Peter B. Becker - Curriculum vitae#


Born September 12, 1958 in Frankfurt/ Main
German nationality
Married, 3 children (born 1985, 1987, 1990)
Current address: Adolf-Butenandt-Institut - Molekularbiologie - Schillerstrasse 44
80336 München
Germany

Education:
  • 1977 Abitur, Kaiserin-Friedrich-Schule in Bad Homburg
  • 1977-1978 Military Service
  • 1978-1983 Study of Biology, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg
  • 1983-1984 Diploma Thesis work: "DNaseI-hypersensitivity in hormone-induced genes of rat liver", Advisor: Prof. G. Schütz, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg
  • 1984 Diploma in Biology "Very Good" Molecular genetics, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Organic chemistry
  • 1984-1987 PhD Thesis "In vivo analysis of protein/DNA interactions at regulatory sequences of the Tyrosine Aminotransferase Gene" Advisor: Prof. G. Schütz, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg
  • 1987 Ph.D. "summa cum laude"
  • 1996 Habilitation at Ruprecht-Karls Universität, Heidelberg "Venia legendi" (teaching certificate) in Molecular Biology

Professional Positions
  • 1987-1988 Postdoctoral fellow with Prof. G. Schütz, DKFZ, Heidelberg
  • 1988-1991 Postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Carl Wu, Laboratory of Biochemistry, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, USA
  • 1991-1999 Group leader, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg
  • since 1999 Full Professor and Head of Molecular Biology Section, Adolf-Butenandt-Institute, Faculty of Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München,
  • since 2004 Co-opted Member of the Faculty of Biology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München,

Honours and Awards
  • 1987 Young Investigators Award, "Society for Molecular Biology", Heidelberg
  • 1988 Richtzenhain-Prize for Cancer Research, DKFZ, Heidelberg
  • 1988 Postdoctoral fellowship, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
  • 1990 Postdoctoral fellowship, Fogarty Society at NIH
  • 2000 Elected Member of EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organisation)
  • 2005 Gottfried-Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
  • 2005, 2008 Elected Vice chair /Chair of the Gordon Research Conference ‘Chromatin Structure and Function’
  • 2007 Elected Member of Academia Europaea
  • 2007 Elected Member of the German Academy of Science ‘Leopoldina’
  • 2008 Elected Member of the Study section ‘Cell Biology of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG Fachgutachter Zellbiologie)

Editorial activities
  • 1997 - 1999 Executive Editor of Nucleic Acids Research (Oxford Univ.Press)
  • 1999 Editor of the Methods Manual "Chromatin Protocols" (Humana Press),
  • 1997 - 2003 Editor of Chromosoma (Springer Verlag, Heidelberg)
  • 2000 - 2005 Editorial Board, Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB)
  • 2002 - 2005 Member of ‘Faculty of 1000’ (BioMedCentral)
  • since 1999 Editorial Board, Nucleic Acids Research (NAR)
  • since 2002 Editorial Board, EMBO Journal and EMBO Reports
  • since 2003 Editorial Board, Public Library of Sciences (PLOS) Biology

Reviewing activities

Ad hoc reviewer for
Nature, Science, Cell, Molecular Cell, Genes Dev., EMBO J., EMBO Reports, J. Mol. Biol., Nucleic Acids Res., Mol. Cell. Biol., Chromosoma, MGG, FEBS letters, Development.
DFG, Max Planck Society, Schweizerischer Nationalfonds, Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK, BBSRC, Israeli Science Foundation, GIF, Norwegian Science Foundation, National Science CINECA, HFSPO, Bayerische Forschungsstiftung, Hanns Seidel Stiftung, Mildred Scheel Stiftung, Sander Stiftung; Deutsche Krebshilfe, Babraham Institute, Cambridge, Cancer Research Campaign.

Member of various Review Panels of the German Research Council (DFG) concerning Special Research and Priority Programmes, and of the Max Planck Society; Member of external review boards of the following institutes: Institute Genetique Humaine (IGH), Montpellier; Gesellschaft für Biotechnologiesche Forschung (GBF), Braunschweig; Fritz-Lippmann Institut für Alternsforschung, Jena; Babraham Institute, Cambridge;

Other professional activities
  • 2000 Co-founder of LifeBits AG, Tübingen
  • 2000 – 2002 Member of the Board of Lifebits AG in Tübingen
  • 2000 – 2004 Steering Committee of the European Forum of Bioethics
  • since 2002 Spokesperson and Organiser of the Transregio 5 DFG Research Network
  • 2004 – 2005 EMBO Long Term Fellowship Committee
  • since 2005 Scientific Advisory Board, Institute for Molecular Biotechnology (IMB), Jena
  • since 2005 Selection Committee for the Award of the Heinz-Maier Leibnitz-Prize of the German Research Council der DFG
  • since 2005 Scientific Advisory Board, Fritz Lippmann Institut für Alternsforschung, Jena
  • 2007 Sounding Board ‘55plus’ of Allianz AG
  • since 2007 Founding Member and Member of the Board of the Excellence Cluster ‘Munich Center for Integrated Protein Science Munich (CiPSM)
  • 2006, 2008 Elected Vice Chair / Chair of Gordon Conference ‘ Chromatin Structure and Function’
  • since 2008 Acting director of the Adolf-Butenandt-Institute
  • since 2008 Member of the ‘Center for Advanced Studies’ of the University of Munich
  • 2008 – Member of the Study section ‘Cell Biology of the German Research Council (DFG)
  • 2009 – EMBO Publications Committee

Support by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
  • DFG Fellowship Be 1140/1 1989 – 1990
  • DFG Grant Be 1140/2 1993 – 1996
  • DFG Grant Be 1140/3 1995 – 1999
  • DFG Teilprojekt B9 SFB 190 1999 – 2001
  • DFG Grant Be 1140/4 2001 – 2003
  • DFG Teilprojekt A6 SFB 594 2001 – 2012
  • DFG Teilprojekt A1 SFB/TR 5 2002 – 2012
  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2005 – 2012
  • DFG Teilprojekt A1 SFB 684 2006 – 2009
  • DFG Excellence Cluster
  • ‘Center for Integrated Protein Science 2006 – 2011
  • DFG Teilprojekt Be 1140/7-1 2008 – 2010
  • (Part of the Special proiroty programme 1356 ‘Pluripotency’)

Participation in / Coordination of International Research Programmes
  • 1995 – 1998 INTAS 94-3801 with Pavel Georgiev, Moskau, Pierre Chambon, Strasbourg
  • 1998 – 2000 HFSPO Netzwerk Histone acetylation, transcriptional control and cell proliferation with Mitzi Kuroda, Texas, Bryan Turner, Birmingham.
  • 1998 – 2001 TMR Netzwerk ERBFMRXCT98-191 (Coordinator) Gene regulation by Chromatin’. with Bryan Turner, Birmingham, Miguel Beato, Marburg, Genevieve Almouzni, Paris, Örjan Wrange, Stockholm, Marco Bianchi, Milano.
  • 2000 – 2003 IHP Netzwerk HPRN-CT2000-0078 Cellular Memory: Epigenetic regulation and inheritance of active and silent chromatin states with Genevieve Almouzni, Paris, Thomas Jenuwein, Wien, Renato Paro, Heidelberg, Robin Allshire, Edinburgh, Frank Grosveld, Rotterdam, Peter Verrijzer, Leiden.
  • 1999 – 2003 Volkswagen Siftung Netzwerk Grant(Coordinator) Mechanisms of Insulator Action with Pavel Georgiev, Moskau.
  • 2002 – 2005 INTAS 01-0211 The role of a group of newly described functionally related genes in transcription control in metazoans with Laszlo Tora, Strasbourg, Pavel Georgiev, Moskau.
  • 2004 – 2009 Network of Excellence (Founding Member). ‘The Epigenome’(6. EU Rahmenprogramm).
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