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Systems Biology of Signal Transduction

Prof. Dr. Ursula Klingmüller

Prof. Dr. Ursula Klingmüller

Prof. Dr. Ursula Klingmüller


Head of Group


Systems Biology of Signal Transduction

Curriculum vitae


2004 Venia Legendi in Cell Biology, Heidelberg University

2000 Habilitation and Venia Legendi in Molecular Biology and Genetics, University of  Freiburg

1992 Graduate Studies at Heidelberg University, Doctoral Thesis in Molecular Virology

1988 Diploma in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Virology, Heidelberg University

1985 Bachelor of Science, University of Bayreuth


Major previous Appointments:

2011 -           W3 Professor, Heidelberg University, Germany

2003 - 2007 Group Leader of the Boveri-Group "Systems Biology and Signal Transduction", DKFZ

1996 - 2003 Group Leader of an Independent Junior Group (Hans-Spemann-Laboratories), Max-Planck-Institute of Immunobiology, Freiburg, Germany

1993 - 1996 Postdoctoral fellow, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Cambridge, USA

1992 - 1993 Postdoctoral fellow, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA


Honors and Awards (selection):

2020 -          Elected EMBO Member

2020 - 2024 Re-election as Member of the German Ethics Council

2016 - 2020  Election as Member of the German Ethics Council

2012 - 2017 Election as Member of the DFG "Hinterzartener Kreis of Cancer Research"



Scientific Commissions:


2007- 2015 Board of Trustees German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)

2014 - 2022 Chair of the Executive Womens's Initiative at DKFZ


University of Heidelberg

2008 -       Coordination (together with Prof. Ursula Kummer) of Major Systems Biology in the Master Program Molecular Bioscience


Activities in the Research System

Election as Co-Spokesperson for the Research Area B at the DKFZ in 2022.

From 2014 to 2022  chair of the Executive Women's Initiative at DKFZ that aims at increasing visibility of women at DKFZ. One of the highlights was the organization of the international conference "Frontiers in Cancer Research", (FCR), Heidelberg, Germany, in 2018, that was supported by the DFG.

Co-Chair of the Organisation Committee of the EMBO Workshop in Split, Croatia in 2021 and 2023. In 2022 Chair of the Scientific Organization Committee of the International Conference "Systems Biology of Mammalian Cells" (SBMC) in Heidelberg, Germany.

2020/2021 Panel Member of the European Research Council


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