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Professor of Chemical Biology

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1989 PhD degree
1986 – 1989 Dissertation in Organic Chemistry at the University of Marburg
1986   Diploma
1980 – 1986 Study of Chemistry at The University of Marburg


Academic positions

Since 1999 Professor (C4) of Biochemistry and Chemical Biology, LIMES Institute, University of Bonn, Germany
1997 – 1999 Substitute for Full Professor of Biochemistry and Head of the Department, Institute of Biochemistry, LMU Munich, Munich, Germany
1996   Habilitation in Biochemistry and Bioorganic Chemistry, Institute of Biochemistry, Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich, Munich, Germany
1990 – 1992   Postdoctoral Researcher, Harvard Department of Genetics, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA
1989 – 1990   Postdoctoral Researcher, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA


Memberships and professional functions

* American Chemical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh), Gesellschaft für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie (GBM), Coordinator Research Training Group GRK804, Member of the nomination board, Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz Award of the DFG, Member of the Research Advisory Council of the Association of the Chemical Industry, Joint Advisory Committee DFG/DST India 


Honors and awards

1991   Liebig Stipendium of the Association of the Chemical Industry, Germany
1996   Dozentenstipendium of the Association of the Chemical Industry, Germany
1996   Habilitation Award of the University Society of the LMU Munich
1997   Invited Professor, Université Pasteur, Strasbourg, (host: Prof. J.-M. LZehn)
1998   Karl-Ziegler-Award of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker GDCh
1998   Klung-Wilhelmy-Weberbank Award for Chemistry
Steinhofer Award of the University of Freiburg
2002   Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz Award of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft 
2002   Member of the Academy of Sciences and Arts of North Rhine-Westphalia
2007   Member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
2008 GlaxoSmithKline Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemical Biology
2010   ERC Advanced Grant DNA-Machines
2013 One of eight Vice Presidents of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft


Most important publications

  1. Bill A, Schmitz A, Albertoni B, Song J-N, Heukamp L C, Walrafen D, Thorwirth F, Verveer P J, Zimmer S, Meffert L, Schreiber A, Chatterjee S, Thomas R K, Ullrich R T, Lang T, Famulok M. (2010). Cytohesins are cytoplasmic ErbB receptor activators. Cell, 143 201-211.
  2. Ackermann D, Schmidt T L, Hannam J S, Purohit C S, Heckel A, Famulok M. (2010) A double-stranded DNA rotaxane. Nat Nanotechnol, 5: 436-442.
  3. Hafner M, Schmitz A, Grüne I, Srivatsan S G, Paul B, Kolanus W, Quast T, Kremmer E, Bauer I, Famulok M. (2006) Inhibition of cytohesins by SecinH3 leads to hepatic insulin resistance. Nature, 444: 941-944.
  4. Hartig JS, Najafi-Shoushtari S H, Grüne I, Yan A, Ellington AD, Famulok M. (2002) Protein-dependent ribozymes report molecular interactions in real-time. Nat Biotechnol, 20: 717-722. 
  5. Yang Y, Kochoyan M, Burgstaller P, Westhof E, Famulok M. (1996) Structural basis of ligand discrimination by two related RNA aptamers resolved by NMR spectroscopy. Science, 272: 1343-1347
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