • Board exam "anatomy"

    Course certificate, St. Gallen business school


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