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26 November 2001

New Member of the University Council: Prof. Regine Kahmann

Rector Prof. Dr. Peter Hommelhoff: "Immensely pleased to have a personality of Prof. Kahmann's renown and expertise on the University Council" — Prof. Kahmann former chairwoman of the advisory council of the Molecular Biology Centre

Prof. Regine Kahmann

The new member of the University Council of the University of Heidelberg is Prof. Dr. Regine Kahmann, director of the Max Planck Institute of Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg. She succeeds Prof. Dr. Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, who has resigned from the Council due to other commitments. "We are immensely pleased to have a personality of Prof. Kahmann's renown and expertise on the University Council," said rector Prof. Dr. Peter Hommelhoff, going on to add that Prof. Kahmann was familiar with the University of Heidelberg from her period as chairwoman of the international scientific advisory board of the Molecular Biology Centre (ZMBH).

The new University Law gives the University Council far-reaching powers, conferring on it the responsibility for the development of the University, the enhancement of the University's profile and proposals to improve performance and competitiveness. The Council also acts as a supervisory board in connection with the Rectorate's management of University affairs. It has 13 members, six of them from outside the University. Chairman is Dr. Ulrich Cartellieri.

Regine Kahmann: From Göttingen to Cold Spring Harbor and back to Germany

Born in Staßfurt (then East Germany) in 1948, Prof. Kahmann studied microbiology in Göttingen from 1968 to 1972. She did her doctorate at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Genetics in Berlin on "The Behaviour of SPP1 DNA after Transfection by B. subtilis". From 1974 to 1980 Regine Kahmann worked at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in the United States.

Back in Germany she was research assistant at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried until 1982, moving from there to the Otto Warburg Laboratory at the MPI for Molecular Genetics in Berlin, where she headed an independent research group on "Gene Regulation Mechanisms in Pro- and Eukaryots". From 1987 to 1992 she continued her work on sequence-specific recombination and the molecular analysis of pathogenicity in Ustilago maydis as head of an independent research group at the Institute of Gene-Biological Research, Berlin.

Between 1992 and 2001 she was professor at the University of Munich's Department of Genetics and Microbiology, investigating cell-cell recognition, regulation of sexual development and the identification of the determinants of pathogenicity in Ustilago maydis and their molecular analysis, protein DNA and protein interactions in sequence-specific recombination.

Since January 2000, Professor Kahmann has been a scientific member of the Max Planck Society and director of the Max Planck Institute of Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, since April 2001 also professor of genetics at Marburg University, concentrating here on pathogenicity in Ustilago maydis, cell-cell recognition, dimorphism, signal transduction and host and organ specificity.

Numerous prestigious awards

Among the numerous prestigious awards conferred on Prof. Kahmann for her work are the Leibniz Prize of the German Research Council (1993), the Dannie Heineman Prize of Göttingen's Academy of Sciences (1997) and Bavaria's Maximilian Medal for Science and Art (1999).

1991 European Molecular Biology Organisation
1995 Bavarian Academy of Sciences
1998 Academia Europea
2000 Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences
2001 EERO Association

Editorial boards
Fungal Genetics and Biology
EMBO Journal
EMBO Reports
Eukaryotic Cell
Current Opinion in Microbiology
Molecular Plant Pathology
Biological Chemistry

Supervisory board of UFZ, Leipzig
Awarding committee of the German Research Council's Heinz Maier Leibnitz Prize
Fritz Thyssen Foundation commission on "Mono- and Polygenic Human Diseases: Definition and Molecular Pathogenesis"
Scientific advisory council of the Molecular Biology Centre (ZMBH), Heidelberg
Scientific commission of the state of Lower Saxony
Senate of the Helmholtz Society

The Press Office will be happy to send or mail you a photo of Prof. Kahmann on request. Please ask Irene Thewalt (phone: 06221/542310).

Please address any inquiries to:
Dr. Michael Schwarz
Press Officer of the University of Heidelberg
phone: 06221/542310, fax: 54317

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