Rolf Müller is Managing Director of the Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS), Germany. He has held this role since 2009, and also heads the Department of Microbial Natural Products (MINS). Since 2003, he has held a chair as professor of pharmaceutical biotechnology at Saarland University, Germany.
Rolf is involved in several national and international research networks and collaborations to identify novel bioactive natural products, analyze their biosynthesis and structures and develop their biological and chemical properties towards novel (pre)clinical candidates. He is elected member of both the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (ACATECH) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. Rolf is also an honorary professor of the Shandong University-Helmholtz Joint Institute of Biotechnology, which has recently been recognized as a Helmholtz International Laboratory for Anti-infectives. In 2021, he was awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Prize.
Rolf studied pharmacy in Bonn, Germany and went on to obtain his PhD here in 1994. After a two-year research scholarship at the University of Washington in the USA, he became junior group leader at the Gesellschaft für Biotechnologische Forschung in Braunschweig. In 2000, he completed his habilitation thesis at the Technische Universität Braunschweig on the biosynthesis of antibiotics in actinomycetes and myxobacteria.
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