International Women in Science Conference
Hermann Bujard is Deputy Executive Director of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) in Heidelberg, Germany. He also maintains an active research laboratory at Heidelberg's Center for Molecular Biology (ZMBH), where his research focuses on the development of vaccines against malaria.
Hermann Bujard studied organic chemistry in Freiburg and Göttingen. He received his diploma in 1960, under the guidance of Professor Hans Brockmann, and in 1962 was awarded a doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.). In 1964, he moved to the USA, where he worked with Charles Heidelberger at the University of Wisconsin and then as Assistant Professor at the Southwest Center for Advanced Studies in Dallas. Returning to Germany in 1969, he became Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Heidelberg.
In 1982, Professor Bujard was appointed the Head of Biological Research and Deputy Director of F. Hoffmann La Roche Ltd. in Basel, Switzerland. It was here that he first became interested in the immunological aspects of malaria. He returned to the University of Heidelberg in 1986 as the first Director of the Center for Molecular Biology (ZMBH). Here he continued his research on the molecular mechanisms of gene regulation. Today, as Professor Emeritus, he runs a research group investigating malaria and the development of vaccines against P. Falciparum infections.
Professor Bujard has published 140 peer-reviewed articles and holds 25 international patents. He has served on a number of international scientific committees and participated in the founding committees of several German institutes. He was elected to the EMBO membership in 1976 and served on the EMBO Council from 1989-1995. He is also a member of the Max-Planck-Institute for Medical Research. Other awards include an honorary doctorate from the University of Würzburg, the Beckurts Prize for Achievements in Basic Research, the Yvette Mayent Prize for Cancer Research and the 2005 Medal of Merit from the state of Baden-Württemberg.