Profile

Ortrun Mittelsten Scheid

Dr Ortrun Mittelsten Scheid joined the GMI as a Senior Group Leader in 2004, following a very successful career in Switzerland.

Dr Mittelsten Scheid was Interim Science Director of the GMI from 2007-2009.

Academic Qualifications

  • Diploma (MSc equivalent) in Biology: University of Hamburg, Germany, 1981
  • PhD: University of Hamburg, Germany, 1985

Postdoctoral Training & Positions Held

  • Postdoctoral Fellow: Max Planck Institute for Cell Biology, Ladenburg, Germany, 1985-1987. Laboratory: Prof. Hans-Georg Schweiger
  • Postdoctoral Fellow: Institute for Plant Sciences at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland, 1988-1992. Laboratory: Prof. Ingo Potrykus
  • Research Associate: Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland, 1992-2003. Laboratory: Prof. Jerzy Paszkowski
  • Interim Scientific Director: Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria, 2007-2009

Fellowships & Research Funding

  • PhD Fellowship: German Merit Foundation 1981-1983
  • Fellowship: German Research Council (DFG) 1988-1990
  • Grant: Swiss National Foundation (SNF) 1992-1994
  • Grant: Swiss Federal Office for Education and Science (BBW) and European Union Program `Human capital and mobility`, 1994-1996
  • Grant: Swiss Federal Office for Education and Science (BBW), and European Union Program `Biotechnology IV`, 1997-1999
  • Grant: Swiss Federal Office for Education and Science (BBW), and European Union Program `Biotechnology V`, 2001-2003
  • Grant: GENome Research in AUstria Project (GEN-AU) 2006-2009
  • Grant: Austrian Science Fund (FWF) 2006-2010
  • Grant: EU Network of Excellence (Epigenome) 2006-2010
  • Grant: European Science Foundation/FWF (EEFG) 2010-2013
  • Austrian Science Fund (FWF/ANR) 2013-2015
  • Graduate Program “Chromosome Dynamics” (FWF) 2012-2016                
  • Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF) 2014-2018
  • Austrian Science Fund (FWF/ERA-CAPS) 2014-2017 

Teaching Experience

  • Laboratory courses: University of Hamburg, Germany. `Biology for medical students`, `Basic botany`, 1981-1985
  • EMBO advanced laboratory course: ETH Zurich, Switzerland. `Gene transfer to plants`, 1991
  • Lectures: University of Basel, Switzerland. `Non-Mendelian genetics`, `Milestones in plant molecular biology`, `Plant biotechnology`, 1993-1998
  • Supervision of graduate and undergraduate students: FMI Basel, Switzerland, 1992-2003
  • Journal club: FMI, Basel, Switzerland. `Epigenetics`, 2000-2003
  • Laboratory courses: Biocenter and FMI Basel, Switzerland. `Plant cell and molecular biology`, 1996-2003
  • Supervision of graduate and undergraduate students: Gregor Mendel Institute of Plant Molecular Biology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria, 2004-present
  • Ortrun Mittelsten Scheid's teaching at the University of Vienna

Honors & Awards

  • Habilitation (Botany), University of Basel, Switzerland, 2000
  • Habilitation (Genetics), University of Vienna, Austria, 2006
  • NET Member: Epigenome Network of Excellence, 2006

Patents

  • Amedeo P, Habu Y, Mittelsten Scheid O, Paszkowski J (1999). Gene involved in epigenetic gene silencing (WO 01/00801)
  • Steimer A, Mittelsten Scheid O, Paszkowski J (1999). Transcriptionally silenced plant genes (WO 01/20010, U.S. Patent 7005263)

Publications

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