Honorary doctor: Andreas Engel

Professor Andreas Engel, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland (Health)

Aarhus University is awarding an honorary doctorate in the health sciences to a researcher of the highest international calibre. Professor Andreas Engel belongs to the elite group of researchers in the structural biology of membrane proteins.

Andreas Engel leads the field in this area – particularly with regard to cryo-electron crystallography, atomic-force microscopy and high-resolution techniques in the study of membrane proteins. This is a cutting-edge area of research which is vital for Aarhus University.

Professor Engel is an experienced mentor for young, talented researchers. He has supervised 27 PhD scholars and been the mentor for 23 postdocs. Inspired by their time under his guidance, 20 of his previous students or postdocs have pursued a career within basic research.

Andreas Engel possesses the experience and competences needed to strengthen research into membrane proteins at Aarhus University even further, this being an area of focus which was originally started by the Nobel Laureate Professor Jens Chr. Skou. In his interdisciplinary collaboration at the university, Professor Engel will help to create and develop new methods in the study of membrane proteins.

This will open up new opportunities for collaboration between the Department of Biomedicine, research centres such as iNANO, PUMPKIN and the Water and Salt Research Centre, and leading international researchers at high-ranking research institutions.

Curriculum Vitae

Professor, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA


  • 2008-:                Professor, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA
  • 2006-2010:         Koordinator for det europæiske HT3DEM-projekt
  • 2004-2009:         Koordinator, det europæiske projekt NoE 3D elektron-mikroskopi
  • 2001-2010:         Projektleder, NNCR Strukturel Biologi
  • 2001-2009:         Projektleder, NNCR Nanoskala Videnskab
  • 1999-2000:         Formand for Biozentrum, University of Basel, Schweiz
  • 1987-2010:         Professor, Maurice E. Müller Institute, University of Basel, Schweiz
  • 1985-1987:         Gruppeleder, Research & Development, Ilford Ltd., Fribourg, Schweiz
  • 1983:                 Venia legendi i biofysik
  • 1980-1985:         Projektleder, Biozentrum, University of Basel, Schweiz
  • 1975-1980:         Forskningsassistent, Biozentrum, University of Basel, Schweiz
  • 1973-1974:         Postdoc, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
  • 1969-1972:         Ph.d. i fysik, University of Bern, Schweiz
  • 1965-1969:         Kandidatgrad i fysik, University of Bern, Schweiz

Udvalgte priser og hæder

  • 2008:                    Foredragsholder, US Davis
  • 2006:                    Karl Friedrich Bonhoeffer-foredragsholder, Göttingen, Tyskland
  • 2006:                    Edmund de Rothschild-foredragsholder, Paris, Frankrig
  • 2003:                    Robert Feulgen-foredragsholder, Les Diablerets, Schweiz
  • 1999:                    Max Gruber-foredragsholder, Groningen, Holland
  • 1997:                    Gian Töndury-prisen, Schweiz
  • 1972-1991:            Max Planck-forskningspris, Tyskland
  • 1973-1974:            Karriereudviklingspris, Swiss National Science Foundation, Schweiz