Team member CV

Dagmar Wachten, PhD

Principal Investigator

Dagmar Wachten Lab

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Bio Summary

Dagmar Wachten studied biology at the University of Cologne. She obtained her doctorate at the Helmholtz Research Center Jülich and then moved on to do a Postdoc at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge, UK. She returned to Germany in 2010 to work at the caesar Research Center in Bonn, where she became a Minerva Max Planck Research Group leader in 2014. In 2017, she was recruited to the University of Bonn as a professor in the Excellence Cluster ImmunoSensation. Since 2020, she is a full professor at the Medical Faculty, head of the Department "Biophysical Imaging and Molecular Physiology", and, together with Eicke Latz and Felix Meissner, director of the Institute of Innate Immunity.


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Curriculum vitae


born on May 10th, 1979, Eschweiler, Germany

Academic appointments

2020 - date

W3 Full Professor, Biophysical Imaging and Director of the Institute of Innate Immunity, Medical Faculty, University of Bonn

2017 - 2020

W2 Professor, Biophysical Imaging, Medical Faculty, University of Bonn, Germany

2014 - 2017

Minerva Max Planck Research Group leader, caesar, Bonn, Germany

2010 - 2013

Project Group Leader, caesar, Bonn, Germany

2007 - 2010

Postdoctoral Fellow, Babraham Institute, Cambridge, UK

2003 - 2006

PhD thesis, Helmholtz Research Center Jülich, Germany

1998 - 2002

Studies and Diploma in Biology, University of Cologne, Germany

Prizes & Fellowships


Teaching price, Natural Science Faculty, University of Bonn


Life& Health Research Prize, University of Bonn

2008 – 2009                  

Junior Research Fellowship, Wolfson College, Cambridge, UK


Blue Riband Prize of the PhysiologicalSociety, UK

2003 – 2006                  

PhD Fellowship of the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds


PhD thesis summa cum laude

Advisory boards

Speaker Bonner Forum Biomedicine
Board Member Universitätsstiftung
Chairwoman Bonn Technology Campus
Site coordinator TRR83/SFB
Examination Board Bachelor program "Life & Medical Sciences"
Editorial Board Plos Biology

Conference organizations


Co-Organizer Cilia2022,Cologne, Germany


Organizer TRR83 Meeting, Bonn, Germany


Co-Organizer SPP1926 Annual Meeting & Summer School, Bonn, Germany


Co-Organizer 4th International caesar Conference „Sensory Systems – from Molecules to Function”, Bonn, Germany


Co-Organizer 1stInternational caesar Conference „Sperm signaling and motility”, Bonn, Germany