Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2010
    Director of the European Molecular Biology Organisation, Heidelberg

  • 2004 – 2005
    Visiting researcher, Wellcome Trust Sanger Centre, Hinxton, UK

  • 2004 – 2005
    Visiting researcher, Wellcome Trust Sanger Centre, Hinxton, UK

  • 2001
    Visiting professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France

  • Since 1994
    Professor in the Institute for Genetics at the University of Cologne, Germany

  • 1989 – 1994
    Research group chair at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen, Germany

  • 1989
    Visiting researcher, University of California, San Francisco, USA

  • 1988
    Staff Scientist at the MRC LMB, Cambridge

  • 1984 – 1987
    Postdoctoral fellow at the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Biology (LMB), Cambridge, UK

  • 1983
    Completed studies at Heidelberg University, Germany

  • 1979 – 1983
    Doctoral thesis at the Institute for Immunology, Basel, Switzerland

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, since 2016

  • Elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) Council, 2009

  • Member of the advisory board of the German Society for Genetics, since 2008

  • Member of the board of trustees, Babraham Institute, Cambridge, UK, since 2006

  • Member of the council of the European Life Sciences Organisation (ELSO), since 2005

  • Head of the evaluation committee of the Institute of Zoology, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 2005

  • Board of trustees for the Max Delbrück Centre, Berlin, Germany, since 2004

  • Director’s Council, Christiane Nüsslein Volhard Foundation, since 2004

  • Member of the scientific advisory board of the Centre for Molecular Biology of Heidelberg University (ZMBH), Heidelberg, Germany, 2003 – 2008

  • Member of the EMBO Committee “Membership and publications," 2002 – 2007, as chair, 2005 – 2007

  • EMBO evaluation committee for the Hungarian Academy for Scientific Institutions, 1998

  • President of the German Society for Cellular Biology, 1996 – 1997

Additional qualifications

Peer review activities:

  • Co-editor of Mechanisms of Development and Gene Expression Patterns, since 2002

  • Member of the “Developmental Cell” advisory committee, since 2001

  • Member of the advisory committee for developmental biology, 1996 – 2001


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