Short CV/Education and training

  • 1972 – 1978
    Studied biology at the University of Würzburg, Germany (focus on: microbiology, biochemistry, plant physiology, physics)

  • 1981

  • 1981 – 1985
    Postdoc, UC San Francisco, CA, USA

  • 1985 – 1994
    Head of a research group at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany

  • 1988 – 1994
    Private lecturer in microbiology, LMU Munich, Germany

  • Since 1994
    Professor of microbiology at the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany

Selected publications

  • Pfeifer, F.: A bZIP protein from halophilic archaea: structural features, dimer formation and DNA binding of cGvpE from Halobacterium salinarum. In: Mol Microbiol 45, 2002. pp. 511-520.

  • Pfeifer, F.: Regulation of gas vesicle formation in Haloferax mediterranei: the two regulatory proteins GvpD and GvpE interact. In: Mol Microbiol 49, 2003. pp. 783-794.

  • Pfeifer, F.: In vivo studies on putative Shine-Dalgarno sequences of the halophilic archaeon Halobacterium salinarum. In: Mol Microbiol 51, 2004. pp. 579-588.

  • Pfeifer, F.: In vivo analysis of constitutive and regulated promoters of halophilic archaea. In: Microbiol 151, 2005. pp. 25-33.

  • Pfeifer, F.: Glucose inhibits the formation of gas vesicles in Haloferax volcanii transformants. In: Environ Microbiol 10(1), 2008. pp. 20-30.

  • Pfeifer, F.: Overlapping activator sequences determined for two oppositely oriented promoters in halophilic Archaea. In: Nucleic Acids Res 36(2), 2008. pp. 598-606.

  • Pfeifer, F.: Anaerobiosis inhibits gas vesicle formation in halophilic Archaea. In: Mol Microbiol 71(1), 2009. pp. 132-145.

Selected projects

  • Genome organisation in Haloarchaea

  • Gene regulation and signal transduction

  • Gas vesicle formation and movement

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Advisory board of the Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM)

  • Chairperson of the dissertation award committee, VAAM

  • Advisory board of "Friends of TU Darmstadt"

  • Board of trustees of the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg, Germany

  • Board of trustees of the newspaper Biologie in unserer Zeit ("Biology in our time"), Wiley

  • Board member of VBIO – German Life Sciences Association, regional group Hesse

Additional qualifications

  • Dean for the Department of Biology, 2009 – 2011

  • Peer reviewer for the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2000 – 2008

  • Dean for the Department of Biology, 1998 – 1999

  • Member of CIAR (Canadian Institute of Advanced Research), 1989 – 1997


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