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Management Board

Chairman and Scientific Director

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Michael Baumann

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Michael Baumann
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After completing his medical studies at the University of Hamburg, Professor Michael Baumann obtained his Doctorate in Medicine in 1988. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital at the Harvard Medical School in Boston. After his training as a specialist for radiotherapy he habilitated in 1994 in Hamburg. In 1995, he changed to the Faculty of Medicine Carl Gustav Carus in Dresden as Head of Experimental Radiooncology. In 2001 the Dresden University of Technology appointed Michael Baumann as Professor for Radiooncology. During his time as Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus, director at the Institute for Radiooncology at the Helmholtz Center Dresden-Rossendorf, as well as director of the OncoRay Center, he significantly contributed to the radiooncological research in Dresden. Furthermore, he was the founding director of the University Cancer Center Dresden and spokesperson of the DKTK and NCT partner site Dresden. His research focuses on translational-orientated experimental radiotherapy and radiobiology, as well as the treatment of lung and head and neck cancer.

Michael Baumann has been honored with numerous scientific awards including the Michael Fry Research Award of the Radiation Research Society, the Breur Gold Medal and Regaud Medal Award of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. In 2004, he was appointed as a member of the National Academy of Science (Leopoldina) and has been President of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO), the European CanCer Organisation (ECCO) and the German Society for Radiation Oncology (DEGRO). In 2022, the University of Aarhus, Denmark, awarded him an honorary doctorate.

He has been Chairman and Scientific Director of DKFZ since November 1st 2016.

Assistants to the Scientific Director: 

Dr. Michael Brysch
Tel. +49(0)6221 42-1671
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Dr. Sabine Gajewski
Tel. +49(0)6221 42-1694
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Nicole Tänzler
Phone: +49(0)6221 42-2841
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Administrative Director

Ursula Weyrich

Ursula Weyrich
© Jutta Jung/DKFZ

Ursula Weyrich studied law in Mainz and Clermont-Ferrand, completing her legal training in 1998 with the bar examination. She initially worked as a lawyer, specializing in labor, corporate, and tax law, before moving to the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) as policy officer, where she was responsible, among other things, for the merger of the GMD Research Center Information Technology with the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. After a period spent working as the personal assistant to the permanent secretary at BMBF, she became head of division at BMBF in 2006. In that capacity, she was responsible for the Helmholtz centers in Jülich and Karlsruhe, the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP), and for setting up the W7-X fusion experiment in Greifswald. Her responsibilities also included assisting with the merger of the University of Karlsruhe and the Research Center Karlsruhe to form the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

At the end of 2008, as an administrative founding board member, Ursula Weyrich assumed responsibility for setting up the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases. She was Administrative Managing Director of the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research and the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe (FAIR) GmbH in Darmstadt since November 2014 and has been Administrative Director of DKFZ since January 1st 2020.

Assistants to the Administrative Director:

Dr. Leonie Backeberg
Phone: +49(0)6221 42-2668
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Christopher Markert
Phone: +49(0)6221 42-2460
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Dr. Nadine Radomski
Phone: +49(0)6221 42-2605
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Tina Berdel
Phone: +49(0)6221 42-2861
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