Uwe Sleytr

Univ. of Natural Resources & Life Sci., Vienna

Prof. Uwe Sleytr studied Food and Biotechnology at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU) Vienna, Austria. He discovered S-layer protein on most microorganism surfaces. S-layer protein is the most abundant protein on earth. After receiving his Ph.D. he was senior research scientist at the MRC-Laboratory for Molecular Biology and the Strangeways Research Laboratory, Cambridge, England, and as visiting professor at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Temple University, USA.
He was the founding head of the Department of NanoBiotechnology in BOKU. Prof. Sleytr´s interests bring together molecular nanotechnology, nanobiotechnology and biomimetics with a particular focus on the assembly of functional supramolecular structures for life and non life science applications. He received numerous awards for his research including the Sandoz-Novartis Award, Philip Morris Research Award, Schwackhöfer-Award, EUREKA Award, Innitzer Award, Science Award of the City of Vienna and the Wilhelm Exner Medal. He was the Chairman of the Exner Medal from 2001 to 2013. He is a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He has been bestowed Honorary Professorships in Sichuan University in Chengdu; China University of Petroleum in Qingdao and Shanghai Jiaotong University, China. He published ~400 scientific papers, 5 books, and several international patents. He is equally passionate about arts, from paintings, sculptures and extraordinarily unusual photography.


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