Short CV/Education and training

  • 1985 – 1991
    Studied physics at the University of Hamburg, Germany, Diplom degree in physics

  • 1996
    PhD in physics, University of Hamburg

  • 2002
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in biochemistry, University of Hamburg

Selected publications

  • Willumeit, R. et al.: In situ structure determination of the protein L2 in the 50S subunit and the 70S E. coli ribosome. In: J. Mol. Biol. 305(1), 2001. S. 167-177.

  • Willumeit, R. et al.: Biological Multi-layer Systems as Implant Surface Modification. In: Mat.-wiss. u. Werkstofftech. 34(12), 2003. S. 1084-1093.

  • Willumeit, R. et al.: Structural Rearrangement as Reason for Bacterial Membrane Destruction by the Peptide Antibiotic NK? In: BBA 1669, 2005. S. 125-134.

  • Willumeit, R. et al.: Phospholipids as implant coatings. In: J Mater Sci. Mater Med 18, 2007. S. 367-380.

  • Willumeit, R. et al.: In-vitro Interactions of Human Chondrocytes and Mesenchymal Stem Cells, and of Mouse Macrophages with Phospholipid-Covered Metallic Implant Materials. In: Euro Cells Mat J 13, 2007. S. 11-25.

  • Avdeev, M. et al.: Aggregate Structure in Concentrated Liquid Dispersions of ultrananocrystalline Diamond by Small-Angle Neutron Scattering. In: J. Phys. Chem. C 113, 2009. S. 9473-9479.

  • Pimthon, J. et al.: Membrane association and selectivity of the antimicrobial peptide NK-2: a molecular dynamics simulation study. In: J. Pept. Sci. 15, 2009. S. 654-667.

  • Feyerabend, F. et al.: Evaluation of short term effects of rare earth and other elements used in magnesium alloys on primary cells and cell lines. In: Acta Biomater. 6(5), 2010. S. 1834-1842.

Selected projects

  • Structural aspects of biocompatible ferrofluids by scattering methods: stabilization, properties control and applications. Helmholtz-Russian Joint Research Group. Applicants: M. Avdeev and R. Willumeit, 2007 – 2011

  • Coordination of the Marie Curie BIOCONTROL training network consisting of 16 partners. Applicant and coordinator: R. Willumeit, 2006 – 2010

  • Structure-forming copolymers for primary and secondary furnishing of surfaces with functional and switchable properties (EASYCARE), BMBF. Coordination: M.S. Schiedel, Henkel, 2006 – 2008

  • Development of antibacterial peptides based on NK-2, German-Israeli Foundation. Applicant: N. Ben-Tal und R. Willumeit, 2006 – 2007

  • Regeneration of bone by means of permanent and transient implants for the "Regenerative Medizin" funding competition of the German Federal State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and the HGF (Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres). Subdomain coordinator: R. Willumeit, 2005 – 2008

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Peer-review activities – Germany:

  • German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) – Collaboration funding

  • Helmholtz Association

  • Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS)


  • Institut Laue Langevin (ILL)

United Kingdom:

  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

  • Scottish Hospital Endowments Research Trust (SHERT)


  • Israel Science Foundation (ISF)


  • Acta Biomaterialia

  • BBA – Biomembranes

  • Biomacromolecules

  • European Biophysics Journal

  • Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery

  • Journal of Applied Crystallography

  • Journal of Microscopy

  • Journal of Peptide Science

  • Journal of the Royal Society Interface

  • Langmuir

  • Materials Science and Engineering C

Additional qualifications

  • Appointed professor at the University of Hamburg, Germany, 2009

  • Conferment of the venia legendi (authorisation to teach) in biochemistry, University of Hamburg, 2003

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Personnel development, employee management, public speaking


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