Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Stefan H. E. Kaufmann is founding director and director of the Department of Immunology of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin. Professor for microbiology and immunology at the Charité, Humboldt University, Berlin, and honorary professor at the University Clinics Benjamin Franklin, Free University, Berlin. Guest Professor, Tongji University, School of Medicine, Shanghai, China, September 2011.Past president and honorary member of the German Society for Immunology. Past President of the European Federation of Immunological Societies (EFIS). President of the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS).
Born 1948 in Ludwigshafen am Rhein. Studied biology at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, 1977 PhD (highest degree, summa cum laude). From 1987 to 1991 professor for medical microbiology and immunology, and from 1991 to 1998 full professor for immunology at the University of Ulm. Scientific interests: immunity to bacterial pathogens with emphasis on tuberculosis and rational vaccine design.
Co-Developer of a recombinant BCG-vaccine candidate which is in a phase II-clinical trial.
Representative of research and technological health institutes as Alternate Board Member of GAVI Alliance (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation). Initiated the Day of Immunology to raise public awareness in immunology.
Numerous scientific awards. Doctor Honoris Causa from Université de la Mediterranée, Aix-Marseille II. Coordinator of several international and interdisciplinary projects. More than 600 publications mostly in high-ranking journals. Highly cited immunologist (ISI Thomson). H-Index (according to J. E. Hirsch): 81. Editor or member of editorial boards of more than 20 international scientific journals. Member of numerous professional societies and academies, e. g. American Academy of Microbiology, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, German Academy of Natural Sciences ‘Leopoldina’ and World Innovation Foundation.