Ulrich Certa was born in Büren, Germany, in 1953. He received his M.S. degree in biochemistry and microbiology from the University of Göttingen (FRG), Germany in 1978 and the Ph.D. degree in 1981 in developmental biology. From 1982 until 1985, he joined Michael Grunstein’s lab at UCLA Los Angeles, Calif, USA, as a Postdoctoral Fellow working on yeast histones. In 1985, he joined the central research laboratories at F. Hoffmann-La Roche in Switzerland working on Malaria vaccine development. Since then, he was involved in numerous research projects with a focus on genomics and implementation of novel technologies such as microarrays or next-generation sequencing. In 2004, he was appointed as a Professor of molecular genetics at the University of Basel. In 2008, he joined the Department of Preclinical Safety, where he is currently the Global Head of Molecular Toxicology. His current research focus is the genomic and genetic characterization of animal models as a step towards improvement of drug safety in humans.
Biography Updated on 8 June 2011