Short CV/Education and training

  • 1963
    Doctorate, University of Tübingen, Germany

  • 1963 – 1971
    Research associate in the Institute of Botany, Tübingen; Academic councillor in the Institute of Botany at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

  • 1972
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification), University of Tübingen, under the Chair in genetics

  • since 1978
    University Professor

  • 1986 – 1990
    Liaison professor of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes ("German National Academic Foundation")

  • 1978 – 2004
    Head of the research group "Molecular plant genetics"

  • 1990 – 2004
    Member of the Großer Senat ("large senate") and of the senate of the University of Tübingen

  • 1996 – 2000
    DFG reviewer

Selected publications

  • Molekularbiologie der Pflanzen, UTB 1533, 1990



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Molecular evolution of terrestrial and marine organisms

  • Bioethical questions on genetic and biological engineering, human genetics, epigenetics

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Chairperson of the Scientific Council of the International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW) at the University of Tübingen, since 1996

  • Peer reviewer for the German Research Foundation (DFG), 1996 – 1999

  • Member of the International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW), since 1990

  • Member of the senate at the University of Tübingen, 1990-2004

Additional qualifications

  • University professor, head of the research group: Molecular genetics in plants, 1978


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