Founding Director, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology;
Professor, Charite University Clinics Berlin
Stefan is the Founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin, where he heads the Department of Immunology, and a Professor for Microbiology and Immunology, Charité University Clinics Berlin. Formerly, he was President of the German Society for Immunology and the European Federation of Immunological Societies and of the International Union of Immunological Societies. He has served on numerous other boards including the Scientific Board and Executive Committee of the Robert Koch Foundation, Chairman of the Board of the Schering Foundation, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), and the Scientific Board of the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance). Stefan was also a member of the Strategic Advisory Committee of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP).
Other scientific and global health impacts Stefan has made include being an initiator of the global Day of Immunology to raise public awareness in immunology and developing a tuberculosis vaccine with successful completion of a phase II clinical trial.
Stefan has made a significant academic footprint first studying biology at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, PhD (highest degree, summa cum laude) and going on to become a professor at universities around the world. Stefan was a Professor for Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Ulm. Other academic roles include Doctor Honoris Causa from the Aix-Marseille Université; Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (FRCP Edin); Honorary Professor of the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru; Guest Professor at Tongji University, School of Medicine, Shanghai, China; and Visiting Professor, Peking Union Medical College Beijing, China.