Kurt Wüthrich- Curriculum Vitae#

Current Positions:
  • Professor of Biophysics, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Switzerland
  • Visiting Professor of Structural Biology, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA

Personal Data
  • Born October 4, 1938, in Aarberg, Switzerland. Swiss citizen
  • Married to Marianne Briner, 1963; two children, Bernhard Andrew 1968, Karin Lynn 1970

Education and Positions held
  • 1957 - 62 University of Bern, Switzerland: Licentiat in chemistry, physics and mathematics.
  • 1962 - 64 University of Basel, Switzerland: Ph.D. in chemistry (Prof. S. Fallab); Eidgenössisches Turn- und Sportlehrerdiplom.
  • 1964 - 65 University of Basel, Switzerland: Postdoctoral training (Prof. S. Fallab).
  • 1965 - 67 University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA: Postdoctoral training (Prof. R.E. Connick).
  • 1967 - 69 Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, N.J., USA: Member Technical Staff (Dr. R.G.Shulman).
  • 1969 - Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Switzerland: Privatdozent (70); Assistant Professor (72); Associate Professor (76); Professor of Biophysics (80); Chairman Biology Department (95-2000).
  • 2001 - The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA: Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Visiting Professor of Structural Biology.

Major Research Interests
  • Biology, structure and function of proteins and nucleic acids
  • Development of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques for macromolecular structure determination in solution and for studies of intermolecular interactions
  • Applications in structural and functional genomics, and in biomedical areas such as amyloidoses and immune suppression

  • NMR in Biological Research: Peptides and Proteins, North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1976.
  • NMR of Proteins and Nucleic Acids, Wiley, New York, 1986.
  • NMR in Structural Biology - a Collection of Papers by Kurt Wüthrich, World Scientific, Singapore, 1995.
  • 600 papers and reviews.

Honorary Degrees
  • 1997 Dottore ad Honorem in Chimica, Università degli Studi di Siena, Italy.
  • 1997 Dr. phil. honoris causa, Universität Zürich, Switzerland.
  • 2001 Docteur honoris causa, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland.

Academies and Honory Memberships in Scientific Societies
  • 1984 Member European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO).
  • 1987 Member Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina.
  • 1989 Member Academia Europaea.
  • 1989 Foreign Fellow, Indian National Science Academy.
  • 1992 Foreign Associate, US National Academy of Sciences.
  • 1992 Honorary Fellow, The National Academy of Sciences, India.
  • 1993 Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • 1993 Honorary Member, Japanese Biochemical Society.
  • 1998 Honorary Member, National Magnetic Resonance Society of India.
  • 1998 AAAS Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • 2000 Associé étranger, Académie des Sciences, Institut de France.
  • 2001 Member Schweizerische Akademie der Technischen Wissenschaften (SATW).

Prices and Awards
  • 1974 Friedrich Miescher-Preis, Schweiz. Biochemische Gesellschaft.
  • 1983 Shield of the Faculty of Medicine, Tokyo University.
  • 1986 Médaille P. Bruylants, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.
  • 1990 Stein and Moore Award of the Protein Society, USA.
  • 1991 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize, Columbia University, New York.
  • 1991 Gilbert Newton Lewis Medal, University of California, Berkeley.
  • 1992 Marcel Benoist Prize, awarded by the Swiss Confederation.
  • 1993 Distinguished Service Award, The Miami Bio/Technology Winter Symposia, USA.
  • 1993 Prix Louis Jeantet de Médecine, Fondation Louis Jeantet, Geneva.
  • 1996 Kaj Linderstrøm-Lang Prize, Carlsberg Foundation, Copenhagen.
  • 1997 Eminent Scientist of RIKEN, Tokyo.
  • 1998 Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology, Inamori Foundation, Kyoto.
  • 1999 Günther Laukien Prize, Experimental NMR Conference (ENC), USA.
  • 1999 Otto-Warburg-Medaille, Gesellschaft für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie, Germany.
  • 2001 Médaille d'Honneur en Argent, Société d'Encouragement au Progrès, Paris.

Special Lectures
  • 1982 FMC Lectures, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA.
  • 1983 Baker Lectures, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA.
  • 1984 S. Rudin Lecture, Columbia University Medical School, New York, NY, USA.
  • 1986 Chaire Bruylants, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgique.
  • 1989 James Shannon Lecture, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA.
  • 1989 Ada Doisy Lectures, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA.
  • 1990 Pittsburgh Conference Lectures, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
  • 1991 Distinguished Lecture in Structural Biology, Dartmouth College, Hannover, NH, USA.
  • 1991 John T. Edsall Lecture, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA.
  • 1991 Ira Remsen Memorial Lecture, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA.
  • 1993 William H. Stein Memorial Lecture, Rockefeller University, New York, NY, USA.
  • 1993 Calbiochem Lectures, UCSD, San Diego, CA, USA.
  • 1993 26. Martinsrieder Kolloquium, MPI für Biochemie, Martinsried, Deutschland.
  • 1995 P.A. Leermakers Lecture, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, USA.
  • 1995 Adam Neville Lecture, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK.
  • 1996 UCLA-DOE Distinguished Lecture, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
  • 1997 UMDNJ Distinguished Lecture, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, USA.
  • 1998 University Lecture, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, USA.
  • 1998 Ames Lecture, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.
  • 2000 Gitte Vold Memorial Lecture, UCSD, San Diego, CA, USA.
  • 2001 Peter Hemmerich-Vorlesung, Universität Konstanz, Konstanz, Deutschland.

Visiting Faculty Appointments
  • 1988 November: Visiting Miller Research Professor, University of California, Berkeley, CA,USA.
  • 1992 February-March: Scholar in Residence, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA.
  • 1994 February-June: Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Scholar, Caltech, Pasadena, CA, USA.
  • 1994 October-December: Guest Scientist, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA.
  • 1995 February-April: Visiting Associate in Biology and Chemistry, Caltech, Pasadena, CA, USA.
  • 1997/98 For two months: Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1997/2000 Visiting Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.

Offices in Professional Organizations
  • Schweiz. Kommission für Molekularbiologie (SKMB): Member 73-76; President 77-82.
  • International Union of Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB): Council Member 75-78 and 87-90; Secretary General 78-84; Vice-President 84-87.
  • International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU): Member General Committee 80-86; Member Standing Committee on the Free Circulation of Scientists 82-90.
  • Kommission für die Wolfgang Pauli-Vorlesungen ETH Zürich: Member 84-92; President 93-01.
  • Schweiz. Gesellschaft für Biochemie: Member Executive Committee 86-92; President Biophysics Section 85-88.
  • Zürcher Chemische Gesellschaft: President 90-91.
  • International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC): Commission on Biophysical Chemistry: Member 96-99; Chairman 00-01.
  • Prix Marcel Benoist, Conseil de Fondation, Berne: Member 01-.

Editorial Assignments
  • Editor: Q. Rev.Biophys. 84-91, 96-01; Macromolecular Structures 90-00; J. Biomol. NMR 91-.
  • Member Editorial Board: Biochim. Biophys. Acta, Biochimie, Biophys. Chem., Biopolymers, CHEMBIOCHEM, Chemtracts, *Encyclopedia of NMR, Comm. Mol. Cell. Biophysics, Curr. Methods Mol. Cell Biol., Curr. Opinion Struct. Biol., Eur. Biophys. J., Inorg. Chim. Acta, IUBMB Life, J. Biotechnology, J. Computer-Aided Mol. Design, J. Magn. Reson., J. Struct. Funct. Genomics, Life Sciences, Proteins, Structure, Structure with Folding and Design.

Scientific Advisory Boards
  • Centro Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità and ETH Zürich, Switzerland 89-98.
  • European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany 89-95.
  • National Laboratory of Biomacromolecules, Academia Sinica, Beijing, China 89-.
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Bonn, Germany: Schwerpunktsprogramm "Protein Design" 89-95.
  • Commission of the European Communities: Human Capital and Mobility Program 92-94.
  • Institut für Molekulare Biotechnologie, Jena, Germany 93-96.
  • Ciba Foundation, London, UK 94-96.
  • Institut de Biologie Structurale Jean-Pierre Ebel, Grenoble, France 94-97.
  • Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki, Finland 97-.
  • Novartis Foundation, London, UK 97-.
  • Triad Therapeutics Inc., San Diego, CA, USA 98-.
  • Genomics Sciences Center, RIKEN, Tokyo, Japan 00-.
  • Syrrx Inc., San Diego, CA, USA 00-.
  • Groupement d'Intérêt Scientifique "Infections à Prions", France 01-.
  • National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics (NICPB), Tallinn, Estonia 01-.
  • National High Field NMR Center (NANUC), University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada 01-.
  • Resource for Solid-State of Proteins at UCSD, La Jolla, CA, USA 01-.

Consultancy Assignments
  • Hoechst AG, Frankfurt, Germany 85-92.
  • Sandoz Pharma AG, Basel, Switzerland 87-96.
  • Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Basel, Switzerland 87-.
  • Ciba-Geigy AG, Basel, Switzerland 89-96.
  • Tripos Inc., St. Louis, MO, USA 92-94.
  • Novartis AG, Basel, Switzerland 97-.

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