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Kai Simons

Kai Simons

Research Group Leader and Director Emeritus

Personal Information

Name:

Simons

First name:

Kai

Date of birth:

May 24, 1938

Born in:

Helsinki, Finland

Nationality:

Finnish

Civil status:

Married to Carola Simons born Smeds, three children

Address:

Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
Pfotenhauerstr. 108, 01307 Dresden

Telephone:

+49 351 210 2800

Fax:

+49 351 210 2900

Email:

simons@mpi-cbg.de


Education

1964

M.D., University of Helsinki


Research Positions

1965 - 1967

Postdoctoral Research fellow at the Rockefeller University in New York (Prof. A.G. Bearn)

1967 - 1975

Investigator at the Finnish Medical Research Council, University of Helsinki

1971 - 1972

Acting Professor of Biochemistry, Medical Faculty, University of Helsinki

1976 - 1979

Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Helsinki

1975 - 2000

Group Leader at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg

1982 - 1998

Coordinator of the Cell Biology Programme, at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg

1998 - 2006

Director of the Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden


Present Position

1998 - present

Group leader at the Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden


Membership in Societies

1975

European Molecular Biology Organisation

1978

Societas Scientarium Fennica

1987

Heidelberg Academy of Sciences

1996

American Academy of Art and Science

1997

Academia Europaea

1997

Foreign Member of the National Academy of Sciences, USA

1998

German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

2006 - present

Member / Fellow of ScanBalt Academy


Honours

1975

Federation of European Biochemical Society Anniversary Prize

1984

Honorary Professor, University of Heidelberg

1989

Lamport Visiting Professor (Columbia, New York)

1990

Histochemical Society Lecture

1990

Keith Porter Lecturer, American Society of Cell Biology

1991

Anders Jahre Prize for Medical Research

1991

NICHD Lectureship in Cell Biology

1993

Carl Zeiss Lecture, German Society for Cell Biology

1994

HARVEY SOCIETY Lecture

1996

Dunham Lecturer, Harvard University

1996

Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

1997

Runeberg Prize, Finland

1997

Adam Neville Lecture, University of Dundee, UK

1998

Choh Hao Li Memorial Lecture in Biochemical Endocrinology, University of California at Berkeley

1999

Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Oulu, Finland

2000

President of the European Life Scientist Organisation

2001

Schleiden Medaille awarded of Academy Leopoldina

2001

Honorary member of the German Society for Cell Biology

2001

ISI Highly cited researcher

2002

Hoppe-Seyler Lecture, Society of Biology and Molecular Biology Germany

2003

Honorary Professor at TU Dresden

2003

Albert Wander Prize, University of Bern, Switzerland

2003

Ayräpää Prize, Finland

2003

Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Leuven, Belgium

2003

Prix Mondial Nessim Habif, University of Geneva, Switzerland

2004

Virchow Lecture and Medal, University of Würzburg, Germany

2005

Foundation Day Lecture, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India

2005

Laurens van Deenen Medal, Utrecht, The Netherlands

2006

AIVirtanen Medal, Finland

2006

Honorary member of the Societas Biochemica, Biophysica et Microbiologica Fenniae

2007

Saxon Order of Merit

2010

Doctor honoris causa, University of Kuopio, Finland

2011

Doctor honoris causa, University of Geneva, Switzerland


Editorships

1977 - 1982

Editor of Journal of General Virology

1981 - 1984

Editor of Journal of Molecular Biology

1982 - 1985

Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of General Virology

1976 - 1981

Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Virology

1983 - 1986

Member of the Editorial Board of EMBO Journal

1980 - 1988

Member of Advisory Board of Modern Cell Biology, a review series

1985 - 1992

Associate Editor of Journal of Cell Biology

1992 - 2000

Editor of Current Opinion in Cell Biology

1998 - 2003

Member of Editorial Board Proc.Nat.Acad.Sci USA (PNAS)

1997 -

Editor of Journal of Cell Science

2001 - 2009

Molecular & Cellular Proteomics


Recent memberships in committees etc.

1990 - 1991

Official expert of the task force Life Science and Medicine of the Advisory Council on Sciences in the GDR

1991 - 1997

Member and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Center for Molecular (ZMBH) of the University Heidelberg, Germany

1991 - 1992

Member of the founding committee of the "Institute of Plant Genetics and Group Plant Research”, Gatersleben, Germany

1992 - 1994

Member of the Life Science Panel of the Human Capital and Mobility Programme, Brussels, Belgium

1992 - 2003

Member of the Founding and the Scientific Committee of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC), Berlin-Buch, Germany

1992 -

Member of the EMBO Peer Review Committee

1994 - 2000

Member of the International Advisory Board at the Basel Institute of Immunology

1994 - 2002

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the biotechnology company BIOGEN in Cambridge, Mass., USA

1994

Member of the Interim Scientific Advisory Board for establishing a European Laboratory for Molecular Marine Biology in Bergen, Norway
President of the ECBO 1995 Conference (2000 participants in Heidelberg)

1997 - 1999

Member of the Council of the American Society for Cell Biology

1997 - 2006

Member of the Board of the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology e.V., Jena, Germany

1999 - 2000

The American Society for Cell biology; Committee chair of International Affairs

1999 - 2008

President of the European Life Scientist Organization (ELSO)

2000 -

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Biomedicum Helsinki, Finland

2001 -

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Gulbenkian Institute in Oeiras, Portugal

2002

Member of the Search Committee for the Director of the Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel, Switzerland

2002

Member of the search committee for the Executive Director for the German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany

2001 -

Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Research Center of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (BRC)

2002 - 2010

Chairman of the BioDresden e.V. Dresden

2002 -

Cultural Council, City of Dresden

2002 -

Cultural Development Plan, City of Dresden

2002 -

Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona, Spain

2002 -

Member of the Advisory Board, Institute and Graduate School of Biomembranes, Utrecht University, Netherland

2002 - 2004

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Centre of Excellence, University of Oulu, Finland

2003 - 2004

Member of the External Advisory Group "Structuring the European Research Areas - Human Resources and Mobility", Brussels, Belgium

2003 - 2005

Member of the Janelia Farm Advisory Board at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, MD, USA

2003 - 2006

Member of the International Advisory Board of the Wellcome Trust/ Cancer Research UK Institute in Cambridge, United Kingdom

2004 - 2006

Member of the European Science Foundation (ESF) Executive Board, Strasbourg, France

2007 - 2009

Member of the ESF Science Advisory Board

2004 -2009

Member of the EMBO Council, Heidelberg, Germany

2006 -

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute of Biotechnology at the University of Helsinki

2006 -

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Karolinska Institutet Sumitomo Pharmaceuticals Alzheimer Center (KASPAC)

2006 - 2010

Member of ERC Starting Grants Evaluation Panel

2007 -

Chair of Scientific Advisory Board - Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM)

2007 - 2008

Co-director Shanghai Institute for Advanced studies, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2008 - 2010

Chair of ERC Starting Grants Evaluation Panel

2010 - 2012

Member of board of biosaxony e.V. Dresden

2011

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Biotechnology Center Dresden, Germany

2012

Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of The Danish Stem Cell Center, Copenhagen, Denmark

2012

Member of the Scientific committee of the Hospital A.C.Camargo, São Paulo, Brazil

2012

Honorary chairman of biosaxony e.V. Dresden