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Prof. Dr.

Thomas Boehm

Year of election: 2002
Section: Human Genetics and Molecular Medicine
City: Freiburg (Br.)
Country: Germany
CV Thomas Boehm - Deutsch (pdf)


Thomas Boehm has made many important contributions in the field of immunology. Since his appointment as director of the Max-Planck Institute of Immunobiology his main interest has been focused on questions concerning the evolution of adaptive immune systems and the genetic basis of thymus development. His present work is concentrated on investigating the development and function of genetic networks that are essential for avoiding autoimmune reactions during antigen recognition in invertebrates and vertebrates.


  • since 1998 Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society and Director at the Max Planck Institute of Immunology and Epigenetics, Germany
  • 1994-1997 Professor of Experimental Therapy, German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany
  • 1991-1994 Professor of Molecular Medicine, University of Freiburg Medical School, Freiburg, Germany
  • 1989-1991 Member, Scientific Staff, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK
  • 1987-1988 Visiting Scientist, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK
  • 1982-1986 Research Fellow, Centres for Pediatrics and Biological Chemistry, University of Frankfurt Medical School, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1982 MD degree, University of Frankfurt Medical School, Frankfurt, Germany

Honours and Memberships

  • 2002 Member, German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • 2002 Member, European Molecular Biology Organization
  • 1997 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award of the German Science Council (DFG)

Auuszeichnungen und Mitgliedschaften

  • 2014 Ernst Jung-Preis für Medizin
  • seit 2012 Mitglied der Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften
  • seit 2002 Mitglied der Nationalen Akademie der Wissenschaften Leopoldina
  • 2002 Mitglied der European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)
  • 1997 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Preis der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
  • 1992 Wilhelm Warner-Preis für Krebsforschung
  • 1992 Else und Rudolf Kern-Preis für Krebsforschung
  • 1988 Forschungspreis der Kind-Philipp-Stiftung für Leukämieforschung (mit D. Drahovsky)
  • 1987 Fritz Acker-Preis für onkologische Forschung




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