Ulrike Beisiegel

President of Goettingen University, professor of biochemistry

Ulrike Beisiegel, born in 1952, studied human biology in Marburg. Her doctorate was conferred in 1979 following doctoral degree studies at the Department of Medicine in Marburg. Post-doctoral research took her to the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Texas in Dallas (USA), where she worked with Josef L. Goldstein and Michael S. Brown, who were later awarded the Nobel Prize. After returning to Marburg, she took up a position at the Universitätsklinikum Hamburg in 1984. In 1990 she gained her Habilitation at Hamburg University, where in 1996 she was appointed to a C3 professorship. In 2001 she became Director of the Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf and was appointed to a C4 professorship.

Professor Beisiegel has held the functions of spokesperson of the German Research Foundation’s Ombudsman Commission and chair of the Scientific Commission of the German Council of Science and the Humanities. She is a member of the Senate of the Leibniz Association as well as a member of the Senate of the Max-Planck-Society and sits on many national and international scientific boards. The holder of an honorary doctorate from the Swedish University of Umeå, Professor Beisiegel is the recipient of numerous other scientific distinctions and awards.

In March 2010 the University Senate elected Professor Beisiegel unanimously to the office of President of the University of Göttingen, Foundation under Public Law. The vote was subsequently endorsed by Göttingen University’s Foundation Committee pertaining to the University.

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