Curriculum Vitae

George Michael Coupland

Date of birth: 20 December 1959
Nationality: British
Current position: Director of Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research
Current address: Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research
Carl-von-Linné Weg 10
D-50829 Cologne
E-mail address:
Telephone: 00 49 221 50 62 205
Fax: 00 49 221 50 62 207
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University Education

1977 - 1984 Glasgow University, Department of Microbiology
- Graduated with First Class Honours in Microbiology
1981 - 1984 Edinburgh University, Department of Molecular Biology, Ph.D. with Professor Neil Willetts. Awarded a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology in December 1984
- Title of thesis: The transposable elements and conjugation system of the IncN plasmid R46

Post-Doctoral Experience

1985 - 1988 Institute for Genetics, University of Cologne and Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne
- Received a Royal Society European Exchange Fellowship and an EMBO long-term Fellowship to work as a post-doctoral fellow with Professor Peter Starlinger

Tenured positions

1989 - 2001 Research group leader at the Plant Breeding Institute, Cambridge, UK

In March 1990 moved with the Institute to the Cambridge Laboratory, John Innes Centre, Norwich.
2001 - In January 2001 appointed as a Director of the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne

External appointments and Honours

Honorary Lecturer at the University of East Anglia, 1993-2001

Honorary Professor at the University of Cologne, April 2003

Elected Member of European Molecular Biology Organisation, 2001

Elected Associate Member of the Class of Sciences of the Royal Academy of Belgium, 2006

Elected Fellow of the Royal Society, London, 2007

Elected Member to the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, 2009

Elected Member of Academia Europaea, UK, 2009

Faculty of 1000 Member, 2011

Elected foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 2012

Thomson Reuter Highly Cited Researcher 2015 – present.

Senior Editor of The Plant Cell 2016 – present.


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