Curriculum Vitae


Prof. Dr. rer. nat


Date of birth:    October 23, 1940      

Place of birth:   Endersdorf, Germany


Academic Education and Appointments


B.Sc., M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry, University of Heidelberg



Ph.D. in Chemistry (Elucidation of the Structure of Phorbol), University of Heidelberg


1968 – 1970       

Research Associate at the German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, (Institute of Biochemistry;

Director E. Hecker)


1971 – 1973       

Postdoc at McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, Madison, Wisconsin, USA (with E.C. and J.A.



1974 – 1980       

Scientist at WHO, Unit of Chemical Carcinogenesis, IARC, Lyon, France



Habilitation in Experimental Oncology, Medical School in Hannover, Germany; docent and external faculty member


1981 – 1993       

Unit Chief at WHO, Unit of Environmental Carcinogenesis and Host Factors, IARC, Lyon, France


1993 – 2005       

Full Professor (Chair) at Heidelberg University; Head of the Division of “Toxicology and Cancer Risk Factors”, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, with emphasis on research fields: (1) genetic cancer susceptibility markers, (2) DNA damage and genetic alterations in human tumorigenesis, (3) biomarkers for cancer etiology and prevention, (4) cancer chemoprevention/characterization of new preventive agents.

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