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Prof. Dr.

Konrad Sandhoff

Year of election: 1999
Section: Human Genetics and Molecular Medicine
City: Bonn
Country: Germany
CV Konrad Sandhoff - Englisch (pdf)


Hauptarbeitsgebiete: Komplexe Glykoshingolipide zellulärer Membranen: Stoffwechsel, Zellbiologie, Enzymologie an Phasengrenzflächen, Shingolipidaktivatorproteine (Isolation und Charakterisierung); molekulare Analyse von Erbkrankheiten (Tay-Sachs-Syndrom, Niemann-Pick-Syndrom, Farber-Syndrom, Sandhoff-Syndrom)


  • since 2007 Senior Professor, LIMES Institute, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 1979-2007 Full Professor Kekulé-Institute for Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 1976 Department of Chemical Immunology, Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel
  • 1974-1979 Neurochem. Dept. Max-Planck-Institute for Psychiatry, Munich, Germany
  • 1972-1979 Teaching Faculty for Chemistry, University of Munich, Germany
  • 1965-1972 Research assistant, Max-Planck-Institute for Psychiatry, Munich, Germany
  • 1965 University of Munich, Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Germany
  • 1964 University of Munich, Graduation in Chemistry (Dipl. Chemiker), Germany


  • 1991-2002 Chairman of the Advanced Research Group (SFB) on Glycoconjugates and Structures of Cell Surfaces


  • 2006 President of the Assembly of the GDNÄ “From the big bang to the development of consciousness, selforganization of matter” in Bremen
  • 2003-2008 President/Vice-president of the GDNÄ
  • 1997-2001 President and Vice-President of the Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM)
  • 1992-2000 Elected referee for biochemistry of the national science foundation (DFG
  • 1985-1990 Chairman of the European Study Group on Lysosomal Diseases

Honours and Memberships

  • 2008 Honorary Member of the Banglad. Soc. for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • 2008 European Lipid Science Award
  • 2006 Otto Warburg Medal of the Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM)
  • 2005 Burckhard Helferich Award for Bioorganic Chemistry
  • 2005 International Glycoconjugate Organization Award     
  • 2004 Robert Pfleger Research Prize
  • since 2001 Member of the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars    
  • 2001 Mendel Medal of German National Academy of Science Leopoldina    
  • since 2000 Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)
  • since 1999 Member of the German National Academy of Science Leopoldina
  • 1999 Research Award of the Max Planck Society
  • 1998 K.J. Zülch Prize and Medal of the Max Planck Society        
  • 1992 Richard Kuhn Prize and Medal of the German Society for Chemistry (GDCh)
  • since 1992 Honorary Member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • 1988 Mizuho Nakata Medal of the Brain Research Institute, Niigata University, Japan
  • 1979 Heinrich Wieland Prize and Medal    
  • 1976 Carl Duisberg Prize and Medal of the German Society for Chemistry (GDCh)
  • 1973 Shield of the Medical Faculty, University of Tokyo
  • since 1971 Use of the eponym "Sandhoff disease" for an inherited neurodegenerative ganglioside storage disorder




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