Professor Dr. Ulla Bonas

Academic Director

Professor Dr. Ulla Bonas studied Biology at the University of Cologne from 1974 to 1980. In 1984, she completed her PhD thesis in Genetics at the University of Cologne with a dissertation entitled In-vitro cloning of a transposable element in the chalcone synthase gene of Antirrhinum majus. From 1985 to 1987 she worked as a postdoc at the University of California, Berkeley, supported by fellowships from DAAD, DFG and the Max-Planck society. From 1988 to 1993 she was the Leader of an Independent Research Group at the Institute of Genbiologische Forschung Berlin GmbH. In 1992, she habilitated in Genetics at the Freie Universität Berlin in 1992 with a thesis on Molecular genetic analysis of the interaction between Xanthomonas campestris pv. vesicatoria and the plant. From 1993 to 1998 Ulla Bonas was a Groupleader (Directeur de Recherche; permanent) at the CNRS Institut des Sciences Végétales in Gif-sur-Yvette, France. Since 1998 she is a Full Professor of Genetics at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. Her research is focused on the genetic and molecular analysis of resistance and pathogenicity in the Xanthomonas/plant interaction.

Ulla Bonas is a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and in 2011 received the prestigious Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Price of the German Research Foundation (DFG). Since 2008 she is a member of the Leopoldina, the German National Academy of Sciences, and since 2015 she is vice-president of the Leopoldina.

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Kathleen Carls

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