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Dr. C. Nüsslein-Volhard


Abteilung 3 (Genetics)
Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology
Spemannstr. 35
72076 Tübingen
Federal Republic of Germany

Phone: +49-7071-601-487 / 489
Fax: +49-7071-601-384

  • Study of Biology, Chemistry, Physics in Frankfurt/M, Diploma in Biochemistry, University of Tübingen, 1969. PhD (Genetics) Tübingen, 1973.
  • Postdoc in the laboratories of Walter Gehring, Basel, and Klaus Sander, Freiburg. Group leader at the EMBL, Heidelberg (1978-1981) and the FML of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in Tübingen (1981-1984).
  • Since 1985 Director at the Max Planck Institute of Developmental Biology, Tübingen. Her research interests concern the molecular and genetic analysis of development. The research presently focusses on the establishment of cell polarity in Drosophila, and organ formation, growth and cell migration in the zebrafish, a new vertebrate model organism.

    For the discovery of genes that control development in animals and humans, and the demonstration of morphogen gradients in the fly embryo she has received a number of awards and honors, among others the Albert Lasker Medical Research Award, New York (USA), the Prix Louis Jeantet de Médecine, Geneva (Switzerland), the Ernst Schering Price, Berlin (Germany), and the Nobel Price for Medicine or Physiology in 1995. She is recipient of honorary degrees of the Universities Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Rockefeller (USA), Utrecht (the Netherlands), UC London, Oxford and Sheffield (UK), Freiburg and Munich (Germany). Memberships: foreign member of the Royal Society, London (UK), and the National Academy, Washington (USA); member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO), the Leopoldina, Halle, the Berlin/Brandenburg Academy, the Order Pour Le Mérite, Berlin, and the Académie des Sciences, Paris. She was secretary general of the EMBO until 2009 and president of the Gesellschaft deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte until 2008. She has been a member of the Senate of the Max Planck Society, the National Ethics Council of Germany and several advisory boards and committees. Since 2005 she is member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC). In 2010 she was elected to be vice chancellor of the Order Pour Le Mérite. In 2004 Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard has founded the CNV-Foundation to support women in Science with children.

Interests: Music (Voice, Flute), Literature, Gardening, Cooking. Since 2010 she is head of the curatorium of the International HugoWolf Academy in Stuttgart, Germany.

Scientific articles

more than 100 original scientific articles, some popular scientific comments in newspapers (FAZ, Die Zeit).


Von Genen und Embryonen, Reclam: Stuttgart 2004.

Das Werden des Lebens: Wie Gene die Entwicklung steuern, C.H. Beck: München 2004.

Coming to life: how genes drive development, Kales Press: USA 2006.

Mein Kochbuch: Einfaches zu besonderen Anlässen. Mit Illustrationen von Susanne Baumgarten, Insel Verlag: Frankfurt/Main 2006.



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