Michael Wassenegger received a Diploma in biology (M.S. degree in biology) at Max-Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany and University of Cologne, Germany, in 1984. From 1988 to 1998, he was a Group Leader at the Department of Viroid Research, Max-Planck Institute for Biochemistry (Professor Sänger), Martinsried, Germany; from 1999 to 2003, the Head of the Epigenetics Department, Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (Professor Fischer), Aachen, Germany; and since 2004, the Deputy Director of the AlPlanta-Institute for Plant Research and the Head of the Epigenetics Department, RLP AgroScience GmbH, Neustadt, Weinstrasse, Germany. From 2001 to 2007, he was an Associated Professor of molecular biology, University of Aachen, Germany, and since 2007, he has been an Associated Professor of molecular biology, University of Heidelberg, Germany. His research interests include investigation of RNA-mediated gene silencing processes with a focus on epigenetic phenomena, including studies on RNA-directed DNA methylation, characterization of virus silencing suppressor proteins, development of plant bioreactor platforms for high-level expression of recombinant proteins, and viroid research.
Biography Updated on 8 February 2012