Scientific Career of Dr. Rolf Sprengel
PhD in Microbiology at the University of Heidelberg (11/1981 – 6/1983)
Examined and awarded by the University 6/1983
Dipl. Diploma in Biology at the University of Heidelberg (9/1975 – 10/1981)
Examined and awarded by the University 10/1981
2021 – Retired Staff member of the Max Planck Institute of Medical Research
2015 – 2021 Research Group Leader of the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research at the Institute for Anatomy and Cell Biology at Heidelberg University. Investigating mouse models with gene-targeted or conditional, transgenic mutations found in human patients with cognitive impairments autism spectrum disorder (ADS).
2001 – 2015 Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg. Generation of mouse models to study cognition and mental disorders in mice. Development of rAAV mediated gene-transfer in mice.
1996 – 2001 Research associate, in Peter Seeburg’s Dept. of Molecular Neurobiology at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg. Generation of mouse models with altered fast signal transmission in the CNS using gene-targeting and transgenic approaches.
1988 – 1996 Research associate in Peter Seeburg's group at the Center for Molecular Biology, ZMBH at the Heidelberg University. Functional analysis and cloning of Glycoprotein hormone receptors, G-protein coupled receptors and ligand gated ion channels.
1986 – 1988 Postdoctoral fellow in the independent research group of H. Will at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Munich
Cloning and host range studies of other avian hepatitis B viruses.
1985 – 1986 Postdoctoral fellow in the research group of H. Varmus at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of California San Francisco, UCSF. Establishing the duck hepatitis B virus system as model for HBV infections.
1983 – 1985 Postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Microbiology of H. Schaller at the University of Heidelberg. Cloning and sequencing of the duck hepatitis B virus system as model for HBV infections.
Awards and elected memberships
Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Neuroscience in Heidelberg (IZN)
Member of the Heidelberg Biosciences International Graduate School (HBIGS)
01/2018 – present Invited member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Chica and Heinz Schaller Foundation (CHS)
11/29/2017 Laudator for the award winner of the Heidelberg Molecular Life Science 2017
12/2017 – present Invited editing reviewer for Frontiers of Molecular Neuroscience
08/2014 – 11/2014 Invited visiting guest Professor at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology in Seoul
08/2011 – 2021 Visiting professor at the University of Oslo
2002 – 2021 Regular member of the American Society for Neuroscience (SFN)
01/2001 Call to Max Planck Working Group Leader from the president of the Max Planck Society
1997 – 2021 Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
01/1985 – 12/1985 Fellowship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
04/1983 – 12/1984 Fellowship of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation
Honorary activities in Academics, Society, and Politics
Editing reviewer for Frontiers of Molecular Neuroscience
Reviewer for the German Research Foundation (DFG)
Reviewer for the Schram Foundation
Reviewer for the Alexander Humboldt Foundation
Reviewer for the Czech Science Foundation
Peer-reviewed publications (385, Citations: 35.175 h-index 93; i10-index 211), source Google scholar