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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