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Institute of Physiological Chemistry
 

Curriculum vitae Prof. Müller

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Werner E. G. Müller
Holder of an ERC Advanced Grant

1961–1967

Study of biology and chemistry, University of Mainz (Ph.D. 1967).

1967–1971

Res. Assistant at the Inst. for Physiol. Chemistry, Mainz University.

1971–1975

Assoc. Professor, Institute for Physiol. Chemistry, Mainz University.

1975–1976

Sabbaticals, Yamagiwa-Yoshida Memorial International Cancer Study Grant, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky. (Prof. F.J. Bollum) USA.

1977

Head of the Department "Applied Molecular Biology", Institute for Physiological Chemistry, University of Mainz.1989-1995

1977 and 1982

Research visitor at the Institute of Microbial Chemistry (Prof. Dr. H. Umezawa), Tokyo, Japan.

1986–1991

Visiting professor at the National Cancer Research Institute (Prof. T. Sugimura; Dr. S. Nishimura; Dr. Y. Kuchino), Tokyo, Japan.

1993–1999

Visiting professor (Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science), Graduate School of Medicine (Prof. H. Ushijima), University of Tokyo.

Research fields

My research activities focus on:

  • Deep metazoan phylogeny in order to "reconstruct" and define the genetic repertoire of the Urmetazoa (ancestry of Metazoa)
  • Template-directed biomineralization processes, in particular biosilicification in marine and freshwater demosponges and, more recently, formation of the mineral skeletons of deep-sea glass sponges, but also other mineralization processes
  • Development of novel applications of the enzymes/proteins involved in biosilica formation in nanobiotechnology and nanomedicine

Activities in the scientific community, honors, awards

1972

Boehringer Award for Excellence in Pathophysiology Research

1977

J.-G.-Zimmermann Award for Excellence in Cancer Research

1980

Max-Bürger Award for Gerontology

1986

Institute Ruder Boškovic-Medal in Gold; Zagreb

1986

Kani-Medal of the Foundation for Promotion of Cancer Res.; Tokyo

1993

Research Award of the University of Zagreb.

1996

Res. Award from "International Human Frontier Science Program"

1996

Award for Science and Research, Croatian Academy of Science

2002

Innovation Prize of the Federal State Rheinland-Pfalz

2005

Spiridion Brusina Medal from the Croatian Society of Geneticists

2011

Selection of his Center of Excellence “BIOTECmarin – Biomaterials from the Sea” as a “Landmark” in the national campaign “Germany - Land of Ideas”

2012

Friendship Award, the P.R. China's highest award for foreign experts

since 2011

Holder of an ERC Advanced Grant

since 1970

Editor or member of the Editorial Boards of a series of Journals and Book Series (e.g., Nucleic Acids Research; Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology [Editor-in-Chief]; Mechanism of Ageing and Development [Editor-in-Chief]; Cellular and Molecular Biology [Co-Editor]; Biomedical Materials [Board member])

1990

Member of the Akademie gemeinnütziger Wissenschaften zu Erfurt [Senat]

1996

Member of the Croatian Academy of Science and Arts

1998

Member of the Belarus Medical Academy

2010

Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

2010

Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Geosciences

2012

Guest professor at Tsinghua University Beijing

2013

President of IMBA (International Marine Biotechnology Association)

Project coordination:
Coordinator of numerous international (EU) and national projects, among them the German Center of Excellence “BIOTECmarin” and the ongoing EU FP7 projects “BlueGenics” (large-scale integrating project) on exploiting marine genomics for nano-biomedical applications (such as the therapy of osteoporosis), “Bio-Scaffold” (rapid prototyping/3D printing in bone tissue engineering) and the two ERC projects “BIOSILICA” (ERC Advanced Investigator grant) and Si-Bone-PoC (ERC-Proof-of-Concept project on the development of biosilica-based approaches for treatment of bone diseases)

Publications:
> 1000 peer reviewed publications, > 20 granted patents [Hirsch h-index: 64 (ISI Web of Science)]