Dr. Bernd Lepenies

Date / place of Birth:    1978-09-18 / Hameln, Germany
Citizenship:                 German
Marital status:             Married, two children

Education and Academic Positions:
Since 02/2009

Group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany (junior research group “Glycobiotechnology”, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research)


Postdoc, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland, in the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry (Group Prof. Dr. Peter Seeberger)


PhD thesis ("summa cum laude") at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, Hamburg, and the University of Hamburg, Germany (Group Prof. Dr. Bernhard Fleischer)

Diploma studies, in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Hamburg, Germany (Average grade: 1,0 – very good)

Research Interests:
  • Infection immunology, innate immunity, C-type lectin receptors, adjuvants
  • Utilization of carbohydrate/protein and carbohydrate/carbohydrate interactions for targeted drug delivery
  • German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF): “Junior Research Group Glycobiotechnology” (02/2009 – 12/2013); Fkz. 0315446
  • Collaborative Research Centre 765: “Multivalent carbohydrate-carbohydrate interactions for cell-specific targeting and imaging” (03/2011 – 12/2015); TP B8
Teaching Experience:
  • Radiochemistry for biochemistry students (practical course), FU Berlin, WS 2009/10 – SS 2012
  • Glycobiology / Immunology (lecture), FU Berlin, since WS 2010/11
  • Immunology for biochemistry students (practical course), FU Berlin, since SS 2011
Scholarships and Awards:
  • 1st PhD award “Intelligible Science”, GKSS Research Centre, Geesthacht, Germany (2008)
  • Scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation (1999-2004)
  • Travel awards from the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, European Federation of Immunological Societies (EFIS) and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Memberships in Scientific Societies:
  • German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM)
  • German Society for Immunology (DGfI)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • International Endotoxin & Innate Immunity Society (IEIIS)
  • European Macrophage & Dendritic Cell Society (EMDS)
  • Member of the selection committee of the German National Academic Foundation
Peer Review Activities:
  • Reviewer for the following foundations: Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council, Minerva Stiftung, Baden-Württemberg Stiftung, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
  • Ad-hoc reviewer for the following journals: J. Am. Chem. Soc., ACS Chem. Biol., Eur. J. Pharm. Biopharm., Int. J. Med. Microbiol., Clin. Vaccine Immunol., J. Carbohydr. Chem., Med. Microbiol. Immunol., Bioorg. Med. Chem., Proteomics, J. Biosci. Bioeng., J. Mol. Recognit., J. Proteome Res., PLoS One, Small
  • Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Glycomics & Lipidomics
  • Associate Faculty Member of IMPRS on Multiscale Biosystems, Potsdam
Additional Qualifications:
  • Accredited project leader for gene technology work according to §14, §15 GenTSV
  • Accredited leader of infection experiments according to §44 IfSG
  • Accredited leader of animal experiments according to §9 TierSchG (FELASA B,C)
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