Day 1, July 5: Welcome-Session
Professor Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Munich (LMU).
He studied chemistry at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, where he obtained his PhD. He did postdoc research at the University of California in Berkeley, USA, and the Karolinska Institute. He held professorships at the University of Cologne and the Institute of Biochemistry, University of Munich. 1984-1997 he was Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the Gene Center in Munich, Germany.
Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker served as President of the German Research Foundation (DFG) from 1998 to 2006, and subsequently as first Secretary General of the European Research Council (ERC). From 2009 to 2015 he was Secretary General of the Human Frontier Science Program Organization.
He was awarded Doctores honoris causa from the Veterinary University of Vienna, and the Medical Faculties of the Universities of Würzburg and Munich.
He is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the National Academy of Medicine of the US National Academies of Sciences. He received several awards, among them the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star from Japan and the International Science and Technology Cooperation Award from the People’s Republic of China, the Leibniz Medal and the Robert Koch Medal.
Professor Winnacker’s main research interests are virus/cell interactions, the mechanisms of gene expression in higher cells and prion diseases.
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