Alumni Groups

Research Group Leaders do not get permanent positions. We believe that balancing a constant turnover of new people bringing fresh ideas on the one hand and a good career mentoring, fair support, and appropriate employment conditions on the other hand is essential in order to be a successful research institution today. Since the foundation of the Institute, 22 out of the 24 Research Group Leader Alumni have obtained prominent positions in academia around the world.

Simon Alberti

Group Leader 2010 – 2018

Biotechnology Center, TU-Dresden
Professor of Cellular Biochemistry

Matthias Bochtler

Head, Joint MPG-PAN Junior Research Group 2001–2010

International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Warsaw, Professor of Biological Sciences


Michael Brand

Group Leader 1999–2006

CRTD - Center for Regenerative Therapies at TU Dresden


Frank Buchholz

Group Leader 2001–2010

TU Dresden, Professor for Medical Systems Biology

Functional Genomics in mammalian cells: Applications to cancer- and stem cell-biology

© TUD/Kirsten Lassig

Christian Dahmann

Group Leader 2001–2012

TU Dresden, Professor of Systems Biology and Genetics

Stefan Diez

Group Leader 2004–2015

B CUBE, TU Dresden, Heisenberg Professorship for BioNanoTools

Christian Eckmann

Group Leader 2004–2014

Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg,
Heisenberg Professor of Developmental Genetics

Marcos Gonzalez Gaitan

Group Leader 2000–2006

University of Geneva

Florian Jug

Group Leader 2017 – 2021

Human Technopole

Teymuras Kurzchalia

Group Leader 1998–2020


Carl-Philipp Heisenberg

Group Leader 2000–2010

Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria)

Michael Hiller

Group Leader 2011–2021

Professor at LOEWE Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics (LOEWE-TBG), cooperation between Senckenberg Nature Research Society, and Goethe University

Joe Howard

Group Leader and Director 2001–2014

Eugene Higgins Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and Professor of Physics, Yale University

Jan Huisken

Group Leader 2010–2017

Director of Morgridge Medical Engineering
Professor of Biomedical Engineering at University of Wisconsin, Madison

Eckhard Lammert

Group Leader 2002–2008

Heinrich-Heine University of Düsseldorf

Daniel Müller

Group Leader 2001–2006

ETH Zürich

Karla Neugebauer

Group Leader 2001–2014

Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University

Caren Norden

Group Leader 2010 – 2020

Instituto Gulbenkian Ciência, Deputy Director for Science

Andy Oates

Group Leader 2003–2013

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

Ewa Paluch

Group Leader 2006–2013

Professor of Anatomy, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge

Gaia Pigino

Group Leader 2012 – 2021

Human Technopole

Jochen Rink

Group Leader 2011-2020

Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen

Kai Simons

Group Leader and Director 1998–2012

CEO of Lipotype GmbH, a spin-off company from MPI-CBG

Iva Tolic

Group Leader 2005–2014

Ruđer Bošković Institute, Croatia


Elly Tanaka

Group Leader 1999–2007

Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP)

Christoph Thiele

Group Leader 2000–2009

University of Bonn

Nadine Vastenhouw

Group Leader 2012–2021

Associate Professor at the Center for Integrative Genomics at the UNIL | University of Lausanne

Christiane Walch-Solimena

Group Leader 2001–2007

Max Planck Society Administration

Wolfgang Zachariae

Group Leader 1999–2010

MPI of Biochemistry in Martinsried