Thomas Börner


1979 Habilitation (Dr. sc. nat., Genetics), Martin Luther University, Halle/Saale (MLU)

1974 PhD (Dr. rer. nat., Genetics), MLU

1969-1972 Graduate Studies (Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry), MLU

1965-1969 Undergraduate Studies (Biology), MLU



1993-2012 C4-Professor (Genetics), Humboldt University, Berlin (HUB)

1984-1993 Full Professor (Chair of Genetics), HUB

1982-1984 Associate Professor (Genetics), HUB

1972-1992 Research Associate, Dept. Genetics, MLU


Research Interests (


Synthesis and function of secondary metabolites in cyanobacteria

Signal transduction in cyanobacteria

Biofuel production in cyanobacteria

Regulatory interactions between plastids, mitochondria and nucleus of higher plants

Gene expression in plant mitochondria and plastids

Phylogeny of filamentous fungi


Selected further scientific activities:


Since 1999 Member Berlin-Brandenburg Akademy of Science (

Since 2004 Member German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina


Since 2008 Member Selection Committee Leopoldina Fellowship Programme

1999-2010 Spokesman of the Collaborative Research Center 429 (18 research groups working on molecular plant physiology, supported by DFG)

2004-2012 Member Review Board (Plant Sciences) German Research Foundation (DFG), Bonn (

1994-2004 Member, Selection Panel of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn; (

1993-1998 Member Scientific Council, Federal Centre for Breeding Research on Cultivated Plants

1991-1996 Vice President, German Genetics Society

1990-1992 Dean, Dept.Biology, Humboldt University

1985-1991 Head, Interdisciplinary Center of Biotechnology, HUB

1982-2012 Head, Division of Genetics, HUB

2013 Kurt-Mothes-Professur, MLU, Halle