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Prof. Dr.

Ralph Bock

Additional membership in the section Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Year of election: 2010
Section: Genetics/Molecular Biology and Cell Biology
City: Potsdam
Country: Germany
CV Ralph Bock - deutsch (pdf)


Main research interests: plant molecular biology, genetics, biotechnology

Ralph Bock and his co-workers have made seminal contributions to our understanding of the mechanisms and regulation of gene expression in chloroplasts. The Bock group has developed tools and technologies to genetically engineer the genome of higher plant chloroplasts and pioneered their application in functional genomics, photosynthesis research and plant biotechnology.

In groundbreaking studies on experimental genome evolution, Bock and his co-workers also succeeded in reconstructing endosymbiotic gene transfer processes in laboratory experiments and discovered a path for horizontal gene transfer between plants.


  • since 2005 Honorarprofessor at the Universität Potsdam
  • since 2004 Director at the Max‐Planck‐Institut für Molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie in Potsdam‐Golm, Head of the Department Organellenbiologie, Biotechnologie und molekulare Ökophysiologie
  • 2001-2004 Professor and Director of the Institute for Biochemistry and Biotechnology of Plants at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
  • 1999 Habilitation for Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
  • 1996-2001 Arbeitsgruppenleiter at the Institute for Biology, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
  • 1996 Conferral of doctorate for studies at the Waksman Institute, The State University of New Jersey, USA, and at the Institute for Biology, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
  • 1993 Diploma in Genetics at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg


  • as of 2015 Member of the editorial board of Plant Cell
  • since 2013 Member of the editorial board of Plant Biotechnology Journal
  • since 2012 Member of the board „Pflanzenwissenschaften“ of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
  • 2012-2013 Member of the working group “Planting the Future“,  European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC)
  • 2010-2012 Member of the editorial board of Eukaryotic Cells
  • 2010-2012 Member of the Zentrale Kommission für Biologische Sicherheit (ZKBS)
  • since 2010 Board Member of the Wilhelm Pfeffer Stiftung der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft e.V.
  • since 2009 Member of the editorial board of Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration
  • since 2007 Deputy Head ot the Scientific Board ot the IPK Gatersleben, Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung
  • since 2006 Member of the editorial board of Transgenic Research
  • 2005-2014 Member of the editorial board of Current Genetics
  • 2005-2009 Scientific expert in the working group “Guidelines for the assessment of genetically modified plants used as production platform for non-food/feed products” of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)


  • since 2013 Coordinator of an international research project of the Human Frontier Science Program, HFSP, for studying photosynthesis
  • since 2003 Head of subprojects in 5 EU alliance projects
  • 1999-2001 Coordinator of the Landesforschungsschwerpunkt „Evolutionäre Dynamik komplexer makromolekularer Interaktionen in pflanzlichen Zellorganellen“

Honours and Memberships

  • since 2010 Member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina




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