Biography Thomas Langer

Department Langer

Scientific Career

2023 - present Managing Director
Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Cologne, Germany
2018 - 2023 Director
Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Cologne, Germany
2001 - 2017 Professor (C4/W3)
Institute for Genetics, University of Cologne, Germany
1993 - 2001 Group leader
Adolf Butenandt Institute for Physiological Chemistry, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich. Chair: Prof. Dr. Dr. Walter Neupert, Germany
1992 - 1993 Visiting scientist
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute, New York, USA


1999 Habilitation in Biochemistry
1989 - 1993   Ph.D.
Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich. Mentor: Dr. Franz-Ulrich Hartl. Research topic: Chaperone-mediated protein folding
1984 - 1989 Study of Biological Sciences
University of Regensburg, Germany

Prizes / Awards 

2017 Max Delbrück Prize - University of Cologne      
2017 EMBO Global Exchange Lecture Series - China
2016 Wilhelm Feldberg Prize - UK
2012 Elected member - Leopoldina (German National Academy of Sciences)
2011 Elected member - Academy of Sciences and Arts North Rhine-Westphalia 
2008 - 2014 Max Planck Fellow - Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Cologne
2007 Elected EMBO member


2021 - 2024   German Research Council
Collaborative Research Center 1218: Mitochondrial Regulation of Cellular Function
2020 - 2023 German Research Council
Collaborative Research Center 1403: Cell Death in Immunity, Inflammation and Disease
2020- 2023 German-Israel-Project MitoBalance
Postdoctoral fellowships Humboldt Foundation, EMBO
Japanese Science Foundation
2015 - 2020 Reinhart Koselleck Grant - German Research Council
2009 - 2014 Advanced Career Grant - European Research Council

Scientific Activities /

Editorial Boards
2002 - 2009 Biological Chemistry
since 2010 Journal of Cell Biology, EMBO Reports, Journal of Biochemistry 
2012 - 2020 Board of Reviewing Editors Science
Service to Scientific
2019 - 2021 Managing Director - Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Cologne
2017                                      Pro-Dean for Personnel and Finances - Faculty of Mathematics and Natures Sciences, University of Cologne
2016 - 2018 Senator for Cell and Developmental Biology - German Research Council
2016 - 2018 Coordinator - Collaborative Research Center 1218 of the German Research Council, Mitochondrial regulation of cellular function, University of Cologne
2013 - 2015 Vice-President for Research and Junior Scholars of the University of Cologne
2012 - 2015 Steering committee of the Institutional Strategy of the University of Cologne
2011 - 2017 Member and Chair of Panel LS3 (Cellular and Developmental Biology) Consolidator Grants of the European Research Council
2010 - 2011 Acting director - Biology Section of the Faculty for Natural Sciences, University of Cologne
2007 - 2018 Vice coordinator - Cluster of Excellence on Cellular Stress Responses in Aging-Associated Diseases (CECAD), University of Cologne
2007 - 2011 Senator - Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Cologne
2006 - 2017 Executive board - Graduate School for Biological Sciences, University of Cologne
2005 - 2012 Study section for Biochemistry, Biophysics and Bioinformatics - German Research Council, Bonn
2003 - 2015 Coordinator - Collaborative Research Center 635 of the German Research Council, Posttranslational Control of Protein Function, University of Cologne
2002 - 2004 Acting director - Institute for Genetics
2001 - 2009 Steering committee - Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne
2001 - 2005 Ph.D. fellowship selection committee - German Academic Exchange Service, Bonn
Organisation of scientific
2018 Chair - American Society for Cell Biology/EMBO Annual Meeting, Dec. 2018,
San Diego, USA (together with Samara Reck-Peterson)
2018 Scientific chair - Cell Press Symposium, Multifaceted Mitochondria, June 2018,
San Diego, USA (together with Marcia Haigis)
2018 International Symposium of the CRC1218 - Mitochondrial Plasticity in Metabolism
2017 Organizing Committee - American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meeting,
Dec. 2017, Philadelphia, USA
2017 Organizer, EMBO Workshop - Mitochondrial Quality Control, Xi´an, China, July 2017
(with Q. Chan and J. Liu)
2015 Keystone Symposium - Obesity and the Metabolic Syndrome: Mitochondria and Energy Expenditure. Whistler, BC, Canada (together with J. Auwerx and E. Maratos-Flier)
2013 EMBO Workshop - AAA+ proteins: from mechanisms and disease to targets. Neuss, Germany (together with H. Meyer and R. Erdmann)
2013 Mitochondria, metabolic regulation and the Biology of Aging.
Lanzarote, Spain (together with P. Jansen-Dürr)
2010 Mosbacher Colloquium of the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - The Biology of Aging: Mechanisms and Intervention (together with A. Trifunovic and J. Brüning)
2010 Cologne Spring Meeting and International Symposium of the CRC635
Protein homeostasis: make it, guide it, and break it” (together with J. Dohmen and M. Leptin)
2009 Chair, FASEB Summer Research Conference “Mitochondrial Assembly and Dynamics in Health and Disease (together with C.M. Koehler, UCLA)
2006 Cologne Spring Meeting and International Symposium of the CRC635
The control of protein function: cellular regulation, dysfunction, and disease
2006 Symposium Protein folding in the cell - Annual Meeting of the German Society for Cell Biology, Braunschweig
2003 Cologne Spring Meeting - Cellular Quality Control
1997 EMBO Workshop - Cellular Functions of AAA Proteins, Tutzing

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