Department Chemical Biology II (Christian Hackenberger)

CV Prof. Christian Hackenberger

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Academic career

1996 – 1998Undergraduate studies and prediploma in Chemistry           
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
1998 – 1999Graduate studies and M.Sc. with Prof. Samuel H. Gellman
Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison, USA
2000 – 2003Ph.D. research with Prof. Carsten Bolm (summa cum laude)
2003 – 2005     Postdoctoral work with Prof. Barbara Imperiali
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
2004Research stay with Prof. Sheena E. Radford
University of Leeds, UK
2005 – 2006Junior group leader as Liebig-Scholar (FCI)
Freie Universität Berlin
2006 – 2011Emmy-Noether-Group leader
Freie Universität Berlin
2011Habilitation and venia legendi in Organic Chemistry
Freie Universität Berlin
2011 – 2012 Associate Professor (W2) for Bioorganic Chemistry
Freie Universität Berlin
2012 –Leibniz-Humboldt-Professor (W3) for Chemical Biology
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and FMP


Research interests

  • Development of chemoselective ligation and modification strategies for functional protein synthesis
  • Labeling strategies for antibody- and nanobody-conjugates, generation of antibody-drug-conjugates (ADCs)
  • Synthesis and proteomic analysis of labile phosphorylated peptides (pLys and pCys)
  • Intracellular delivery and targeting of functional proteins
  • Functional investigation of the Alzheimer-relevant Tau protein
  • Engineering of protein-based multivalent scaffolds, metabolic oligosaccharide engineering

Honors and Awards

2020Breakthrough of the Year-Award (Life Sciences) by the Falling Walls Foundation
2019Novartis Lecturer and Visiting Professor New York University (NYU)
2018Leonidas Zervas Award of the European Peptide Society
2018JSPS Invitational Fellowship (Japan)
2018Leibniz Gründerpreis for the foundation of Tubulis Technologies
2018Visiting Professor at the Leopold-Franzens Universität Innsbruck
2016 Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
2014 “The best 40 under 40 in Germany” (Welt am Sonntag)
2013Harlan L. and Margaret L. Goering Visiting Professor of Chemistry (UW Madison/WI, USA)
2012ORCHEM-Award of the GDCh for junior investigators
2011/2012 Recognized as “Top 40 young German scientists under 40” (Capital)
2011Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz-Award of the DFG
2011ADUC-Award of the GDCh for junior investigators
2011Dozentenstipendium of the “Fonds der chemischen Industrie” (FCI) and the Aventis Foundation
2010Recognition in the competition “Junior investigator of the year 2010”
2010“Plus 3”-Award of the Boehringer-Ingelheim Foundation
2009Price of the GDCh section “Macromolecular Chemistry” (Fachgruppe Makromolekulare Chemie)
2008Price of the Otto-Röhm Memorial Foundation
2006Emmy-Noether-Group leader
2005Liebig-Scholarship of the FCI
2005Thieme-Journal Award
2003/2005Postdoctoral fellowship of the DAAD and DFG
2003Borchers Medal and Friedrich-Wilhelm Price (RWTH Aachen)
2001Scholarship for scientific journalism of the FCI
2000/2001“Kekulé”-Ph.D.-Scholarship of the FCI and of the “Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes”
1998Study-abroad Scholarship of the Universität Freiburg within the “Academic-Year-Programs”
1997Scholarship of the “Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes”

 Further activities/memberships/commissions of trust

2019 -Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Chemical Science (Royal Society of Chemistry RSC)
2016 -Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of ChemBioChem (Wiley-VCh)
2015 –Associate Editor Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry (Royal Society of Chemistry RSC)
2011 – 2018Spokesman and Head of the DFG priority program (DFG Schwerpunktprogramm)  SPP 1623
2012 –Liaison professor (Vertrauensdozent) of the “Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes”
2008 –Elected Member of the Max Bergmann Society, Germany
2008 –Independent project leader (TP B5) and member of the executive board in the SFB 765
2002 –Member of the American Chemical Society (ACS)
2001 –Member of the GDCh
2012 – 2014Member of the Advisory Board of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry (RSC)
2011 – 2013Head of the GDCh section in Berlin (Ortsverband Berlin)
2008 – 2012Member of the network “Excellence at German Universities” of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation
2008 – 2012Spokesman and Head of the Research Training Group (Graduiertenkolleg) within the SFB 765
2007 – 2012Member of the permanent advisory board of the Dahlem Research School
2001Editorial office assistant and author at the WDR television (Wissenschaftsredaktion)

Conference organization

2019Organization (Head) Emil-Fischer-Symposium in Berlin
2019Organization (Head) 8th Chemical Protein Synthesis Meeting in Berlin
2017Organizaation (Board Member) 7th Cemical Protein Synthesis Meeting in Haifa
2015Organization (Board Member) ECBS/ICBS "Chemical Biology" in Berlin
2014Organization (Head) 5th Sion-German Conference “Frontiers of Chemistry” in Berlin
2014Organization (Head) GDCh-Biochemistry Symposium “Bioorthogonal Chemistry” in Berlin
2013Organization (Board Member) 5th Chemical Protein Synthesis Meeting in Vienna
2012Organization (Board Member) 4th Sion-German Conference “Frontiers of Chemistry” in Bejing
2008Organization (Head) 5th Emmy-Noether-Meeting in Chemistry 2008 at the FU Berlin
2007Organization (Head) 17th symposium “Bioorganische Chemie” for junior researchers
2006Organization (Head) 16th symposium “Bioorganische Chemie” for junior researchers


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