Winfried Denk


Curriculum Vitae

1978-1981: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich

1981-1984: Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland

1984-1989: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

1989: PhD in physics (1990)

1989-1991: IBM Research Lab in Rueschlikon, Switzerland, postdoctoral fellow

1991-1999: Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill NJ, independent research

1999-2011 (since 2011 acting director): Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg. Director. Head of the Department of Biomedical Optics

since 2002: Adjunct Professor of Physics, University of Heidelberg

since 2009: Senior Fellow, HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus

since 2011: Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Martinsried. Director. Head of the department Electrons - Photons - Neurons

Research Grants

2004-2007:Title: Functional imaging of neural networks with non-linear optics
Agency: Human Frontier Science Program

Honors and Awards

  • 1986 - 1989: IBM Graduate Research Fellowship
  • 1998: Young Investigator Award der Biophysical Society
  • 2000: Rank Prize für Opto-Electronics
  • 2003: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize der DFG (German Research Council)
  • 2005: Heller Lecture, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
  • 2006: Alden Spencer Award, columbia Universtity, New York
  • 2006: Kavli Lecture, Society for Neuroscience
  • 2008: Henri Sack Lecture, Cornell University, Ithaca
  • 2012: Kavli Prize in Neuroscience, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
  • 2013: Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Science (NAS), USA
  • 2013: Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award 
  • 2014: Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)
  • 2015: Member of the National Academy of Science (Leopoldina)
  • 2015: Brain Prize
  • 2015: Zülch Prize
  • 2016: Member of Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften
  • 2016: Honorary Professor at the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich
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