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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Lothar H. Wieler

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Career
Since March 2015President of the Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany
1998 – 2015Full professor and Director of the Institute of Microbiology and Epizootics, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
2003 – 2009Dean of research in the Department of Veterinary Medicine, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
1990 – 1998Institute of Hygiene and Infectious Diseases of Animals, Justus Liebig University Gießen, Germany
1997Board certification for Microbiology
1996Habilitation (field: Infectious Diseases and Hygiene of Animals; Institute of Hygiene and Infectious Diseases of Animals, Justus Liebig University Gießen, Germany)
1988Doctoral thesis (Institute of Medical Microbiology, Infection and Epidemic Diseases, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany)
1987 – 1990Department of Pathology, Ulm University, Germany
1986 – 1987Military Service in the Bundeswehr
1980 – 1985Study of Veterinary Medicine (Freie Universität Berlin and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany)
Roles in academic committees and memberships
Since December 2022Lancet Commission on 21st Century Global Health Threats
Since August 2021Senator of the Leopoldina Section Global Health
Since November 2020Member of the One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance launched by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
Since September 2020Chair of the International Health Regulation Review Committee (IHR-RC)
Since June 2019Co-Chair of the Working Group on Influenza Preparedness and Response of the World Health Organization (WHO)
Since May 2018Member of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Infectious Hazards (STAG-IH) of the World Health Organisation (WHO)
Since February 2018Member of the European Advisory Committee on Health Research (EACHR) of WHO/Europe
Since October 2017Member of the IANPHI (International Association of National Public Health Institutes) Executive Board
Since May 2016Member of the scientific advisory board of the Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology
Since January 2016Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness (GloPID-R)
Since November 2015Member (guest) of the scientific advisory boards of the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) and the Research Center Borstel
Since October 2015Member of the Berlin Network/Centre for Bioinformatics (BNZB)
Since June 2015Vice-board spokesman for the project consortium “InfectControl 2020”
Since September 2010Elected Member of the Leopoldina, Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften
Former roles in academic committees and memberships
2016 – 2021Senator of the Leopoldina section Veterinary Medicine
2012 – 2015Member of the Protection Commission at the German Federal Ministry of the Interior
2012 – 2014Chair of the specialist group "Zoonosis" of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie (DGHM, German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology)
2011 – 2020Member of the military medical advisory board at the German Federal Ministry of Defence
2011 – 2015Chair of the scientific advisory committee at the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute (federal research institute for animal health), Insel Riems, Germany
2010 – 2016Speaker of the International DFG Research Training Group (IRTG) 1673 “Functional Molecular Infection Epidemiology”
2009 – 2014Board member of the Deutsche Veterinärmedizinische Gesellschaft (DVG, German Veterinary Medical Society)
2009 – 2014Internal advisory board member of the German Research Platform for Zoonoses
2008 – 2016Elected member of the DFG review board 207
2008 – 2014Vice-spokesman for the Zoonoses and infection research working group at the "Technology, Methods, and Infrastructure for Networked Medical Research" (TMF)
2007 - 2015Coordinator of the BMBF network on zoonotic diseases "Food-borne zoonotic infections in humans" (FBI-Zoo)
2007 - 2014Chair of the section "Infection disease" the of the German Veterinary Society
2002 - 2004Chair of the working group "Bacteriology and Mycology" the of the German Veterinary Society
Research stays abroad
2012Sabbatical at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge; Prof. Dr. Gordon Dougan, United Kingdom
1996Volunteer research associate (NIH scholarship) at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, USA; School of Medicine, Center for Vaccine Development; Prof. Dr. James B. Kaper (NIH Grant AI 21657)
2022Honorary Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Dr. med. vet. h.c.) by the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
2022Golden badge of honour of the Freie Universität Berlin
2021Research Professor for Experimental Infectious Medicine of the Jürgen Manchot Foundation
2021Honorary Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Dr. med. vet. h.c.) by the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover
2021Ferdinand Cohn medal of the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology
2021AVES Honorary Diplomate by the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society
2021Honorary Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Dr. med. vet. h.c.) by the Vetsuisse-Faculty of the University of Zurich
2021Albrecht-von-Graefe-medal of the Berliner Medizinische Gesellschaft
2016Walter Frei-Award, Vetsuisse faculty, University of Zurich
2007Main Award of the German Society of Hygiene and Microbiology (DGHM)
1997Young Scientist Award of the German Veterinary Society (DVG)
Editorial Boards
Since 2009Associate Editor of "Gut Pathogens"
2003 - 2018Editor of the "Berliner und Münchener Tierärztliche Wochenschrift" (BMTW)