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Research Group Leader and Director Emeritus

Personal Information

Name: Simons
First name: Kai
Date of birth: May 24, 1938
Born in: Helsinki, Finland
Nationality: Finnish
Civil status: Married to Carola Simons born Smeds, three children

Address:
Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
Pfotenhauerstr. 108, 01307 Dresden

Telephone: +49 351 210 2800
Fax: +49 351 210 2900

Email: simonsmpi-cbg.de

EDUCATION

1964
M.D., University of Helsinki

RESEARCH POSITIONS

1965 – 1967
Postdoctoral Research fellow at the Rockefeller University in New York (Prof. A.G. Bearn)

1967 – 1975
Investigator at the Finnish Medical Research Council, University of Helsinki

1971 – 1972
Acting Professor of Biochemistry, Medical Faculty, University of Helsinki

1976 – 1979
Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Helsinki

1975 – 2000
Research Group Leader at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg

1982 – 1998
Coordinator of the Cell Biology Programme, at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg

1998 – 2006
Director of the MPI-CBG

PRESENT POSITION

since 1998
Research Group Leader at the MPI-CBG

MEMBERSHIP IN SOCIETIES

1975
European Molecular Biology Organisation

1978
Societas Scientarium Fennica

1987
Heidelberg Academy of Sciences

1996
American Academy of Art and Science

1997
Academia Europaea

1997
Foreign Member of the National Academy of Sciences, USA

1998
German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

2006 – present
Member / Fellow of ScanBalt Academy

HONOURS

1975
Federation of European Biochemical Society Anniversary Prize

1984
Honorary Professor, University of Heidelberg

1989
Lamport Visiting Professor (Columbia, New York)

1990
Histochemical Society Lecture

1990
Keith Porter Lecturer, American Society of Cell Biology

1991
Anders Jahre Prize for Medical Research

1991
NICHD Lectureship in Cell Biology

1993
Carl Zeiss Lecture, German Society for Cell Biology

1994
HARVEY SOCIETY Lecture

1996
Dunham Lecturer, Harvard University

1996
Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

1997
Runeberg Prize, Finland

1997
Adam Neville Lecture, University of Dundee, UK

1998
Choh Hao Li Memorial Lecture in Biochemical Endocrinology, University of California at Berkeley

1999
Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Oulu, Finland

2000
President of the European Life Scientist Organisation

2001
Schleiden Medaille awarded of Academy Leopoldina

2001
Honorary member of the German Society for Cell Biology

2001
ISI Highly cited researcher

2002
Hoppe-Seyler Lecture, Society of Biology and Molecular Biology Germany

2003
Honorary Professor at TU Dresden

2003
Albert Wander Prize, University of Bern, Switzerland

2003
Ayräpää Prize, Finland

2003
Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Leuven, Belgium

2003
Prix Mondial Nessim Habif, University of Geneva, Switzerland

2004
Virchow Lecture and Medal, University of Würzburg, Germany

2005
Foundation Day Lecture, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India

2005
Laurens van Deenen Medal, Utrecht, The Netherlands

2006
AIVirtanen Medal, Finland

2006
Honorary member of the Societas Biochemica, Biophysica et Microbiologica Fenniae

2007
Saxon Order of Merit

2010
Doctor honoris causa, University of Kuopio, Finland

2011
Doctor honoris causa, University of Geneva, Switzerland

EDITORSHIPS

1977 – 1982
Editor of Journal of General Virology

1981 – 1984
Editor of Journal of Molecular Biology

1982 – 1985
Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of General Virology

1976 – 1981
Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Virology

1983 – 1986
Member of the Editorial Board of EMBO Journal

1980 – 1988
Member of Advisory Board of Modern Cell Biology, a review series

1985 – 1992
Associate Editor of Journal of Cell Biology

1992 – 2000
Editor of Current Opinion in Cell Biology

1998 – 2003
Member of Editorial Board Proc.Nat.Acad.Sci USA (PNAS)

since 1997
Editor of Journal of Cell Science

2001 – 2009
Molecular & Cellular Proteomics

RECENT MEMBERSHIPS IN COMMITTEES ETC.

1990 – 1991
Official expert of the task force Life Science and Medicine of the Advisory Council on Sciences in the GDR

1991 – 1997
Member and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Center for Molecular (ZMBH) of the University Heidelberg, Germany

1991 – 1992
Member of the founding committee of the “Institute of Plant Genetics and Group Plant Research”, Gatersleben, Germany

1992 – 1994
Member of the Life Science Panel of the Human Capital and Mobility Programme, Brussels, Belgium

1992 – 2003
Member of the Founding and the Scientific Committee of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC), Berlin-Buch, Germany

since 1992
Member of the EMBO Peer Review Committee

1994 – 2000
Member of the International Advisory Board at the Basel Institute of Immunology

1994 – 2002
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the biotechnology company BIOGEN in Cambridge, Mass., USA

1994
Member of the Interim Scientific Advisory Board for establishing a European Laboratory for Molecular Marine Biology in Bergen, Norway

President of the ECBO 1995 Conference (2000 participants in Heidelberg)

1997 – 1999
Member of the Council of the American Society for Cell Biology

1997 – 2006
Member of the Board of the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology e.V., Jena, Germany

1999 – 2000
The American Society for Cell biology; Committee chair of International Affairs

1999 – 2008
President of the European Life Scientist Organization (ELSO)

since 2000
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Biomedicum Helsinki, Finland

since 2001
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Gulbenkian Institute in Oeiras, Portugal

2002
Member of the Search Committee for the Director of the Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel, Switzerland

2002
Member of the search committee for the Executive Director for the German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany

since 2001
Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Research Center of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (BRC)

2002 – 2010
Chairman of the BioDresden e.V. Dresden

since 2002
Cultural Council, City of Dresden

since 2002
Cultural Development Plan, City of Dresden

since 2002
Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona, Spain

since 2002
Member of the Advisory Board, Institute and Graduate School of Biomembranes, Utrecht University, Netherland

2002 – 2004
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Centre of Excellence, University of Oulu, Finland

2003 – 2004
Member of the External Advisory Group “Structuring the European Research Areas – Human Resources and Mobility”, Brussels, Belgium

2003 – 2005
Member of the Janelia Farm Advisory Board at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, MD, USA

2003 – 2006
Member of the International Advisory Board of the Wellcome Trust/ Cancer Research UK Institute in Cambridge, United Kingdom

2004 – 2006
Member of the European Science Foundation (ESF) Executive Board, Strasbourg, France

2007 – 2009
Member of the ESF Science Advisory Board

2004 -2009
Member of the EMBO Council, Heidelberg, Germany

since 2006
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute of Biotechnology at the University of Helsinki

since 2006
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Karolinska Institutet Sumitomo Pharmaceuticals Alzheimer Center (KASPAC)

2006 – 2010
Member of ERC Starting Grants Evaluation Panel

since 2007
Chair of Scientific Advisory Board – Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM)

2007 – 2008
Co-director Shanghai Institute for Advanced studies, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2008 – 2010
Chair of ERC Starting Grants Evaluation Panel

2010 – 2012
Member of board of biosaxony e.V. Dresden

2011
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Biotechnology Center Dresden, Germany

2012
Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of The Danish Stem Cell Center, Copenhagen, Denmark

2012
Member of the Scientific committee of the Hospital A.C.Camargo, São Paulo, Brazil

2012
Honorary chairman of biosaxony e.V. Dresden


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