Department Langer

Thomas Langer



Scientific Career

2018 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



Habilitation in Biochemistry

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

Prizes / Awards

2017Max Delbrück Prize, University of Cologne
2017EMBO Global Exchange Lecture Series, China
2016International Steenbock lecturer, University of Wisconsin
2016Wilhelm Feldberg Prize, UK
2015 - 2020Reinhart Koselleck Grant, German Research Council
2012Elected member, Leopoldina (German National Academy of Sciences)
2011Elected member, Academy of Sciences and Arts North Rhine-Westphalia
2009 - 2014Advanced Career Grant, European Research Council
2008 - 2014Max-Planck Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Cologne
2007Elected EMBO member

Scientific Activities / Memberships

Editorial boards

2002 - 2009Biological Chemistry
since 2010Journal of Cell Biology, EMBO Reports, Journal of Biochemistry
since 2012Board of Reviewing Editors Science

Service to Scientific Community

2017Pro-Decan for Personnel and Finances, Faculty of Mathematics and Natures Sciences, University of Cologne
since Oct 2016Senator for Cell and Developmental Biology, German Research Council
2016 - 2018Coordinator, Collaborative Research Center 1218 of the German Research Council, Mitochondrial regulation of cellular function, University of Cologne
2013 - 2015Pro-Rector for Research and Junior Scholars of the University of Cologne
2012 - 2015Steering committee of the Institutional Strategy of the University of Cologne
2011 - 2017Member and Chair of Panel LS3 (Cellular and Developmental Biology) Consolidator Grants of the European Research Council
2010 - 2011Acting director, Biology Section of the Faculty for Natural Sciences, University of Cologne
2007 - 2018Vice coordinator, Cluster of Excellence on Cellular Stress Responses in Aging-Associated Diseases (CECAD), University of Cologne
2007 - 2011Senator, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Cologne
2006 - 2017Executive board, Graduate School for Biological Sciences, University of Cologne
2005 - 2012Study section for Biochemistry, Biophysics and Bioinformatics, German Research Council, Bonn
2003 - 2015Coordinator, Collaborative Research Center 635 of the German Research Council, Posttranslational Control of Protein Function, University of Cologne
2002 - 2004Acting director, Institute for Genetics
2001 - 2009Steering committee, Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne
2001 - 2005Ph.D. fellowship selection committee, German Academic Exchange Ser-vice, Bonn

Organisation of scientific conferences 

2018Chair, American Society for Cell Biology/EMBO Annual Meeting, Dec. 2018, San Diego, USA (together with Samara Reck-Peterson)
2018Scientific chair, Cell Press Symposium, Multifaceted Mitochondria, June 2018, San Diego, USA (together with Marcia Haigis)
2018International Symposium of the CRC1218, Mitochondrial Plasticity in Metabolism
2017Organizing Committee, American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meeting, Dec. 2017, Philadelphia, USA
2017Organizer, EMBO Workshop, Mitochondrial Quality Control, Xi´an, China, July 2017 (with Q. Chan and J. Liu)
2015Keystone Symposium: Obesity and the Metabolic Syndrome: Mitochondria and Energy Expenditure. Whistler, BC, Canada (together with J. Auwerx and E. Maratos-Flier)
2013EMBO Workshop, AAA+ proteins: from mechanisms and disease to targets. Neuss, Germany (together with H. Meyer and R. Erdmann)
2013Mitochondria, metabolic regulation and the Biology of Aging. Lanzarote, Spain (together with P. Jansen-Dürr)
2010Mosbacher Colloquium of the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The Biology of Aging: Mechanisms and Intervention (together with A. Trifunovic and J. Brüning)
2010Cologne Spring Meeting and International Symposium of the CRC635, Protein homeostasis: make it, guide it, and break it” (together with J. Dohmen and M. Leptin)
2009Chair, FASEB Summer Research Conference “Mitochondrial Assembly and Dynamics in Health and Disease (together with C.M. Koehler, UCLA)
2006Cologne Spring Meeting and International Symposium of the CRC635, The control of protein function: cellular regulation, dysfunction, and disease
2006Symposium Protein folding in the cell, Annual Meeting of the German Society for Cell Biology, Braunschweig
2003Cologne Spring Meeting, Cellular Quality Control
1997EMBO Workshop, Cellular Functions of AAA Proteins, Tutzing