Reinhard Jahn

Born on December 21, 1950 in Leverkusen/Germany. Study of biology and chemistry, doctorate at University of Göttingen (1981), postdoctoral fellow at Yale University and Rockefeller University (1983-1985), assistant professor at Rockefeller University (1985-1986), junior research group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry (1986-1991), Associate Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Associate/Full Professor for Pharmacology and Cell Bbiology at Yale University School of Medicine (1991-1997), Director at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (1997-2018), adjunct professor at the University of Göttingen (since 2001), President of the University of Göttingen (2019-2020), Emeritus director (2018-).

Scientific Awards, Prizes

Max Planck Research Award (1990)
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (2000)
Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine (2006)
Sir Bernard Katz Award (2008)
Scientific Award of Lower Saxony (2010)
Eduard Buchner Prize (2013)
Heinrich Wieland Prize (2014)
Balzan Prize (2016)


EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization)
Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities
National Academy of Sciences of the United States
Academia Europaea



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