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: simonsmpi-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)
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1967 - 1975
Investigator at the Finnish Medical Research Council, University of Helsinki
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1971 - 1972
Acting Professor of Biochemistry, Medical Faculty, University of Helsinki
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1976 - 1979
Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Helsinki
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1975 - 2000
Research Group Leader at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg
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1982 - 1998
Coordinator of the Cell Biology Programme, at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg
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1998 - 2006
Director of the MPI-CBG 

Present Position

since 1998
Research Group Leader at the MPI-CBG

Membership in Societies

1975
European Molecular Biology Organisation
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1978
Societas Scientarium Fennica
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1987
Heidelberg Academy of Sciences
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1996
American Academy of Art and Science
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1997
Academia Europaea
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1997
Foreign Member of the National Academy of Sciences, USA
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1998
German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
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2006 - present
Member / Fellow of ScanBalt Academy

Honours

1975
Federation of European Biochemical Society Anniversary Prize
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1984
Honorary Professor, University of Heidelberg
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1989
Lamport Visiting Professor (Columbia, New York)
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1990
Histochemical Society Lecture
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1990
Keith Porter Lecturer, American Society of Cell Biology
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1991
Anders Jahre Prize for Medical Research
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1991
NICHD Lectureship in Cell Biology
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1993
Carl Zeiss Lecture, German Society for Cell Biology
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1994
HARVEY SOCIETY Lecture
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1996
Dunham Lecturer, Harvard University
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1996
Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
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1997
Runeberg Prize, Finland
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1997
Adam Neville Lecture, University of Dundee, UK
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1998
Choh Hao Li Memorial Lecture in Biochemical Endocrinology, University of California at Berkeley
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1999
Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Oulu, Finland
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2000
President of the European Life Scientist Organisation
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2001
Schleiden Medaille awarded of Academy Leopoldina
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2001
Honorary member of the German Society for Cell Biology
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2001
ISI Highly cited researcher
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2002
Hoppe-Seyler Lecture, Society of Biology and Molecular Biology Germany
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2003
Honorary Professor at TU Dresden
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2003
Albert Wander Prize, University of Bern, Switzerland
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2003
Ayräpää Prize, Finland
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2003
Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Leuven, Belgium
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2003
Prix Mondial Nessim Habif, University of Geneva, Switzerland
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2004
Virchow Lecture and Medal, University of Würzburg, Germany
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2005
Foundation Day Lecture, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India
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2005
Laurens van Deenen Medal, Utrecht, The Netherlands
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2006
AIVirtanen Medal, Finland
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2006
Honorary member of the Societas Biochemica, Biophysica et Microbiologica Fenniae
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2007
Saxon Order of Merit
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2010
Doctor honoris causa, University of Kuopio, Finland
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2011
Doctor honoris causa, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Editorships

1977 - 1982
Editor of Journal of General Virology
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1981 - 1984
Editor of Journal of Molecular Biology
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1982 - 1985
Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of General Virology
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1976 - 1981
Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Virology
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1983 - 1986
Member of the Editorial Board of EMBO Journal
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1980 - 1988
Member of Advisory Board of Modern Cell Biology, a review series
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1985 - 1992
Associate Editor of Journal of Cell Biology
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1992 - 2000
Editor of Current Opinion in Cell Biology
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1998 - 2003
Member of Editorial Board Proc.Nat.Acad.Sci USA (PNAS)
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since 1997
Editor of Journal of Cell Science
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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
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1991 - 1997
Member and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Center for Molecular (ZMBH) of the University Heidelberg, Germany
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1991 - 1992
Member of the founding committee of the "Institute of Plant Genetics and Group Plant Research”, Gatersleben, Germany
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1992 - 1994
Member of the Life Science Panel of the Human Capital and Mobility Programme, Brussels, Belgium
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1992 - 2003
Member of the Founding and the Scientific Committee of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC), Berlin-Buch, Germany
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since 1992
Member of the EMBO Peer Review Committee
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1994 - 2000
Member of the International Advisory Board at the Basel Institute of Immunology
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1994 - 2002
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the biotechnology company BIOGEN in Cambridge, Mass., USA
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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)
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1997 - 1999
Member of the Council of the American Society for Cell Biology
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1997 - 2006
Member of the Board of the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology e.V., Jena, Germany
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1999 - 2000
The American Society for Cell biology; Committee chair of International Affairs
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1999 - 2008
President of the European Life Scientist Organization (ELSO)
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since 2000
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Biomedicum Helsinki, Finland
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since 2001
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Gulbenkian Institute in Oeiras, Portugal
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2002
Member of the Search Committee for the Director of the Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel, Switzerland
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2002
Member of the search committee for the Executive Director for the German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany
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since 2001
Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Research Center of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (BRC)
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2002 - 2010
Chairman of the BioDresden e.V. Dresden
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since 2002
Cultural Council, City of Dresden
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since 2002
Cultural Development Plan, City of Dresden
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since 2002
Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona, Spain
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since 2002
Member of the Advisory Board, Institute and Graduate School of Biomembranes, Utrecht University, Netherland
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2002 - 2004
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Centre of Excellence, University of Oulu, Finland
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2003 - 2004
Member of the External Advisory Group "Structuring the European Research Areas - Human Resources and Mobility", Brussels, Belgium
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2003 - 2005
Member of the Janelia Farm Advisory Board at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, MD, USA
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2003 - 2006
Member of the International Advisory Board of the Wellcome Trust/ Cancer Research UK Institute in Cambridge, United Kingdom
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2004 - 2006
Member of the European Science Foundation (ESF) Executive Board, Strasbourg, France
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2007 - 2009
Member of the ESF Science Advisory Board
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2004 -2009
Member of the EMBO Council, Heidelberg, Germany
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since 2006
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute of Biotechnology at the University of Helsinki
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since 2006
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Karolinska Institutet Sumitomo Pharmaceuticals Alzheimer Center (KASPAC)
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2006 - 2010
Member of ERC Starting Grants Evaluation Panel
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since 2007
Chair of Scientific Advisory Board - Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM)
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2007 - 2008
Co-director Shanghai Institute for Advanced studies, Chinese Academy of Sciences
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2008 - 2010
Chair of ERC Starting Grants Evaluation Panel
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2010 - 2012
Member of board of biosaxony e.V. Dresden
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2011
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Biotechnology Center Dresden, Germany
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2012
Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of The Danish Stem Cell Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
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2012
Member of the Scientific committee of the Hospital A.C.Camargo, São Paulo, Brazil
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2012
Honorary chairman of biosaxony e.V. Dresden

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