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Prof. Dr. Dirk Prüfer

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Institut für Biologie und Biotechnologie der Pflanzen

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Prof. Dr. Dirk Prüfer

Dirk Prüfer, born in 1963, studied biology at the University of Cologne and gained his doctorate at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research. In 2004, he qualified as a professor at Justus Liebig University, Gießen, Germany. Since 2004 he is Professor of Molecular Plant Biotechnology at the Institute of Plant Biology and Biotechnology of the University of Münster, Germany, and Head of the Plant Biopolymers branch of the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME in Münster.


“It always seems impossible until it's done.”
(Nelson Mandela)


For his work, Prof. Prüfer was awarded the Otto Hahn Medal 1992, the Greentec Award 2014, the Josef von Fraunhofer Prize 2015, the Transfer Prize of the University of Münster 2018 and the Hugo Junkers Prize in 2020, and was nominated for the German Future Prize in 2021. In 2009, “Dandelion Rubber” was selected by Time Magazine as one of the top 50 innovations of the year.


Dirk Prüfer's main field of work is to develop new and to improve existing properties of crop plants by means of modern biotechnological techniques.

Facts, background information, dossiers

  • plant breeding
  • molecular plant bio…
  • plant biology
  • plant biotechnology
  • plant biopolymers
  • biotechnological techniques

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