Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr. Petra Schwille

Director of the Department
Cellular and Molecular Biophysics

Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry

Am Klopferspitz 18
82152 Martinsried

Email: schwille[a]
Phone: +49 (89) 8578 2900

Since 2012 Honorary Professor at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich (Physics Faculty)
Since 2011 Director at the Max-Planck-Institut of Biochemistry, Martinsried
2005 - 2010 Max-Planck-Fellow of the MPI-CBG
2002 - 2012 Full Professor of Biophysics, Dresden University of Technology (TUD)
1999 - 2002 Junior Group Leader "Experimental Biophysics"
Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen
1997 - 1999 Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Watt W. Webb,
Dept. Applied and Engineering Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
1996 - 1997 Postdoctoral Fellow at the MPI Göttingen
1996 PhD Exam at the Braunschweig University of Technology
Thesis: "Fluoreszenz-Korrelations-Spektroskopie: Analyse biochemischer Systeme auf Einzelmolekülebene"
1993 - 1996 PhD project at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen
Supervisor: Prof. Manfred Eigen
1993 Diploma in Physics, University of Göttingen
Thesis: "Nachweis der Temperaturerhöhung bei Ultraschallabsorption mit Hilfe des Mirage-Effektes"
1991 - 1992 Diploma student, Dept. of Medical and Biophysics, U. Göttingen, Prof. Harder
1989 - 1991 Study of Physics and Philosophy at the University of Göttingen
1989 "Vordiplom" in Physics
1987 - 1989 Study of Physics at the University of Stuttgart
1978 - 1987 Higher Education at the Hölderlin-Gymnasium, Lauffen am Neckar
1968 born January 25th in Sindelfingen/Germany

Awards and Fellowships

2013 Membership, EMBO
2013 Membership, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
2013 Suffrage Science Award, MRC-CSC, London
2012 Membership of the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
2011 Braunschweig Research Prize 2011
2010 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
2005 Max-Planck-Fellow of the Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
January 2004 Philip Morris Research Prize 2004
January 2003 Young Investigator Award for Biotechnology of the Peter und Traudl Engelhorn Foundation
August 2001 Lecturer award "Dozentenstipendium" by the German Chemical Industry Fund (Fonds der Chemischen Industrie)
August 1998 "Biofuture" Prize for support of a young investigator group, German Ministry of Education and Science BMBF
1997 - 1999 Feodor-Lynen-Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation for postdoctoral research at Cornell-University, USA
1994 - 1996 DAAD-Fellowship for graduate student research at the Karolinska Institute Stockholm, Sweden
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