Klaus Rajewsky - Curriculum vitae#

  • 1956-1962 University of Frankfurt/Main and Munich, Medicine, Chemistry
  • 1959-1961 Institute of Chemistry, University of Frankfurt/Main, M.D.Thesis (Supervisors: Th. Wieland and G. Pfleiderer)
  • 1962 Medical examinations, M.D.

  • 1962-1963 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institut Pasteur, Paris, (P. Grabar's laboratory)
  • 1964-1966 Research assistant at the Institute of Genetics, University of Cologne, in U. Henning's Laboratory. Since 1966 Head of the newly established immunology unit at the same institute.
  • 1969 EMBO Senior Fellow at the National Institute for Medical Research London, in Mitchison's laboratory.
  • 1970-2001 Professor of Molecular Genetics, Science Faculty, University of Cologne. Member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Genetics.
  • 1996-2001 Part-time appointment, Programme Coordinator, EMBL Mouse Biology Programme, Monterotondo, Italy
  • 1999-2000 Bert L. and N. Kuggie Vallee Visiting Professor, Dept. of Pathology, Harvard Medical School
  • 2001-present Senior Investigator, CBR Institute for Biomedical Research
  • 2001-present Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School
  • 2006-2011 Fred S. Rosen Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
  • 2011- present Researcher, Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin-Buch

Other Activities

Foreign Member of the Basel Institute for Immunology (1970-1971), Member of the Scientific Advisory Boards of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (1977-1979; 1995-), the Gesellschaft für Naturforscher und Ärzte (1979-1981), the Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology, Freiburg, F.R.G. (1983-1987), the Immunology Department of the Institut Pasteur, Paris (1984) and the Cancer Research Institute, New York (1987-). Foreign Member of the Conseil de la Biologie of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (1987-). Chairman of the Symposium Committee of the International Union of Immunological Societies (1974-1977) and of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Centre d'Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy (1985-1992). Member of the EMBO Council and EMBO Fund Committee (1987-1990). Member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of the UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (1990-1994). Member of the Advisory Board of the Robert Koch Center for Research in Autoimmune Diseases at the Weizmann Institute, Rehovot/Israel (1993-2000) and the Scientific Advisory Board of the ZMBH (Center for Molecular Biology), University of Heidelberg (1994-). Member of the External Advisory Board of the Centro de Biologia Molecular "Severo Ochoa", Madrid (1995-1996), the International Advisory Board of Ribs (Research Institute for Biological Sciences, Science University of Tokyo (1995-), the Scientific Advisory Board (SAC) of the German Rheumatism Research Centre (DRFZ), Berlin (1997-) and of the Umeå Center for Molecular Medicine (UCMM) (1999-2002), the Scientific Advisory Board of the RIKEN Institute for Allergy and Immunology (2005 -), the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (2005 -2007) and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Excellece Cluster “Stress and Aging“ at the University of Cologne (2007- )

Member of the Executive Committee of the "European Journal of Immunology" (1971- 1991), of the Editorial Boards of "Immunogenetics" (1974-1982), "Cell Biophysics" (1979-1982), "Annales d'Immunologie" (1980-1988), "Hoppe Seyler's Zeitschrift für Physiologische Chemie" (1978-1986), "The EMBO Journal" (1982-1986; 1995-1997), "Journal of Molecular and Cellular Immunology" (1982-1990), "International Immunology" (1989-), Proceedings of the Royal Society (Series B ) (1990-1991), Cell (1992-), the Journal of Experimental Medicine (1992-), Current Opinion in Immunology (1993-), Immunity (1994-1997), Mouse Knockouts and Mutants (1996-), Genes and Function (1996-1997) and Molecular Medicine (1995-2003). Member of the Gesellschaft für Immunologie, British Society for Immunology and the Gesellschaft für Biologische Chemie.

Special Lectures:

The Dan Campbell Lecture, Asilomar, January 1984; Keynote address, Keystone Symposia on B Cell Immunobiology and Human Disease and Molecular Aspects of B Lymphocyte Differentiation, February 1993; Richard Gershon Lecture, Yale Medical School, New Haven, May 1993; Ciba Geigy Lecture, The Randall Institute, King's College London, May 1993; Naturwissenschaft Aktuell, Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation, Munich, July 1993; University Lecture, Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, April 1994; Leskowitz Lecture, Tufts University, Boston, April 1994; GFMLecture, Institute for Molecular Genetics, University of Heidelberg, June 1995; Engelhardt Lecture, Engelhardt Institute, Moscow, December 1995; Tadeusz J. Wiktor Memorial Lecture, The Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, December 1995; Adriano Buzzati- Traverso Lecture, Institute of Cell Biology, CNR, Rome, November 1995; Jim McGinnis Memorial Lecture, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, May 1966; Beirne B. Carter Memorial Lecture in Immunology, Center for Immunology Research, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, January 1997; The Dunham Lectures, Harvard University, Boston, April 1997; Paul Ehrlich Lecture, Charité, Berlin, December 1997; The Paul E. Lacy Lecture, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, April 1998; Distinguished Seminar Series, National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver, April 1998; First Karl Lennert Lecture, IX Meeting European Association for Haematopathology, Leiden, April 1998; The Henry Kunkel Society Annual Lecture, New York, April 1998; Guest Lecture, The International Investigative Dermatology Meeting, Cologne, May 1998; Main Lecture, XXVI Annual Meeting of the Italian Group of Cooperation in Immunology, Viterbo, June 1998; Pierre Grabar Lecture, Annual Congress French Society for Immunology, Paris, November 1998; Zoltan Ovary Lecture, New York University, April 1999; Dean's and Solomon A. Beron Memorial Lecture, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, April 1999; The Henry G. Kunkel Lecture, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, April 1999; AAI Distinguished Lecture, Washington DC, April 1999; Keynote address, FASEB Summer Research Conference on Hematological Malignancies", Vermont, July 1999; Rose Lieberman Lecture, NIH, Bethesda, April 2002; Weiser Lecture, Seattle, June 2002; Georges Köhler Lecture, Freiburg, July 2002. Bob Smith Lecture, Houston, April 2003; Marian Koshland Lecture, Chicago, May 2003; Heidelberger-Kabat Lecture, Columbia University, New York, 2004; Keynote Lecture, Autumn Immunology Conference, Chicago, Nov 2007.

Honors and Awards

  • Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization
  • Membre d'Honneur de la Société Française d'Immunologie (1981)
  • Member of the Rheinisch-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften (1981)
  • Honorary Member of the American Association of Immunologists (1983)
  • Founding Member of the Academia Europea (1988)
  • Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A. (1994)
  • Chaire Européenne du Collège de France, Paris (1995-1996)
  • Member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina (1995)
  • Doctor honoris causa of the University René Descartes, Paris (1998)
  • First Honorary Member of the Gesellschaft fuer Genetik, Germany (2001)
  • Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Science (2001)
  • Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2003)
  • Foreign Member of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences (2003)
  • Honorary Doctorate, J.W. von Goethe Unversity, Frankfurt/Main (2004)
  • Avery Landsteiner Award (1977)
  • Behring-Kitasato Prize (1994)
  • Robert Pfleger Prize (1994)
  • Humboldt Research Award (1994)
  • Rabbi Shai Shacknai Memorial Prize, Hebrew University (1995)
  • Robert Koch Prize (1996)
  • Max-Planck-Research Award (1996)
  • Dr. Albert-Wander-Memorial Prize, Bern University (1996)
  • UCL Prize Lecture in Clinical Science (1997)
  • Körber Prize for European Science (1997)
  • Behring-Heidelberger Award, American Association of Immunologists (1999)
  • Prize of the German Cancer Aid (Krebshilfe) (2002)
  • Merit Award, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, NIH (2003)
  • Brupbacher Prize for Cancer Research (2005)
  • Novartis Prize for Basic Immunology (2007)
  • Emil von Behring Prize (2008)
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