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Department of Evolutionary Genetics

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 341 3550 - 500

e-mail: mittag@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de


1955

Born in Stockholm, Sweden.

1975-1976

School of Interpreters, Swedish Defense Forces.

1975-1981

Studies at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Uppsala, including History of Science, Egyptology, Russian.

1977-1980

Medical studies at the University of Uppsala, Sweden.

1979-1980

Part time research and teaching at the Department of Cell Biology, Uppsala, and Roche Institute for Molecular Biology, Nutley, N.J. USA.

1981-1986

Full time research as PhD-student at the Department of Cell Research, Uppsala.

1986

PhD degree at University of Uppsala, Sweden.

1986-1987

Postdoctoral research at the Institute for Molecular Biology II, University of Zürich, Switzerland.

1987

Short period of work at Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London, UK.

1987-1990

Postdoctoral research at Department of Biochemistry, University of California at Berkeley, USA.

1990

Docent (habilitation) in Medical Genetics, University of Uppsala, Sweden.

1990-1998

Full Professor (C4) of General Biology, University of Munich, Germany.

1997-

Director, Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany.

1999-

Honorary Professor of Genetics and Evolutionary Biology, University of Leipzig, Germany.

2003-2015

Guest Professor of Comparative Genomics, University of Uppsala, Sweden.

2016-

Honorary Research Fellow, Natural History Museum, London, UK.

Scholarships, Fellowships and Honors

1984-1986

Training scholarship from the Swedish Cancer Society.

1986

EMBO short-term fellowship.

1987

FEBS fellowship.

1987-1989

EMBO long-term fellowship.

1992

Leibniz Prize of the German Science Foundation.

1994

Honorary Doctorate, University of Zurich, Switzerland.

1996

EMBL Distinguished Visitor Lecture, Heidelberg, Germany.

1998

Member, Academia Europaea.
Max Delbrück Medal, Berlin, Germany.

1999

Member, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin, Germany.

Carus Medal and Prize, Halle and Schweinfurt,Germany.

Member, EMBO.

2000

Honorary Doctorate, University of Helsinki, Finland.

Rudbeck Prize, Uppsala, Sweden.

Member, Royal Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden.

2002

Member, Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina, Halle, Germany.

Foreign Member, Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters, Helsinki, Finland.

2003

Leipzig Science Prize, Leipzig, Germany.

Ernst Schering Prize, Berlin, Germany.

Member, Saxonian Academy of Sciences, Leipzig, Germany.

2004

Foreign Member, National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC, USA.

2005

Louis Jeantet Prize for Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland.

Virchow Medal, University of Würzburg, Germany.

2007

Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Emeritus Member, Academie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences, Brussels, Belgium.

2008

Order of Terra Mariana, 3rd Class, Republic of Estonia.

Gorjanovic-Kramberger Medal, Zagreb, Croatia.

Honorary Professor, Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.

Academy of Achievement Honoree, Washington D.C., USA.

Pour le mérite, Bonn, Germany. 

Honorary Doctorate, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.

2009

Kistler Prize, Seattle, WA, USA.

Grosses Bundesverdienstkreuz mit Stern, Berlin, Germany.

Darwin-Plakette, Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina, Halle, Germany.

Anatomische Les, Amsterdam, Holland.

2010

Theodor Bücher Medal, Federation of European Biochemical Societies.

Honorary Member, Croatian Anthropological Society, Zagreb, Croatia.

2011

Newcomb-Cleveland Prize, AAAS, Washington, D.C.

Foreign Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge MA, USA.

Biochemical Analysis Prize, DGKL, Berlin, Germany.

2012

H.M. The King's Medal (Kon:sGM12mhb), Stockholm, Sweden.

Honorary Doctor of Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

Corresponding Member, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb, Croatia.

Heisse Kartoffel, Leipzig, Gemany.

2013

Gruber Genetics Prize, New Haven, CT, USA.

Foreign Member, Royal Academy of Engineering, Stockholm, Sweden.

2014

Learning Ladder Prize, Stockholm, Sweden.

Allen Distinguished Investigator.

2015

Lomonosov Large Gold Medal, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.

Doctor of Science h.c., National University of Ireland, Galway.

Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, Mountain View, CA, USA.

Honorary Doctor, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk.

2016

Foreign Associate, Académie des Sciences, Institut de France.

Foreign Member, Royal Society of London, UK.

Keio Medical Science Prize, Keio University, Japan.

Scientific service

1990-1993

Associate Editor, Journal of Human Evolution.

1991-2004

Editorial Board, Genome Research.

1991-

Editorial Board, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.

1991-1995

HUGO Committee for Human Genetic Diversity.

1992-1993

Life Sciences Group, European Community Program "Human Capital and Mobiliy".

1993-1996

Panel member, Ancient Biomolecules Initiative, Science & Engineering Research Council, UK.

1995-2002

Editorial Board, Biological Chemistry.

1996-2006

Editorial Board, BioTechniques.

1996-2001

Advisor, Gene.

1996

EMBL Review Board, Biological Instrumentation Programme.

1997-2002

Editorial Board, Human Heredity.

1997-2000

Editorial Board, Ancient Biomolecules.

1997

Main organizer, Annual Meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

1997-2005

Board of Directors, "Genome Research" and "Cell Factory for functional Genomics" programs. Foundation for Strategic Research, Sweden.

1998

Organizer, Cold Spring Harbor Meeting on Human Evolution.

2000-

Advisory Board, Trends in Ecology and Evolution.

Organizer, Banbury Meeting, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

2000-2003

Scientific Advisory Board, Pyrosequencing AB, Sweden.

2001

Organizer, SNP Meeting, Stockholm, Sweden.

2001-2005

Kuratorium, Leipziger Stiftung für Innovation und Technologietransfer.

2004-2006

Organizer, Cold Spring Harbor Meeting “The Biology of Genomes”.

2004-2006

Scientific Advisory Board, Joint Genome Institute, Department of Energy, Walnut Creak, California, USA.

2005-2007

Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, Uppsala Centre for Comparative Genomics, Sweden.

2005

Organizer, "International Workshop on Encoding Information in DNA Sequences", Okinawa, Japan.

2007

Organizer, "Symposium on the Evolution of Brain, Behaviour & Intelligence", Hinxton, UK.

Organizer, "Linnaeus Classification of Humans Revisited", Uppsala, Sweden.

2008-

Scientific Advisory Board, Cold Spring Harbor Asia, Suzhou, China

2014-

Scientific Advisory Board, SciLifeLab, Sweden

2016-

Editorial Board, Cell

Teaching

1979-1980

Teaching assistant, Medical Cell Biology and Histology.

1981-1986

Lectures in Cell Biology and Genetics for medical students.

1980-1986

Lectures in History of Science for Egyptology students.

1987

Course in pedagogy for faculty, University of Uppsala.

1991-1998

Organization of theoretical and practical teaching in general biology and evolution, University of Munich.

1999-

Teaching in molecular evolutionary biology, University of Leipzig.