Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne

Prof. Dr. Björn Schumacher - Curriculum Vitae

Education and professional career

since 2023: Speaker, DFG Research Unit FOR 5504 on Physiological Causes and Consequences of Genome Instability
2014-2016: Acting Director of the CECAD Research Center, University of Cologne
since 2013: W3-Professor for Genome Stability in Aging and Disease, University of Cologne
since 2012: Executive board member of the Excellence Cluster CECAD
2012 -2017: Coordinator of the initial training network on chronic DNA damage responses in Aging (FP7-ITN-CodeAge;
2009 - 2013: Independent junior research group leader in the Cologne Excellence Cluster ‘Cellular Stress Responses in Aging-Associated Diseases’ (CECAD), University of Cologne
2005 - 2008: EMBO long-term postdoctoral Fellowship and Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship
2004 - 2008: Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Jan Hoeijmakers, Department of Genetics, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2004: PhD degree, Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry and Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich
2000 - 2004: PhD student with Dr. Anton Gartner, Department of Cell Biology, Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany
1999 - 2000: PhD thesis work with Dr. Michael Hengartner and Dr. Anton Gartner, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York, USA
1999: Master of Arts in Biological Sciences; Dr. Dafna Bar-Sagi, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, SUNY Stony Brook
1998 - 1999: Visiting scholar, State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook, USA
1995 - 1998: Studies in Biology, University of Konstanz, Germany

Awards, distinctions and professional activities

2019: Eva Luise Köhler Forschungspreis / Research Award
since 2018: F1000 Faculty member for Developmental Biology, Aging Section
since 2016: Vice-President of the German Society for DNA Repair (DGDR)
since 2016: Science Network of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (Think Tank)
2016: MEP-Scientists Pairing Scheme of the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) of the European Parliament  
2016 - 2017: Selection committee, Institut Pasteur, France
since 2015: Review panel, Agence Nationale De La Recherche (ANR), France
2015 - 2017: Elected member of the Faculty Council, Faculty of Medicine, University of Cologne
since 2014: President of the German Society for Aging Research (DGfA)
2014 - 2018: Scientific advisory board, Frankfurter Zukunftsrat (Future Think Tank)
2011 - 2017: European Research Council (ERC) Starting Independent Researcher Grant  
2009: Innovation Prize of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia
1999 - 2000: Research and Tuition scholarship stipend, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY, USA
1998 - 1999: DAAD scholarship, SUNY Stony Brook, NY, USA


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