Johann Deisenhofer - Curriculum vitae#

  • Diplom (equiv. to masters degree) in Physics, 1971, Technical University Munich
  • Dr. rer. nat. (equiv. to Ph. D.) in Experimental Physics, 1974, Technical University Munich
  • Habilitation in Experimental Physics, 1987, Technical University Munich

Major research interests:

  • Structure and function of biological macromolecules
  • Computational biology
  • Protein crystallography

Research and professional experience:
  • 1970-1971: Diplom student, Department of Physics, Technical University Munich. Thesis: Detection of terahertz-phonons in ruby at 4 K. Thesis advisor: Klaus Dransfeld
  • 1971-1974: Ph.D. student, Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry. Thesis: Structure refinement of the Basic Pancreatic Trypsin Inhibitor (BPTI) at 1.5 Å resolution. Thesis advisor: Robert Huber
  • 1974 -1976: Research Associate
  • 1976-1988: Staff Scientist, Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry
  • 1988 - 2010: Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • 1988 – 2012: Regental Professor and Professor in Biochemistry, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • 2012 - present: Regental Professor and Professor in Biophysics, Green Center for Systems Biology, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • 1989 - present: Virginia and Edward Linthicum Distinguished Chair in Biomolecular Science, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Current Memberships:
  • Academia Europaea
  • German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina
  • National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • The Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (Fellow)
  • American Crystallographic Association (Fellow)
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Biophysical Society
  • German Biophysical Society
  • German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Federation of American Scientists (Sponsor)
  • Protein Society
  • Sigma Xi

  • 1986 Biological Physics Price of the American Physical Society (shared with H. Michel)
  • 1988 Otto-Bayer-Preis (shared with H. Michel)
  • 1988 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (shared with R. Huber and H. Michel)

  • 1990 The Knight Commander's Cross (Badge and Star) of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • 1992 Bavarian Order of Merit
  • 1993 D. Sc. h.c., Drury College, Springfield, Missouri
  • 1995 Kentucky Colonel
  • 1996 D. Sc. h.c., Burdwan University, West Bengal, India
  • 2004 Röntgen-Plaquette (City of Remscheid, Germany, birthplace of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen)
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