Prof. Dr. Patrick Cramer

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1998 EMBL Grenoble / University Heidelberg
Dr. rer. nat. 'summa cum laude'
1995 Universität Heidelberg
Diploma in Chemistry
7/94 - 3/95
University of Cambridge, UK
Research student with A.R. Fersht
10/92 - 3/93 University of Bristol, UK
ERASMUS research student with A.G. Orpen
1992 - 1995 Universität Heidelberg Student of Chemistry
1989 - 1991 Universität Stuttgart Student of Chemistry
Academic positions
Since 2010 Universität München LMU  
Director, Department of Biochemistry
Since 2004 Universität München LMU Director, Gene Center Munich
Since 2004 Universität München LMU Professor of Biochemistry
2001-2003 Universität München LMU Tenure-track Professor of Biochemistry
1999-2000 Stanford University, USA
Postdoctorial fellow with R.D. Kornberg
1995-1998 EMBL Grenoble, France Predoctorial fellow with C.W. Müller
Awards & honors
2012 Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz)
2012 Paula und Richard von Hertwig-Preis
2012 Vallee Foundation Visiting Professorship
2011 Feldberg Foundation Prize
2010 Member of the Max Planck Society
2010 European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Investigator
2010 Medal of Honor of the Robert Koch Institute
2009 Elected member of EMBO
2009 Member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
2009 Ernst-Jung-Preis für Medizin
2009 Familie-Hansen-Award, Bayer Science & Education Foundation
2008 Bijvoet Medal, University of Utrecht
2007 Steinhofer Lecture, University of Freiburg
2007 Philip-Morris Research Award
2006 Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz Award, Dt. Forschungsgemeinschaft
2004 10th Eppendorf Award for Young European Researchers
2002 GlaxoSmithKline Science Award
2000 EMBO Young Investigator
2000 MSC Future Investigator Award

119 Medline-listed publications, incl. 16 original papers in Nature, Science, Cell (separate lists) 27 Press releases and 8 other publications

Invited talks

290 invited lectures and seminars, of which about 40% were abroad (separate list)

Professional service
  • Member of Council, European Molecular Biology Laboratory EMBL (since 2012)
  • Tutor (Vertrauensdozent), Elite Academy of Bavaria (Eliteakademie Bayern, since 2012) 
  • Initiator and coordinator, Bavarian Research Center for Molecular Biosystems (since 2011) 
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board of the Biochemistry Center Heidelberg (since 2011)
  • Director, LMU Department of Biochemistry (since 2010)
  • Member, editorial board of Transcription (since 2010) 
  • Member, council (Zukunftsrat) of the Bavarian State Government (2010-2011) 
  • Organizer, EMBO conference on gene transcription in yeast, St. Feliu, Spain, 2010 
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board of the Max-Planck-Institute for Developmental Biology, 
Tübingen (since 2009) 
  • Member, editorial board of The EMBO Journal (since 2009) 
  • Representative of the LMU for construction of a new Research Center for Molecular 
Biosystems (Baubeauftragter, since 2009) 
  • Member, selection committee for the Heinz-Maier-Leibniz-Prize (since 2008) 
  • Member, scientific-technological council of the Bavarian State Government (2008-2009) 
  • Coordinator, Research grant network Sonderforschungsbereich SFB646 (since 2008) 
  • Dean, Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy of the LMU (2007-2009) 
  • Member, research board (Forschungsrat) of the LMU (since 2007) 
  • Executive board member, German National Cluster of Excellence “Center for Integrated 
Protein Science Munich” (CIPSM, since 2006) 
  • Vice coordinator, Sonderforschungsbereich SFB646 (2005-2007) 
  • Member, Cluster of excellence “Nanosystems Initiative Munich” (NIM, since 2006) 
  • Director, Gene Center Munich (since 2004) 
  • Member, Swiss Light Source Scientific Advisory Board (2004-2006) 
  • Board member, LMU Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry (2005-2007) 
  • Board member, LMU Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy (since 2002) 
  • Member of search committees (and often chair) at LMU, Technical University Munich and 
the Max-Planck Society (since 2001) 
  • Member, board of the Research grant network Transregio 5 “Chromatin” (since 2003) 
  • Referee for beamtime allocation at the Swiss light source (SLS) in 2004 
  • Referee for over 20 different scientific journals, including Science, Nature, Cell (since 2000) 
  • Referee for funding bodies including DFG, NSF, NIH, Wellcome Trust, EU, AvH, BIF etc. 
  • External reviewer for the Dept. of Structural Biology at the Paul-Scherrer-Institute (2002)
  • Member, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie GBM (since 2001) 
  • Member, Center for Nanoscience CeNS Munich (since 2002) 
  • Public relations activities incl. open days, newspapers, TV and radio programs (since 2000)

Teaching and training
  • Supervised 17 Postdocs, 44 PhD students, 46 Master, Diploma and Bachelor research students (including current lab members, excluding external students and internships)
  • Established course ‘Master of Science in Biochemistry’ at the LMU Munich
  • Chair of the ‘Prüfungsausschuß’ LMU Master program in Biochemistry 2004-2006
  • Undergraduate lecture series in basic and cellular biochemistry, structure and function 
of macromolecules, life cycle of proteins, flow of genetic information, structural biology
  • Mentored independent junior research group leaders at the Gene Center Munich
  • Organized practical courses in basic and advanced biochemistry
  • Conducted journal clubs on current topics in structural biology and gene expression
  • Organized international seminar series on current topics in the life sciences
  • Organized several conferences and symposia in Munich and elsewhere
  • Carried out numerous oral examinations (Bachelor, Master, Diploma, PhD)
Extramural funding
  • Acquired Euro 33.4 Mio extramural funding in 2003-2012 (separate list)
  • Member of various extramural funding networks and schools, including SFB646 
‘Networks in genome expression and maintenance’, SFB960 ‘Ribosome biogenesis’, Transregio 5 ‘Chromatin’, Cluster of excellence ‘Center for Integrated Protein Science Munich’, Cluster of excellence ‘Nanosystems Initiative Munich’, Graduiertenkolleg ‘Structural biology hybrid methods’, ‘Graduate school for Quantitative Biosciences Munich’, International Max Planck Research School ‘From Biology to Medicine’.
  • Funding sources: DFG, ERC, EU FP6 and FP7, EMBO, Marie-Curie Foundation, Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds, Fonds der chemischen Industrie, Jung-Stiftung, Elitenetzwerk Bayern, Freistaat Bayern, Humboldt Foundation, Roche.