Plenary Lecture 5
Dr. Reinhard Jahn
Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Department of Neurobiology
Neuronal exocytosis: mechanisms and energy barriers
Reinhard Jahn studied biology and chemistry at the Universities of Freiburg and Göttingen (Germany) and finished his studies in 1981 with a PhD at the University of Göttingen. After a postdoc with Paul Greengard at Rockefeller University he became Assistant Professor at Rockefeller and then re-located in 1986 as junior group leader to the Max-Planck-Institute for Psychiatry in Munich. In 1991, Reinhard Jahn was appointed as tenured Associate Professor for Pharmacology and Cell Biology at Yale University, with a joint appointment at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. 1995 he was promoted to Professor. In 1997, he returned to Germany where he holds the position of a director and scientific member at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and of a professor of the University of Göttingen.
Reinhard Jahn won several awards such as the Max-Planck Research Prize (1990), the Gottfried-Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (2000), the Ernst-Jung Prize for Medicine (2006), the Sir Bernhard Katz Award (2008), the Eduard Buchner Prize (2013), and the Heinrich Wieland Prize (2014). Since many years, Reinhard Jahns’ research interests focus on the molecular mechanisms of neuronal exocytosis, on SNARE-mediated membrane fusion, and on the structure and function of synaptic vesicles.
In addition to his scientific activities, Reinhard Jahn has served the scientific community as Panel member/chair of the ERC, as member and chair of scientific advisory boards (e.g. EMBL), and in numerous peer evaluations. Furthermore, Reinhard Jahn is the Dean of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences.