Gerhard Gottschalk

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Gerhard Hermann Willi Gottschalk (born March 27, 1935 in Schwedt / Oder ) is a German microbiologist and genome researcher .


Gottschalk studied chemistry from 1953 to 1959 at the Humboldt University in Berlin . He was a research assistant at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen , where he received his doctorate in 1963 . In 1964 he moved to the University of California, Berkeley in California as a postdoc , returned to Göttingen in 1966 and became a lecturer in microbiology.

In 1970, he was August University Georg-the Department of Microbiology at the appointed . He was visiting professor at the University of California, Davis in 1972/1973 and at the University of California, Berkeley in 1978/1979. In 1975/76 he was rector of the Georg-August University in Göttingen. In 2003 he retired , but since 2003 he has held a professorship for genome research in Göttingen.

In 1976 he was accepted as a full member of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen . In 1998 he became a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina ; he is a corresponding member of several foreign science academies. From 1998 to 2000 he was President of the Union of German Academies of Sciences in Göttingen and the All European Academies (ALLEA). From 2003 to 2007 he was President of the Union of German Academies of Sciences (Akademienunion) .

Research priorities

Gerhard Gottschalk's research focuses on the metabolism and bioenergetics of various microorganisms . In 1997 he founded the Göttingen Laboratory for Genome Analysis , and in 2003 he initiated the Göttingen competence network in the GenoMik genome research program with “Genome research on bacteria for the analysis of bacterial biodiversity and its use to develop new production processes” ( BiotechGenoMik ). Since the genome laboratory was founded, the genomes of more than one hundred microorganisms have been deciphered. Gerhard Gottschalk's list of publications includes around 300 publications.

honors and awards

In 2005 Gottschalk received several awards, for example he is a Philip Morris Prize winner. For his fundamental research results on the metabolism of bacteria and archaebacteria , he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit , 1st class . In 2006 he and the Würzburg microbiologist Prof. Werner Goebel received the Emil von Behring Prize of the City of Marburg , one of the most highly endowed German medical awards . The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Rostock awarded Gottschalk an honorary doctorate in 2013.


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