Born on May 15, 1949 in Osnabrück. Study of chemistry at the University of Münster, diploma (1973), PhD with Prof. Gassen at the University of Münster (1973-1975), postdoctoral fellow with Prof. H.G. Wittmann at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin (1976-1980), head of a Max Planck junior research group, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics (1981-1988), German Habilitation in biochemistry and molecular biology at the Free University of Berlin (1982), Professor for Physiological Chemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Marburg (1988-1999), Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Honorary Professor at the University of Marburg (since 2000).
Scientific Awards, Honors and Memberships
Max Planck Research Prize (1990)
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the DFG (1996)
Feldberg Prize (2002)
Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine (2003)
Member of EMBO, German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (since 2001) and Academia Europaea (since 2002)