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department chairman , biology professor

Rainer Borriss, German biology professor, department chairman. Grant, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), since 1990, European Union, 1992-1995, Bundesministerium für Bildung, Forschung und Technology, since 1996. Member of Caspar David Friedrich Society.


Borriss, Rainer was born on April 30, 1945 in Prerow-Darss, Mecklenburg, Germany. Son of Heinrich and Ruth Emilie Borriss.


Master in Biology, Martin Luther University, Halle, 1970. Doctor rerum naturalium (Doctor in Sciences), Martin Luther University, Halle, 1971. Doctor Habilitation, Martin Luther University, Halle, 1977.


Head of research lab Department Fermentation Company, 1971, VEB Prowiko, Schönebeck, Germany, 1971—1975, head Research and Development department Germany, 1976—1981. Science coworker Academy of Sciences DDR, Gatersleben, Germany, 1981—1989. Lecturer technical microbiology Humboldt University, Berlin, 1989—1992, chair, professor bacterial genetics, since 1992, director, 2001.

Adjunct professor Chinese Agricultural University, Beijing, since 2009. Science advisor ABiTEP GmbH, Berlin, since 2005. Consultant Eucodis, Wien, Austria, since 2007, Agraquest, Inc., Davis, California, since 2009.

Chair board dir Abitaibo Ltd., Kunming, China, since 2009.


  • Achievements include development of bacterial strains for production of recombinant enzymes. Patents for construction of hybrid ß-glucanase with enhanced thermostability. Patents for production of lipopeptide and polyketide antibiotics.

    First to genome sequence of a Gram + plant growth promoting bacterium. Research in mechanisms of synthesis of secondary metabolites in bacillus. Research in structure and function of bacterial phytases.

    Research in gene regulation in bacillus.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Member of Caspar David Friedrich Society.


Married Annemarie Liebich, May 20, 1969. Children: Martin, Michael, Martin, Michael, Sabine.

Heinrich Borriss

Ruth Emilie Borriss

Annemarie Liebich

Martin Borriss

Michael Borriss

Martin Borriss

Michael Borriss

Sabine Borriss