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Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard

Biologist , Medical researcher

Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, German biologist, medical researcher. Achievements include creation of a detailed database of fruit fly mutations, research that has helped explain how a single-celled embryo, whether fruit fly or human, grows into a complex living animal.

Background

NUSSLEIN-VOLHARD, Christiane was born on October 20, 1942 in Magdeburg. Daughter of Rolf Volhard and Brigitte Volhard (née Haas).

Education

Diploma in Biochemistry, Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, Germany, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy in Biology, University Tübingen, 1973. Doctor of Science (honorary), Oxford University, 2005.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Yale University.

Career

Research associate Max-Planck Institute Virus Research, Tübingen, 1972-1974. Postdoctoral fellow Biozentrum, University Basel, Switzerland, 1975-1976, University Freiburg, Germany, 1977. Head research group European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany, 1978-1980.

Research group leader Friedrich-Miescher Laboratory, Tübingen, 1981-1985. Director genetics division Max-Planck Institute Development Biology, since 1985.

Achievements

  • Achievements include creation of a detailed database of fruit fly mutations, research that has helped explain how a single-celled embryo, whether fruit fly or human, grows into a complex living animal.

Works

Membership

Founder Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard Foundation, 1994. Member National Ethics Council Germany, since 2001. Member of National Academy of Sciences, American Philosophical Society, European Molecular Biology Organization, Royal Society.

Connections

father:
Rolf Volhard

mother:
Brigitte Volhard (née Haas)