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CV– Nikolaus Pfanner

Date of birth September 10, 1956, Simmerberg, Germany
1978 – 1984 Study of Medicine, University of Munich
1984 – 1985 M.D. thesis, Institute of Physiological Chemistry, University of Munich (Prof. Walter Neupert)
1985 – 1986 Postdoc, Physiological Chemistry, University of Munich (Prof. Walter Neupert)
1987 – 1992 Junior Group Leader, Institute of Physiological Chemistry, University of Munich
Research Fellow, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University (Prof. James Rothman)
1992 – present Professor and Chair, Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Freiburg

1995 – 2006 Coordinator of Collaborative Research Center on “Cellular Functions of Dynamic Protein Interactions” (SFB 388)
1996 – 2000 Chair of Study Section of Biological Chemistry & Biophysics of German Science Foundation (DFG)
2002 – 2008 Chair of Research Board of Medical Faculty Freiburg
2008 – 2017 Council Member of University of Freiburg
2009 – 2011 President of German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM)


1985 Summa cum laude, University of Munich
1991 Research Award of University of Munich
1999 – present

four times Best Lecturer, teaching evaluation of the Medical Faculty Freiburg
(Preclinical Lecturers & Study Course Molecular Medicine)
2002 Max Planck Research Award
2004 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize
2007 Research Award of German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
2008 Research Award of the State of Baden-Württemberg
2011 Hector Science Award
2014 Wilhelm Feldberg Prize, U.K.
Stein and Moore Award of the Protein Society, USA
2015 Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande)
Otto Warburg Medal
2018 Reinhart Koselleck Grant of German Science Foundation
2019 Honorary doctorate, Faculty of Medicine, University of Bochum
2020 – Distinguished Guest Professor, Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan
Elected Member
1994 –
European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO)
2000 – German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
2004 – Academy of Sciences Heidelberg
2005 – Academia Europaea