Academic education and degrees:

1986 Dr. rer. nat. Degree (PhD)
1983 – 1987 Research Associate, Section Neurophysiology, Medical Faculty, University of Essen, Germany
1982 Diploma Biology
1976 – 1982 Study of Biology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

Scientific education and career

since 2004 Professor and Head of Institute of Physiology I (Neurophysiology), Medical Faculty, Westfälische Wilhelms-University (WWU)
1994 – 2004 Professor and Head of Institute of Physiology, Medical Faculty, Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Germany
1992 Habilitation / Venia legendi in Physiology
1989 – 1994 Assistant Professor, Institute of Neurophysiology, Medical Faculty, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
1988 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Section of Neurobiology, Yale University, U.S.A.
1987 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Neurobiology, SUNY Stony Brook, U.S.A.

Honours and special recognitions

since 2018 President of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation
2016 – 2017 Chairperson of the Scientific Commission, German Council for Science and Humanities
2011 – 2017 Member of the German Council for Science and Humanities (“Wissenschaftsrat”)
since 2008 Spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB-TRR58) “Fear, Anxiety, Anxiety Disorders”
2008 Research Award of the Westfälische Wilhelms-University
2007 Max Planck Research Award of the Humboldt Foundation (together with Ray Dolan, University College London, U.K.)
2006 – 2012 Spokesperson of the Research Unit Neuromedicine, WWU
2006 Distinguished Teacher of the Year, Medical Faculty, WWU
since 2005 Member National Academy of Science “Leopoldina”
2001 – 2013 Local Coordinator of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB-TRR3 “Mesial Temporallobe Epilepsies“
1999 – 2005 Member of the Senate of the German Research Foundation (“Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft”, DFG)
1999 Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Award of the DFG
1997 – 2004 Spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 426) “Limbic Structures and Functions”
1997 Research Award of the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg
1993 Heisenberg-Stipend of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
1990 Bennigsen Research Award, Ministry of Research and Development NRW

Scientific Advisory Boards and Committees:

since 2018 Member of the Alliance of Science Organisations
since 2018 Member of the Managing Board and Board of Trustees of DAAD
since 2018 Member of the Board of Trustees of Association of Sponsors for the Promotion of German Science
since 2018 Member of the Board of Trustees of the German National Academic Foundation
since 2018 Member of the Foundation Council and Conference of Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
since 2018 Member of the Program Committee of the Humboldt-Forum
since 2018 Member of the Board of Trustees of MPI for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden
since 2018 Member of the Selection Committee Baden-Württemberg Fonds for Persecuted Scientists
since 2018 Member of the Society for Promotion of the German Council for Science and Humanities
since 2018 Member SAB German Resilience Centre Mainz
since 2017 Member of the DFG Selection Committee “Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Award”
since 2017 Member Governing Body University Witten/Herdecke
since 2016 Member Research Council Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster
2015 – 2017 Member Strategic Commission of the German Council for Science and Humanities and the German Research Foundation
since 2011 Member SAB Research Centre “Translational Neuroscience", Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz
since 2011 Member SAB “European Neuroscience Institute“, Georg-August-University Göttingen
since 2009 Member SAB Cluster of Excellence “Cellular Networks“, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg
2007 Member Evaluation Board “INSERM INMED” Marseille, France
since 2006 Member Steering Committee “Interdisciplinary Centre of Clinical Research“ WWU Münster
2004 – 2012 Member of the DFG/DAAD Selection Committee „Promotionen an Hochschulen in Deutschland“
2003 – 2009 Member SAB “Interdisciplinary Centre of Neuroscience“, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg
2001 – 2009 Member SAB “Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg“ of Bremen/Niedersachsen
2002 – 2008 Member SAB ”Neuroscientific Centre“, Humboldt-University Berlin
2001 – 2010 Member SAB “Neuroscience Centre”, University of Helsinki, Finland

Memberships

Deutsche Physiologische Gesellschaft; Neurowissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (Foundingmember); Federation of the European Neuroscience; International Brain Organisation; New York Academy of Sciences; Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina.

Member of Scientific Advisory Boards: Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Bremen/Niedersachsen; Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Neurowissenschaften Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg; Neuroscience Centre, University of Helsinki, Finland; Forschungszentrum für Angewandte Neurowissenschaften, Jonannes Gutenberg-Universität MainzMember of Editorial Boards: Pflügers Archiv European Journal of Physiology; Frontiers of Cellular Neuroscience; Journal of Neurophysiology