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Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmülling

Portrait Thomas Schmülling
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Schmülling Group – Applied Genetics

Institute of Biology

Freie Universität Berlin


Albrecht-Thaer-Weg 6
14195 Berlin
+49 30 838-455808

Academic education and qualification

1997  Habilitation in Genetics, University of Tübingen, Germany (mentor: Prof. Dr. F. Schöffl)
1989 Dr. rer. nat., University of Cologne, Germany (supervisor: Prof. Dr. J. Schell; Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding, Cologne)
1986 Diploma, Biology (1979-1986), University of Cologne, Germany

Professional carreer

Since August 2001 Head of Department of Applied Genetics and Chair of Molecular Developmental Biology of Plants, Institute of Biology, Freie Universität of Berlin
1991 - 2001 Assistant at the Department of General Genetics and Group leader at the Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP), University of Tübingen
1989 - 1991 Postdoc and Group leader at the Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding, Cologne
1986 - 1989 Doctoral thesis in Genetics at the Max-Planck-Institute of Plant Breeding, Cologne, Department of Prof. Dr. Jeff Schell
1979 - 1986 Studies of Biology at the University of Cologne, Diploma thesis in Plant Physiology

Academic activities and awards

  • Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Science (1990)
  • Memory Medal of the Palacký University, Olomouc (Czech Republic) (2008)
  • Student Award for Excellence in Teaching (2009)
  • Olchemim Science Award (2014)
  • Chairs in Genetics and Plant Biology offered by the University Marie et Pierre Curie, Paris (1998), University of Potsdam (1999), University of Ulm (2001) and University of Bonn (2006)
  • Visiting professor, Université Marie et Pierre Curie, Paris (1997, 1998, 2002, 2008)
  • Associate Editor Biologia Plantarum (1998), BMC Plant Biology (2009), Frontiers in Plant Sciences (2010)
  • University of Tübingen, Founding member and panel member of the Centre of Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP)(1999-2001)
  • FU Berlin, Faculty Board of Faculty Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy (2003 - 2009, 2013-2015)
  • FU Berlin, Institute Board of Institute of Biology (2003-2009, 2021-2023)
  • Member of Executive Board of Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 973 “Priming and Memory of Organismic Responses to Stress“ (since 2012) and CRC 429 “Molecular physiology, energetics, and regulation of primary plant metabolism” (2002-2010)
  • FU Berlin, Speaker of the Graduate School of Molecular Plant Sciences (since 2009)
  • FU Berlin, Head of Dahlem Centre of Plant Sciences (DCPS) (2009-2021)
  • Member of Scientific Advisory Board of Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB), Halle (since 2015)
Member of Dahlem Research School
Member of Dahlem Centre of Plant Sciences
Member of CRC 973