The venom of a single spider can contain up to 3000 components. These components, mostly peptides, can be used to develop promising drug leads for the treatment of diseases. Spider venom can also be used as a biological pesticide. A team of scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Molec ... more
Dr. Christian Schulze Gronover
Fraunhofer-Institut für Molekularbiologie und Angewandte Oekologie IME
Christian Schulze Gronover, born in 1975, is a molecular biologist who received his doctorate in biology from the University of Münster in 2004. During his doctoral studies, he was a visiting scientist at the Scottish Crop Research Institute in Dundee, Scotland, and at the Graduate School for Experimental Plant Sciences in Utrecht, the Netherlands. After two years as a postdoc working in plant and microbial biotechnology he joined The Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME, Münster, Germany, in 2006 and has been a group leader there since 2010. His focus is molecular biotechnology and plant breeding research.
Dr. Christian Schulze Gronover's research was chosen as one of Time Magazine's Top 50 innovations in 2009, awarded the Hanson Medal in 2011, the Josef von Fraunhofer Prize in 2015, the Hugo Junkers Prize in 2020, and nominated for the German Future Prize in 2021.