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Professor Dr. Katja Becker

Vice President of the DFG since 2014

Academic Vita

1998Medical specialization in Biochemistry
1996Habilitation in Biochemistry, Heidelberg University
1992 - 1993Medical assistant University Children’s Hospital, Heidelberg; clinical and research work in Nigeria und Ghana
1988 - 1991Clinical and research work in Sydney, Katherine (Royal Flying Doctor Service, Australia), Basel and Oxford
1991MD-thesis (PhD equivalent) in Medical Biochemistry, Heidelberg University
1984 - 1991Medical education, Heidelberg University
1984Abitur, Kurpfalz Gymnasium Schriesheim/Heidelberg

Occupational History

2009 - 2012Vice President for Research, Giessen University
2005 - 2006Sabbatical at the Department of Cell Biology, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA, Prof. John Yates III
Since 2000Full (C4/W3)-Professor of „Biochemistry and Molecular Biology“, Giessen University
1999 - 2000Junior Group Leader at the Research Centre for Infectious Diseases, Würzburg University
1999Associate professor (C2) at the Biochemistry Center, Heidelberg University
19946 months postdoctoral work, Institute of Pathology, Sydney University
1993 - 1999Assistant professor at the Centre of Biochemistry, Heidelberg University

Service to the Profession

Since 2014Speaker DFG Priority Program 1710 “Dynamics of Thiol-based Redox Switches in Cellular Physiology”
Since 2013Member of the Scientific Advisory Board Kerckhoff Herzforschungsinstitut, Bad Nauheim
Since 2010Mentoring for female early career researchers (ProProfessur und SciMento)
2009 - 2012Vice President for Research, Giessen University
Since 2007Speaker of the Section „Bioresources and Biotechnology“ of the Giessen Graduate Center for the Life Sciences
seit 2007Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German “Center for International Development and Environmental Research”
Since 2005Implementation of the Graduate Course „Applied Life Sciences“ at the Interdisciplinary Research Centre, Giessen University
2004 - 2005Speaker of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre, Giessen University


2010Rudolf Leuckart Medal of the German Society of Parasitology
seit 2009Member of the German National Academy of Sciences “Leopoldina”
2004Carus Price
2003Carus Medal of the German Academy for Natural Scientists “Leopoldina”
2000 - 2005Member of the “Junge Akademie” at the “Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften” and the “Leopoldina”
1994Boehringer Mannheim Research Scholarship
1989Ludolf Krehl Price „Südwestdeutsche Gesellschaft für Innere Medizin“

Memberships in Learned Societies

  • Leopoldina, German National Academy of Sciences

  • German Society for Parasitology

  • German Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health

  • German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  • International Society for Free Radical Research