Scientific Advisory Board
The Scientific Advisory Board of the ScienceCampus Halle consists of seven internationally well-respected external scientists. They have been appointed for an initial period of four years by the dean of the MLU on the recommendation of the SCH board and in consultation with the management boards of the Leibniz Institute.
In addition to consulting the primary task of the Scientific Advisory Board is to evaluate the work of the science campus. The evaluation of the scientific work is carried out according under the following aspects:
- excellence in teaching and research with regard to national visibility
- goal-oriented promotion of students and young researchers
- successful raising of third-party funds and scholarshipsdevelopment of a strategy for the promotion of research and teaching
- appropriate actions on the interface between science and economy to achieve sustainability and positive politico-economic effects
The Scientific Advisory Board of the ScienceCampus Halle has the following members (alphabetical order):
Prof. Dr. Inge Broer is Head of the Professorship Agrobiotechnology and risk assessment for Bio- and Gene technology at the University of Rostock. Her research is focussed on the usage of transgenic plants for a sustainable agriculture. She did her PhD in Genetics 1989 at the University of Bielefeld, Germany and habilitated at the same University in Genetics and Cell biology.
Inge Broer is involved in the production of vaccines and biodegradable polymers in transgenic plants. In addition, the environmental influence on transgene expression is analysed in order to ensure stable expression of transgenes in the field. One of the major concerns is biosafety, mainly focussed on the plants produced in the group, but also in the development of new and effective analytical methods to optimize the risk assessment.
Among other functions, Prof. Broer is chair of the grant panel LS9 Biotechnology of the European Research Council (ERC), chair of the commission for genetically modified food and feed of the German Federal Institute of Risk Assessment (BfR), member of the evaluation committee of the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) Gatersleben and member of the scientific advisory council of the ministry for agriculture, environment and consumer protection of the federal state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Prof. Dr. Christian Jung studied agricultural sciences in at the University of Göttingen. After obtaining his doctorate he worked at the universities of Hanover and Munich where he qualified as a professor in 1992 with his thesis on molecular genome analysis of crops. Since 1993 he is the director of the Institute of Crop Science and Plant Breeding at the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel.
Christian Jung's main research interest is in the field of crop plant genome research. He is studying the interaction between plant parasitic nematodes and their hosts and he developed novel strategies for selecting mutants from large ems mutagenized populations. His main field of research is floral transition of crop plants. In his lab a number of important flowering time genes from different crops have been cloned and characterized. He is scientific coordinator of the DFG priority program 1530 "flowering time control: from natural variation to crop improvement". Since many years he has been participating in the public debate about genetic engineering.
Prof. Dr Bernd Müller-Röber is Head of Department of Molecular Biology at Potsdam University's Institute of Biochemistry and Biology, and the head of the work group at the Max Planck University for Molecular Plant Physiology in Golm. He is Deputy Chairman of the Bio-economy Council.
Bernd Müller-Röber is one of the leading experts in Germany in the field of green genetic technology. After studying biology and philosophy at Tübingen, Marburg and Berlin, Bernd Müller-Röber was awarded his biology PhD in 1992, and successfully completed his postdoctoral thesis in molecular plant physiology in 1998. Since 2000 he has been Professor of Molecular Biology at Potsdam University. He focuses on plant molecular biology, genome research and applied genetic technology.
- The understanding developmental and environmental regulation of plant primary metabolism
- The development of biotechnological approaches to enable molecular farming of pharmaceutical or industrial proteins and
- The improvement of food quality by improving the nutritional value and reducing the allergenic potential
Prof. Klaus Stenzel is Head of the research institute Disease Control Monheim at Bayer CropScience AG in Monheim, Germany.
He studied biology at Giessen and Hannover University, where he received his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Schönbeck. He joined Bayer AG in 1985 and worked in crop protection research in different lab leader positions on biological control agents and chemical fungicides. After a position in global project management he was appointed head of global target research at Bayer CropScience AG. Since 2005 he is working in disease control research, leading a team of biologists and chemists.
Additionally he is vice-chairman of the crop protection industries' Fungicide Resistance Action Committee (FRAC), is chairman of the SBI Working group in FRAC, and is president of the Deutsche Phytomedizinische Gesellschaft e.V. in Braunschweig.
Prof. Dr. Heribert Warzecha is leading the Working Group Plant Biotechnology and Metabolic Engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt since 2007. After graduating in Pharmacy and his Ph.D. in pharmaceutical biology in Mainz in 1998, his main area of activity is the production of pharmaceuticals in plants. Focus of research is in production of plant-based protein therapeutics and vaccines as well as on the targeted modification of plant secondary metabolism for the production of novel ingredients. Prof. Warzecha is a member of the Selection Committee "Modern Applications of Biotechnology" of the DAAD and Head of the EU COST program "Plant Metabolic Engineering for High Value Products".
Prof. Dr. Justus Wesseler is an agricultural economist and professor of Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He has a degree in agricultural, environmental and natural resource economics from the University of Göttingen, Germany. His research work is on the economics of biotechnology, value chain economics, and regulatory economics including issues related to coexistence. The major focus is on the contribution of value chains to improve sustainability and the impact of new technologies and regulations on the value chain in this respect. He was the head of the new Research Department of Agricultural Economics at the Center of Life and Food Sciences Weihenstephan, and is still a member of the International Consortium of Applied Bioeconomy Research (ICABR), co-editor of AgBioForum, and coordinator of the EU funded project Practical Implementation of Coexistence in Europe (PRICE). His research work on coexistence, biotechnology, and related regulations has been published in more than 80 contributions to peer reviewed journals and books.
Dr. Jens Weyen studied Agricultural Sciences at the Justus-Liebig University of Giessen between 1987 and 1993. In 1996 he earned his doctorate at the same university with a dissertation on "RAPD-mapping of different resistance genes against Barley Yellow Mosaic Virus". Afterwards he was an employee of Saatzucht Hadmersleben GmbH as a guest scientist at the IPK- Gatersleben working about the conversion of RFLP markers with linkage to resistance genes of barley into PCR based markers and then as a practical winter barley breeder. From 1998 to 2007 he was Head of Saaten-Union Resistenzlabor GmbH and in the end of 2007 he became Managing Director of Saaten-Union Biotec GmbH.
Main areas of research are:
- Establishment of efficient doubled haploid technologies in rapeseed, wheat, barley, rye, triticale, oats and durum wheat,
- Establishment of efficient marker-assisted breeding strategies as marker assisted selection, marker assisted backcrossing, genotyping, genetic distance, marker trait association mapping (SSRs, SNPs) and
- Genetic transformation of rapeseed, linseed and cereals