Short CV/Education and training

  • 1962 – 1968
    Studied physics

  • 1968 – 1969
    Fellowship from the Academic Foundation, Berkeley, CA, USA

  • 1969 – 1971
    Doctorate at the Max Planck Institute, Tübingen, Germany

  • 1972 – 1975
    Postdoc at the Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany

  • 1975 – 1976
    University of Giessen, Germany, and Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification)

  • 1976 – 1981
    Head of Independent Research Group at the Max Planck Institute, Berlin

  • 1981 – 1983
    Heisenberg Fellow

  • 1983 – 1993
    C3 professor at the Max Planck Institute, Berlin

  • 1993 – 2008
    Professor and Director of the Institute for Medical Virology, University of Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2009 – 2010
    Fellow at the Berlin Science Academy

  • 2008 – 2011
    Group leader at the University of Zurich and the Max Planck Institute in Berlin

Selected publications

  • 250 peer-reviewed papers, 4 x Nature (RNase H, Myc, Raf (1972, 1982, 1984, 1999)), Invited Editorials (2 x Nature), 1 x Cell (Myb (1995)), 2 x PNAS (1983, 1995), 2 x Nature Biotech (PDZ proteins (1998), HIV RNase H (2007)), 9 x EMBO J (1982, 1984, 1988, 1988, 1988, 1994, 2007), 2 x J Mol Biol (1991, 1994), 2 x Science (Akt-Raf cross-talk (both in 1999)), 4 x JBC, 5 x J Mol Medicine, J Gene Therapy, EMBO Rep (2006), Antivirals (10 papers 2009), 100 Dipl./PhD

Selected projects

  • Viruses and cancer, oncogenes (Raf-Kinase Myc, Myb), signal transduction, gene therapy, transcription, regulation, antivirals, drug-design vaccines against viruses and cancer, HIV/AIDS, replication (RNAse H)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Heisenberg Commission

  • Technology and Innovation Council Berlin

  • Oversight of Schrödinger Prize of the Helmholtz Society

  • Head of Erwin Schrödinger Prize Committee for Interdisciplinary Research from the Helmholtz Foundation, Germany

  • Member of the Biotechnology Council of German Government and City of Berlin

  • Reviewer of papers published in over fifteen journals

  • Scientific advisory board of the Berlin Scientific Society

  • Scientific advisory board of AIDS Society, Switzerland

  • Co-editor of Intervirology Journal, Karger Press

Media coverage

  • DVD: Great Moments DRS (Swiss TV for the German and Rhaeto-Romanic-speaking regions) with Dr Bischofsberger as moderator

  • DVD: (dctp) with Dr Alexander Kluge as interviewer: Superpower of Viruses

  • CD: The Life of Viruses, Suppose Co

  • Driving HIV to suicide (Der Spiegel, 2007)

Additional qualifications

  • Prof. honoris causa, Charité, Berlin, 2005

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Founder of biotech companies


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