Since 1993, Thomas Sommer has been a research group leader at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, where he investigates the mechanisms of protein quality control. He received a professorship for Cellular Biochemistry at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin in 2009.
Sommer is highly regarded as a researcher and very experienced in science management. In 2003, he was elected a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and in 2012, he received the Science Prize of the German Technion Society. Since 2017, he has served as the Lady Davis Visiting Professor at the Technion – Israel Institute for Technology in Haifa.
He has been one of the elected expert reviewers of the German Research Foundation (DFG) since the end of 2019 and is a member of the DFG’s committee investigating allegations of scientific misconduct. He is also on the board of the German Center for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK) and of EU-LIFE and sits on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Center of Medical Biotechnology of the University of Duisburg-Essen.
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