Wolfgang Hillen

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Wolfgang Hillen
Full Professor and Chairman of Microbiology
Lehrstuhl für Mikrobiologie
Institut für Biologie
Friedrich-Alexander Universität
Staudtstr. 5
91058 Erlangen, Fed. Rep. of Germany

Date of Birth: April 24, 1948
Place of Birth: Osnabrück, FRG
Nationality: German
Status: Married
Children: Hauke Sven Hillen - May 17, 1987


Present Full Professor and Chairman of Microbiology at the Institute of Biology, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, FRG.
Protein-DNA Recognition, Regulation of Tetracycline Resistance Gene Ex¬pre¬s¬sion, Tetracycline Dependent Gene Regulation in Eukaryotes (Mam¬mals), Catabolite Repression in Bacilli

2006/2007 Sabbatical Research at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, Houston, with Dr. Richard G. Brennan
Structure analysis of transcription factor complexes.

1999/2000 Sabbatical Research at the Dept. of Biology, University of California at San Diego, with Dr. Milton H. Saier
Catabolite repression in Gram positive bacteria.

1993 Sabbatical Research at American Cyanamid, Lederle Research Labora¬to¬ries, Pearl River, NY with Dr. Frank Tally and Dr. George A. Ellestad
Development and analysis of new tetracyclines with activities against resis¬tant bacteria.

1984-1986 Full Professor for Physical Biology, Institute of Physical Biology, Univer¬sity of Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, FRG.
Regulation of Tetracycline Resistance Determinants, Bacterial Expression Systems.

1980-1984 P.I., Institute of Biochemistry, Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, Darm¬stadt, FRG.
Structural and Genetic Analysis of Tetracycline Resistance Determinants.
Earned Degree: Dr. rer. nat. habil.

1978-1980 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of Biochemistry, University of Wis¬con¬sin-Madison, Madison, Wi.
Structural and Dynamic Properties of DNA Sequences from the lac Regu¬latory Region.

1977-1978 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Biochemistry, Technische Hoch¬schule Darmstadt, Darmstadt, FRG.
Synthesis and Crystallography of Modified Nucleosides.

1974-1977 Graduate Student, Institute of Biochemistry, Westfälische-Wilhelms Uni¬ver¬sität, Münster, FRG.
Codon-Anticodon Recognition.
Earned Degree: Dr. rer. nat. (summa cum laude)

1969-1974 Undergraduate Student, Department of Chemistry, Westfälische-Wilhelms Uni¬versität, Münster, FRG.
Earned Degree: Diplomchemiker (sehr gut)


Gymnasium Carolinum, Osnabrück, Germany 1960-1967
Military Service (drafted) 1967-1969
Department of Chemistry, Münster, Germany 1969-1974
Institute of Biochemistry Münster, Germany 1974-1977


Diplomchemiker (sehr gut) 1974
Dr. rer. nat. (summa cum laude) 1977
Dr. rer. nat. habil. (Biochemistry) 1984


Graduate Fellowship, University of Münster 1974-1977
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Max Kade Foundation, New York 1978-1979
Postdoctoral Fellowship, DFG, Bonn 1979-1980
Appointments offered

Full Professor of Biochemistry, University Bayreuth (declined) 1984
Full Professor of Biophysics, University Düsseldorf (accepted) 1984
Chair of Microbiology, University Erlangen-Nürnberg (accepted) 1986
Chair of Microbiology, University Bochum (declined) 1996
Chair of Department of Microbiology, Medical School,
University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA (declined) 2000


Speaker of Study Section "Recombinant DNA Technology", GBCh
(German Association of Biological Chemists) 1985-1987
Speaker of Research Group "Cis and Trans Active Elements for
Transcription" 1989-1995
Organizer of Annual Meeting of GBCh
(German Association of Biological Chemists) Study Group 1986,1987
Co-Organizer of Annual Meeting of GBCh
(German Association of Biological Chemists) 1987
Member of the DECHEMA (German Chemical Engineering Association)
Biotechnology Committee 1988-1992
Speaker of Forschergruppe "Transkriptionskontrolle und Regulatorproteine" 1989-1996
Speaker of Sonderforschungsbereich 473 "Schaltvorgaenge der Transkription" 1997-present
Vice President of the VAAM (German Society of Microbiology) 1999-2001
Speaker of Bavaria California Technology Center 2000-present
Member of the Board of Trustees of the Fonds of Chemical Industry 2001-present
President of the VAAM (German Society of Microbiology) 2001-2003
Vice President of the VAAM (German Society of Microbiology) 1999-2001 & 2003-2005


Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (German Association of Chemists)
Gesellschaft für Biologische Chemie (German Association of Biological Chemists)
Vereinigung Allgemeiner und Angewandter Mikrobiologen (German Association of Microbiologists)
American Society of Microbiology
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Society for General Microbiology, U.K.


Carl Duesberg Preis der GDCh (German Association of Chemists) 1986
Max Planck Forschungspreis fuer Intern. Kooperation (Alexander v.
Humboldt Foundation) 1997
Member of the Leopoldina Academy of Sciences, Halle, Germany 2003


Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 1993-2005
European Journal of Biochemistry, since 2004 The FEBS Journal 1998-present


Co-founder of the "Arbeitsgemeinschaft Gentechnik" consisting of 1982
TH Darmstadt, Institut für Biochemie; Merck KG, Darmstadt; Röhm, Darmstadt; Grünenthal, Stolberg.

Consultant for Grünenthal, Stolberg: Development of prourokinase 1982-1986
production for blood clot dissolvement

Collaboration with Henkel KGaA, Düsseldorf: Development of expression 1984-1994
systems for Bacilli; and Isolation of improved starch hydrolases from
Gram positive bacteria

Consultant for formerly Amercian Cyanamide, then American 1992-1996
Home Products, now Wyeth Inc., Pearl River, New York: Development
of new antibacterials.

Consultant for Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Boston, Massachussetts: 1997-2001
Development of the VITATM technology for target validation

Consultant for Elitra Inc., San Diego: Development of expression 2001-2000 systems for target validation and screening of antiinfectives.

Cofounder of TET Systems GmbH & Co KG, Heidelberg 2004

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