Bernd Nilius - Curriculum Vitae#

Full CV(info)
Wikipedia entry (in German)

Present Position and Address: Emeritus Professor of Physiology, KU Leuven, Department of Molecular Cell Biology, Laboratory Ion Channel Research, Campus Gasthuisberg, Herestraat 49, bus 802, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium.
Nationality: German
Born: July, 16 th, 1945, Halle (Saale), Germany
Status: married, two sons

  • 1964 - 1970 Study of Medicine, M.D.
  • 1971-1975 Study of Mathematics, Dipl. Math., written thesis
  • 1978 habilitation, Ph.D. in Physiology (

Professional experience:
  • 2005 – 2010 Director of the Center of Excellence KU Leuven “TRP Channels”
  • 1993 ... Full Professor of Physiology, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • 1992 - 1993 Leader Max Planck Research Group “Mol Cell Physiology” connected to the Max Planck Institute of Biophysical Chemistry, Membrane Biophysics (Prof. Erwin Neher), Göttingen (Germany).
  • 1990 - 1991 Full Professor of Physiology and Chairman at the Medical University Erfurt, Department of Medical Physiology, Erfurt, Germany
  • 1985 - 1990 Associate Professor of Physiology, Julius Bernstein Institut of Physiology, Martin Luther University, Halle (Germany)
  • 1980 - 1985 Assistant Professor, same Institute
  • 1970 - 1980 Research Associate, same Institute
  • 1981 Foreign Invited Research Associate Academy of Slovak Sciences, Bratislava, Tschechoslovakia
  • 1984 Foreign Invited Research Associate Univ.Medical School Debrecen, Hungary
  • 1985 Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University, New Haven, USA
  • 1987 Visiting Professorship Catholic University Leuven, Belgium,
  • 1990 Visiting Professorship Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1991 Visiting Professorship CNRS, INSERM, Orsay, France
  • 1992 Appointment: Full Professor and Chair in Physiology at the State University New York, Downstate Medical Center Brooklyn, USA, refused December 1992.
  • 1992 Appointment: Full Professor of Physiology, Department of Physiology, University of Calgary, Medical School. 1993 refused
  • 1992 Visiting Senior Scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Sciences, Rehovot, Israel
  • 1992 Visiting Professor at S.U.N.Y. Downstate Medical School and Veterans Administration Hospital, New York
  • 1992 Visiting Professor at the University of Calgary
  • 1994 Visiting Professor: Academia Sinica (Taiwan), National Taiwan University, Taipei, National Defence Medical School (Taipei)

Acting referee in:

Nature, Science, Cell, Nature Neurosciences, Nature Cell Biology, Nature Immunology, Neuron, Proc.Natl.Acad.Sci.USA, Journal of Clinical Investigation, J Neurosciences, J Neurophysiology, J.Physiol (Lond), J.General Physiol, EMBO J., J. Biol. Chemistry, J Cell Physiol, Biochem Pharmacol, J Membr Biol, Circulation, Circulation Research, Cardiovascular Res., Biophys.J., Biochem Biophys Acta, Amer J Physiol, NIPS, Biochemistry, Europ J Pharm, J Biochem, J Vasc Res, FEBS Letters, Brit J Pharmacology, Cell Molecular Life Sciences, and others ...

Membership in Scientific Societies:
  • 1971 - 1990 Society of German Physiologists (East)
  • 1989 Foreign Corresponding Member of the Royal Academy of Medical Sciences, Belgium
  • 1990 Member of the Academia Europea
  • 1990 - 1993 Corresponding member of The Academy of Sciences to Berlin, Germany
  • 1990 - 1993 Member of the German Physiological Society
  • 1991 - 1993 Foreign member of The Physiological Society, UK
  • 1993 - ... Ordinary member of The Physiological Society, UK
  • 1994 - ... Member of the Belgian Society of Physiology & Pharmacology
  • 1998 - ... Member of the Society of General Physiologists, USA
  • 1998 - ... Member of the American Physiological Society
  • 2000 - ... Honorary Member of the Slovak Physiological Society
  • 2005 - ...Elected Member of the Faculty of the 1000
  • 2006 - Appointed as Member of the Nomination Committee of the Academia Europaea, Section Physiology & Medicine
  • 2006 – Appointed as referee at the European Science Foundation
  • 2007: Elected as permanent Member of EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organisation)

  • 1979 Research Award 1.Class Martin Luther University, Halle - Wittenberg
  • 1980 Johannes Müller Award of the Society of Experimental Medicine Germany
  • 1985 Research Award 1.Class of the Martin Luther University, Halle - Wittenberg.
  • 1987 "Hermann Kolbe Award", research award of the Pharmaceutical Industry
  • 1987 Appointment IUPS workshop as "Principal Instructor and Lecturer", Academia Sinica (China, Shangai, led by Prof. Dr. R.W. Tsien)
  • 1988 Rudolf Virchow Research Award
  • 1989 Corresponding Foreign Member of the Royal Academy of Medical Sciences, Belgium
  • 1990 Member of the Academia Europea
  • 1990 – 1992 Corresponding Member of the German Academy of Sciences to Berlin
  • 1992 Appointment for the Chair of Physiology at the State University New York, Downstate Medical Center Brooklyn, USA; refused December 1992.
  • 1992 Appointment Full Professor of Physiology, Department of Physiology, University of Calgary, Medical School. refused September 1993.
  • 1997-2001 Nomination as expert referee at the European Commission for the “BIOMED” programme
  • 1998 Chairman and organizer of the symposium “Signal transduction in endothelium: mechano-sensing, ion channels and intracellular calcium”, World Meeting Life Sciences, INABIS, McMaster University Toronto, Canada,
  • 1999 Member of the National Science Foundation (Belgium), Commission “Physiology” (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek, F.W.O.)
  • 2000 Honorary Membership Slovak Physiological Societ
  • 2000/2001 President of the Belgian Society of Physiology and Pharmacology
  • 2002 - 2006 Consultant of the Pharmaceutical Group NEUROSEARCH (Denmark, UK)
  • 2005 Chairman Gordon Research Conference, “Calcium Signalling”, Oxford, session, TRP channels
  • 2005 - 2009 Consultant of the Pharmaceutical Group REDPOINT, New Yersey, USA, XENTION, Cambridge, UK, GIVAUDAN, CH,
  • 2006 Dautrebande Award of the Royal Academy of Sciences Belgium awarded by the Belgian Queen
  • 2007 Elected Member of EMBO (Euopean Mol Biol Organization), Member Advisory Board EMBO Journals
  • 2009 Appointment as foreign scientific advisor for the translational Research Center in Debrecen, Hungary: DERMINOVA: Cutaneous Biology Research Center: Integrating innovation-oriented research activities of the University of Debrecen in order to investigate cutaneous biology and pathomechanisms of diseases affecting large populations
  • 2009 Appointment as Honorary Guest Professor at the Medical University Chongqing, China
  • 2010 Scientific Avisor ONO-Pharmaceuticals, Japan
  • 2010 Scientific Avisor Grünenthal -Pharmaceuticals, Germany
  • 2010 Member Commission Forton Foundation, CFTR, Koning Boudewijn Stichting
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