Professor Dr. Peter H. Seeberger

Vizepräsident der DFG seit 2021

Professor Dr. Peter H. Seeberger

Professor Dr. Peter H. Seeberger

Max-Planck Institute for Colloids
and Interfaces
Department for Biomolecular Systems

Freie Universität Berlin
Department for Biomolecular Systems
Inst. for Chemistry + Biochem.


Year Discription
1995 Ph.D. in Biochemistry
University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
Thesis advisor: Prof. M.H. Caruthers
1989 B.S. in Chemistry
University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, D


Year Discription
Since 2009 Director, Department for Biomolecular Systems
Max-Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, D
Since 2009 Professor of Chemistry
Free University of Berlin, Berlin, D
2019 - 2020
(and 2011 - 2012)
Managing Director
Max-Planck Inst. for Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, D
Since 2011 Honorary Professor of Chemistry
Potsdam University, Potsdam, D
2003 - 2014 Affiliate Professor
The Burnham Institute, La Jolla, USA
2003 - 2009 Chair, Laboratory for Organic Chemistry
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, CH
2002 - 2003 Firmenich Associate Professor of Chemistry (tenured)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
1998 - 2002 Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
1995 - 1997 Research Fellow
Sloan-Kettering Institute f. Cancer Research, New York; USA Mentor: Prof. S.J. Danishefsky

Awards and Honors

Year Discription
2021 ACS Award for Affordable Green Chemistry
2020 Emil-Fischer-Medaille, German Chemical Society
2019 The Barry Cohen Prize, MedChem Section Israel Ch. Soc.
2019 Melville L. Wolfrom Award, ACS Carbohydrate Division
2018 Gusi Peace Prize, Phillipines
2018 Ernst Hellmut Vits-Prize, Univ. Münster
2017 Wissenschaftspreis des Stifterverbandes
2015 Humanity in Science Award
2013 Member, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences
2013 C. S. Hamilton Award for Organic Chemistry Univ. Nebraska
2012 “Honorary Visiting Professor”, Jiangnan University
2012 Whistler Award, Int. Carb. Organization
2011 Hans Herloff Inhoffen-Medal, TU Braunschweig
2010 Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award Bioorg. Med. Chem.
2009 Claude S. Hudson Award in Carbohydrate Chemistry (ACS)
2009 Honorary Lifetime Member, Israel Chemical Society
2008 Karl-Heinz Beckurts Prize
2008 ERC Advanced Grant
2008 “The 100 Most Important Swiss 2008” Schweizer Illustrierte
2008 UCB-Ehrlich Award for Excellence in Medicinal Chemistry
2007 Yoshimasa Hirata Gold Medal, Nagoya University
2007 “The 100 Most Important Swiss 2007” Schweizer Illustrierte
2007 Körber European Science Award
2007 Havinga Medal, Leiden University
2006 Astra Zeneca Organic Chemistry Award
2006 President of 2006, Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences
2005 European Society for Combinatorial Sciences Award
2005 Carbohydrate Research Award for Creativity Carboh. Chem.
2004 Otto-Klung Weberbank Prize for Chemistry
2003 Horace B. Isbell Award (ACS Carbohydrate Division)
2003 Arthur C. Cope Young Scholar Award (ACS)
2002 Merck Academic Development Program Award
2002 Robert P. Goldberg Grand Prize (MIT 50K Competition)
2002 Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award
2002 Alfred P. Sloan Research Scholar
2002 Glaxo-Smith-Kline Research Scholar Award
2000 CaP CURE Research Award
1999 CaP CURE Research Award
1999 Research Corporation “Research Innovation Award”
1999 Technology Review Top 100 Young Innovator Award
1999 Edgerly Science Partnership Fund Award
1999 Mizutani Foundation for Glycoscience Award
1998 CaP CURE Research Award
1997 Liebig Fellow
1990 - 1992 Fulbright Scholar
1987 - 1992 Bavarian Government Scholar

Visiting Professorships

Year Discription
2021 - 2022 Newton-Abraham Visiting Professor, Oxford University (UK)
2018 Distinguished Visiting Professor, IIT Bombay (India)
2015 26th George Büchi Visiting Professor in Organic Chemistry,
MIT, Cambridge, MA (USA)
Since 2012 Griffith University, Gold Coast (Australia)
2013 Université Sorbonne: Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris 6 (France)
2011 Singapore National University (Singapore)
2010 Instit. for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), Kyoto University, Kyoto (Japan)
2010 CSIRO Melbourne (Australia)
2010 Melbourne University (Australia)
2003 - 2006 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
1998 Rheinische-Wilhelms University Bonn (Germany)

Named Lectures

Year Discription
2020 Barluenga Lectureship, Univ. de Oviedo, Spain
2020 Sunney Chan Lecture, Academia Sinica Taipei, Taiwan
2020 Henry Kuiivila Lecture, SUNY Albany, NY, USA
2020 Novartis Lecture, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
2019 H.C. Brown Lecture, Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN, USA
2018 Andy Derome Lectures, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
2017 Otto-Warburg-Lecture, University Bayreuth, Germany
2017 Tony Holý Lecture, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, CR
2016 Howard Mem. Lectures, Univ. of Sydney and NSW, Australia
2015 The Hassel Lectures, Univ. of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
2014 Novartis Lecture, Univ. of Pennsylvan, Philadelphia, PA, USA
2014 Dean's Disting. Lecture, Temple Univ., Philadelphia, PA, USA
2013 Csaba Horvath Memorial Lect., ACS-HU, Budapest, Hungary
2013 Durham Lectures, Durham University, UK
2013 Scynexis Lecturer, Univ. North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
2013 C. S. Hamilton Lectureship, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
2012 Abbott-Lilly Lecture, Univ. of Pittsburgh, PA, USA
2011 Merck Organic Chem. Lect., Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison USA
2011 Sigma-Aldrich Lecture, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison USA
2011 Mashelkar Endowment Lecture, Nat. Chem. Lab., Pune, India
2011 Dillon Steele Lecture, Univ of Queensland, Brisbane, Austr.
2011 Organic Syntheses Lecture, Wayne State Univ., Detroit, USA
2011 Hans Herloff Inhoffen Lecture, Braunschweig, Germany
2011 BBVA Lecture, Bilbao, Spain
2009 Backer Lecture, Univ. of Groningen, Nederlands
2009 Jack Fox Presidential Lecture, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
2008 Bristol-Meyers-Squibb Lecture, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2008 Bristol-Meyers-Squibb Lecture, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
2008 McRae Lecture, Queens University, CA
2008 Boehringer Ingelheim Lecture, Universite de Montreal, CA
2008 Astra Zeneca Lecture, Sheffield University, UK
2007 Yoshimasa Hirata Memorial Lecture, Nagoya Univ., Japan
2007 Lemieux Biotechnology Lect., Univ. of Alberta, Edmonton, CA
2007 David Ginsburg Annual Lectureship, Technion, Israel
2005 Griess Lectures, RSC East Midlands Section, UK
2005 Amgen Lecture, Stanford University, CA, USA
2004 Lilly Lecture, Universität Braunschweig, Germany
2002 Novartis Lecture, Yale University, CT, USA
2002 Haynes-Morris Lecture, University of Tennessee, TN, USA
2001 Sigma-Xi Lecture, MIT, MA, USA

Editorial Work

Year Discription
Since 2011 Editor-in-Chief; Beilstein J. of Organic Chemistry
Since 2010 Editorial Board, ACS Chemical Biology
Since 2011 Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Carbohydrate Chemistry
Since 2011 Journal of Flow Chemistry, Editorial Advisory Board
Since 2011 ChemBioChem, Editorial Advisory Board
Since 2014 Synthesis/Synlett, Editorial Advisory Board
Since 2015 Chemical Reviews, Editorial Advisory Board
Since 2015 Chem, Editorial Board
Since 2006 Current Opinion in Chemical Biology, Editorial Advisory Board
2007 - 2018 Board of Consulting Editors, Bioorg. & Med. Chem. Letters
2007 - 2018 Board of Consulting Editors, Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
2004 - 2017 Adv. Carbohydrate Chem.Biochem., Editorial Advisory Board
2003 - 2010 Editor, Journal of Carbohydrate Chemistry
2007 - 2010 Board of Editors, HFSP Journal
2002 - 2005 Associate Editor, Chemistry & Biology
2001 - 2007 Carbohydrate Research, Editorial Advisory Board
2002 - 2009 Current Organic Synthesis, Editorial Advisory Board
2002 - 2009 Mini Reviews in Organic Chemistry, Editorial Advisory Board
2003 - 2009 QSAR& Combinatorial Science, Editorial Advisory BoardSA
2005 - 2015 Journal of Biotechnology, Editorial Advisory Board
2006 - 2009 Board of Editors, ACS Chemical Biology
2007 - 2009 Current Chemical Biology, Editorial Advisory Board
2007 - 2009 The Open Cell and Developmental Biology Journal, Editorial Advisory Board
2007 - 2009 The Open Medicinal Chemistry Journ, Editorial Advisory Board
2008 - 2011 Beilstein J. of Organic Chemistry, Editorial Advisory Board
2009 - 2015 Macromolecular Biosciences, International Advisory Board

Selected Publications

  • Plante, O.J.; Palmacci, E.R.; Seeberger, P.H.; Automated Solid-Phase Synthesis of Oligosaccharides; Science 2001, 291, 1523-1527.
  • Schofield, L.; Hewitt, M.C.; Evans, K.; Siomos, M.A.; Seeberger, P.H.; Synthetic GPI as a Candidate Anti-toxic Vaccine in a Model of Malaria; Nature, 2002, 418, 785-789.
  • de Paz, J.L.; Noti, C.; Seeberger, P.H.; Microarrays of Synthetic Heparin Oligosaccharides; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 2766-2767
  • Levesque, F.; Seeberger, P.H.; Continuous flow synthesis of the antimalarial drug artemisinin; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 1706-1709.
  • Hofmann, J.; Hahm, H.S.; Seeberger, P.H.; Pagel, K.; Identification of Carbohydrate Anomers Using Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry; Nature 2015, 526, 241-244.
  • Hahm, H.S.; Schlegel, M.K.; Hurevich, M.; Eller, S.; Schuhmacher, F.; Hofmann, J.; Pagel, K.; Seeberger, P.H.; Automated Glycan Assembly Using the Glyconeer 2.1® Synthesizer; Proc Nat Acad Sci USA, 2017, 114, E3385-E3389
  • Schumann, B.; Hahm, H.S.; Parameswarappa, S.G.; Reppe, K.; Wahlbrink, A.; Govindan, S.; Kaplonek, P.; Pirofski, L.-a.; Witzenrath, M.; Anish, C.; Pereira, C.L.; Seeberger, P.H.; A Semisynthetic Streptococcus pneumoniae Serotype 8 Glycoconjugate Vaccine Candidate; Science Transl. Med. 2017, 9, eaaf5347
  • Chatterjee, S.; Guidi, M.; Seeberger, P.H.; Gilmore, K.; Automated Radial Synthesis of Complex Organic Molecules; Nature 2020, 579, 379–384.
  • Wu, X. Delbianco, M.; Anggara, K.; Michnowicz, T.; Pardo-Vargas, A.; Bharate, P.; Sen, S.; Pristl, M.; Rauschenbach, S.; Schlickum, U.; Abb, S.; Seeberger, P.H.; Kern, K.; Imaging Single Glycans; Nature 2020, 582, 375–378.
  • Zhu, Y.; Delbianco, M.; Seeberger, P.H.; Automated Assembly of Starch and Glycogen Polysaccharides; J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2021, 143, in press.
  • Further publications by Prof. Dr. Peter H. Seeberger