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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