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„The dialogue of the human immune system with viruses, bacteria and funghi is faszinating. We ignore most microorganisms, some we make use of, and some cause diseases. Infectious diseases are a constant threat to our society, the COVID-19 pandemic provides a drastic example. The Robert-Koch foundation promotes research on the pathogens and on the reactions of our immune system to them, immunity and autoimmunity, to combat infectious diseases based on a holistic understanding. The Robert-Koch prizes make progress visible, they are a compass for future research. This is why the Robert-Koch foundation is so important to me!“ Prof. Dr. Andreas Radbruch
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Scientific Advisory Council Members

The Scientific Advisory Council advises the Board of Directors of the Robert Koch Foundation in all science-related issues and recommends to the Board the recipients of the Foundation’s awards. The Scientific Advisory Council consists of senior scientists from Germany and abroad (in the picture Andreas Radbruch). Its members carry out this activity on a voluntary unpaid basis.



Prof. Dr. Andreas Radbruch

Scientific Director
German Rheumatism Research Centre Berlin (DRFZ)


Prof. Dr. Axel A. Brakhage
Direktor, Leibniz-Institut für Naturstoff-Forschung und Infektionsbiologie (HKI), Jena
Prof. Dr. Emmanuelle Charpentier
Director for Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens, Berlin
Prof. Dr. Peter Hammann
Helmholtz-Institut für Pharmazeutische Forschung des Saarlandes, HZI
Prof. Dr. Jules A. Hoffmann
Directeur de l’Institut de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire du CNRS, Strasbourg
Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Kräusslich
Dean, Medical Faculty of Heidelberg
Prof. Dr. Heidrun Moll
Institut für Molekulare Infektionsbiologie, Würzburg
Dr. Peter Palese
Horace W. Goldsmith Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York/USA
Prof. Dr. Britta Siegmund
Medical Director of the Medical Department, Division of Gastroenterology, Infectiology and Rheumatology, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin vice president of the DFG
Prof. Dr. Dominique Soldati-Favre
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine, University of Geneva Medical School, Geneva
Prof. Dr. med. Sebastian Suerbaum ML
Vorstand Max von Pettenkofer-Institut für Hygiene und Medizinische Mikrobiologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Prof. Dr. Lars Schaade
Präsident des Robert Koch-Instituts Berlin
Dr. Karl Ziegelbauer
CSO & Executive Vice President Research & Development Almirall R&D