Scientific Director (interim)
Prof. Dr. Michael Boutros
Michael Boutros studied biology and biochemistry with a fellowship of the “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes” at the Universities of Aachen, Witten/Herdecke and New York, and subsequently did his PhD at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg. With a scholarship from the German Research Foundation (DFG), he then worked as a postdoc at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. In 2003, he joined the DKFZ, where he built up a “tenure track” junior research group with the support of the DFG Emmy Noether Program. Since 2008, he has been a professor at the University of Heidelberg and a departmental head at the DKFZ. In 2007, Boutros received the Johann Zimmermann Cancer Research Award; in 2012, he was awarded a €2.5 million Advanced Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). Since 2013, he has been an elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO). Supported by a McCloy Academic Scholarship, Boutros additionally received a “Master of Public Administration (MPA)” from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2001. He also participated in a program of the Leadership Academy of the Helmholtz Association.
Assistants to the Scientific Director:
Dr. Anja Braun
Tel. +49(0)6221 42-2163
Prof. Dr. Josef Puchta
Josef Puchta has been Administrative Director since August 1996.
Josef Puchta – born in 1954 in Altötting, Germany – studied economics at the universities of Augsburg and Erlangen-Nuremberg. He received the doctoral degree of Dr. rer. pol. from the University of Oldenburg where he worked at the Institute of Comparative Political Studies. In 1983 and 1984 Dr. Puchta conducted research in Canada.
From 1987 until 1992 he worked in Berlin for the German Foundation for International Development (DSE) and at the Senate Department of Economics and Technology of the State of Berlin.
In 1992, Josef Puchta was appointed Administrative Director of the German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE) in Potsdam.
From 2001 to 2003 Puchta served as vice spokesman of commercial directors and member of the board of directors of the Helmholtz Association.
Assistant to the Administrative Director:
Dr. Eva-Maria Hartinger
Tel. +49(0)6221 42-2621