Short CV/Education and training

  • 1965 – 1970
    Studied biology at the University of Göttingen, Germany

  • 1970 – 1974
    Research assistant at the Institute for Microbiology, Göttingen

  • 1975 – 1976
    Postdoc at MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA

  • 1977 – 1984
    Research assistant at the Institute for Microbiology, Göttingen

  • 1985 – 1994
    C4 professor of microbiology at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Germany

  • Since 1994
    Professor of microbiology at the Humboldt University of Berlin

Selected publications

  • Lenz, O. et al.: H2 conversion in the presence of O2 as performed by the membrane-bound [NiFe]-hydrogenase of Ralstonia eutropha. In: Chem Phys Chem. 11, 2010. S. 1107 – 1119.

  • Schwartz, E. et al.: A proteomic view of the facultatively chemolithoautotrophic lifestyle of Ralstonia eutropha H16. In: Proteomics 9, 2009. S. 5132 – 5142.

  • Cracknell, J.A. et al.: A kinetic and thermodynamic understanding of O2 tolerance in [NiFe]-Hydrogenases. In: Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 106, 2009. S. 20681 – 20686.

  • Ludwig, M. et al.: Concerted action of two novel auxiliary proteins in assembly of the active site in a membrane-bound [NiFe]-hydrogenase. In: J Biol Chem. 284, 2009. S. 2159 – 2168.

  • Schubert, T. et al.: Chaperones specific for the membrane-bound [NiFe]-hydrogenase interact with the Tat signal peptide of the small subunit precursor in Ralstonia eutropha H16. In: Mol Microbiol. 66, 2007. S. 453 – 467.

  • Pohlmann, A. et al.: Genome sequence of the bioplastic-producing "Knallgas" bacterium Ralstonia eutropha H16. In: Nat Biotechnol. 24, 2006. S. 1257 – 1262.

  • Vincent, K.A. et a.: Electrocatalytic hydrogen oxidation by an enzyme at high carbon monoxide or oxygen levels. In: Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 102, 2005. S. 16951 – 16954.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Joint Project on Genomic Transfer: Autotrophic Production in Ralstonia eutropha, 2009 – 2013

  • German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) design cells: Design of natural and biomimetic systems for light-driven H2 production from molecular to mass fermentation systems, 2009 – 2012

  • Excellence Initiative: E-Cluster Unifying Concepts of Catalysis (UNICAT), 2007 – 2012

  • BMBF GenoMik+: Joint Project G+: "Metabolic Engineering" of the oxyhydrogen bacterium Ralstonia eutropha H16. Hydrogen-based production of biomolecules, 2006 – 2009

  • BMBF biohydrogen production: Principles for a biotechnological and biomimetic approach to hydrogen production, 2005 – 2008

  • Collaborative Research Centre SFB 498: Protein co-factor interactions in biological processes: Bacterial (NiFe)-hydrogenases: key reactions of the biological activation of molecular hydrogen, 2000 – 2009

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Commission for the Polish–German Scientific Award Copernicus, since 2009

  • Director of the Alfried Krupp Science Academy in Greifswald, Germany, since 2008

  • Joint committee of the Sino–German Centre for Research Promotion, 2007 – 2010

  • Vice president of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, since 2005

  • Nomination committee of the Leibniz Program, German Research Foundation (DFG), 2003 – 2009

  • Member of the commission of inquiry, “Ethics and Law in Modern Medicine" of the German Parliament, 2003 – 2005

  • Board member of the Society of German Natural Researchers and Physicians (GDNÄ), 2001 – 2004

  • Vice president of the German Research Foundation (DFG), 1997 – 2003

  • Member of the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat), 1997 – 1999

  • Subject matter expert for the German Research Foundation (DFG), 1991 – 1997

  • Vice president of the Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM), 1985 – 1989


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