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Peter H. Seeberger

Freie Universität Berlin & Max Planck Institute

Peter H. Seeberger received his Vordiplom in 1989 from the Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, where he studied chemistry as a Bavarian government fellow. In 1990 he moved as a Fulbright scholar to the University of Colorado where he earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry under the guidance of Marvin H. Caruthers in 1995. After a postdoctoral fellowship with Samuel J. Danishefsky at the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research in New York City he became Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in January 1998 and was promoted to Firmenich Associate Professor of Chemistry with tenure in 2002. From June 2003 until January 2009 held the position of Professor for Organic Chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland where he served as chair of the laboratory in 2008. In 2009 he assumed positions as Director at the Max-Planck Institute for Colloids and Surfaces in Potsdam and Professor at the Free University of Berlin. Since 2003 he serves as an Affiliate Professor at the Burnham Institute in La Jolla, CA.

Professor Seeberger’s research has been documented in over 215 articles in peer-reviewed journals, two books, fifteen issued patents and patent applications, more than 100 published abstracts and more than 450 invited lectures. Among other awards he received the Arthur C. Cope Young Scholar and Horace B. Isbell Awards from the American Chemical Society (2003), the Otto-Klung Weberbank Prize for Chemistry (2004), the Havinga Medal (2007), the Yoshimasa Hirata Gold Medal (2007), the Körber Prize for European Sciences (2007), the UCB-Ehrlich Award for Excellence in Medicinal Chemistry (2008) and the Claude S. Hudson Award for Carbohydrate Chemistry from the American Chemical Society (2009). In 2007 and 2008 he was selected among “The 100 Most Important Swiss” by the magazine ”Schweizer Illustrierte”. In 2010 he will receive the Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award for Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry.
Peter H. Seeberger is the Editor of the Journal of Carbohydrate Chemistry and serves on the editorial advisory boards of seven other journals. He is a founding member of the board of the Tesfa-Ilg “Hope for Africa” Foundation that aims at improving health care in Ethiopia in particular by providing access to malaria vaccines and HIV treatments. He is a consultant and serves on the scientific advisory board of several companies. In 2006 he served as president of the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences.

Up to 20 scientists and leading experts from all over the world and a wide range of disciplines are invited to share insights into their future-changing work at the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November, in front of 700 international guests. In an inspiring, information-packed 15 minutes each, speakers present the core of their breakthroughs – which walls are they helping to tear down and how will it transform our lives?

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