Prof. Dr.
Philippe Bastiaens

Director, Department of

Systemic Cell Biology >

Phone:+49 (231) 133-2200


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Phone:+49 (231) 133-2201

Philippe Bastiaens was born 1963 in Den Helder (Netherlands). He studied biochemistry and molecular physics at the University of Wageningen (Netherlands) and at the University of Georgia (USA) and the University of Illinois (USA). In 1988 he received his diploma (with distinction) in “Engineering in Molecular Sciences” from the University of Wageningen, where from 1989 – 1992 he earned his doctorate in biochemistry with distinction. 

From 1993 to 1996 he was postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen in the research group of Thomas Jovin. During this time he became interested in spectroscopic techniques for the investigation of protein interactions in living cells. In 1997 he became a group leader at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London. In 2000 he returned to Germany to take on a group leader position at the renowned European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg. At the same time he was a professor at the University of Amsterdam, where he focused on the microscopic analysis of the dynamics of biochemical processes in cells. 

In 2006 he became director of the Department of Systemic Cell Biology at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology in Dortmund. Since then, he has been teaching cell biology and systems biology at TU Dortmund University. 

Since January 2019 he is the managing director of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology.

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