Senior Fellow

Enrico Schleiff

Prof. Dr. Enrico Schleiff

Research Area: Life- and Neurosciences
Focus: Cellular Biology


Phone: +49 69 798 29287


Enrico Schleiff

Prof. Dr. Enrico Schleiff

Life- and Neurosciences

"Every human has the need for nutrition and breathing, made possible by herbal systems. It is precisely the changes due to human action and natural processes that require a fundamental understanding of plant behavior for the sustainable securing of the most central foundations of our lives. "


Prof. Dr. Enrico Schleiff, born on November 17, 1971 in Luckenwalde, studied physics at the Charles University in Prague, before moving to the Gutenberg University in Mainz, where he passed his oral examination in 1994. He completed his diploma thesis at the Department of Biophysical Chemistry at the University of Basel. After laboratory work at the Institute for Particle Physics at the University of Dresden and a position as a laboratory assistant at the Gutenberg University in Mainz, he joined the Department of Biochemistry at McGill University Montreal, Canada, as a PhD Fellow and received his PhD in 1999. From 1999 to 2002 he worked as a research associate at the Department of Biology at the Christian-Albrechts-University zu Kiel and then a year at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich. In 2003, he completed his habilitation in cell biology and botany and worked from 2003 to 2007 as the head of a junior research group set up by the Volkswagen Foundation itself. Since 2007, he has held a W3 professorship for Molecular Cell Biology of Plants at the Institute of Molecular Biology at JWG University Frankfurt, where he has been vice president since 2012. Since 2017 he is also  a member of the board of directors at FIAS. From January 2021, he will assume the office of President of the Goethe University Frankfurt. 



2018 - today Chairman of the Board of Directors

2017 - today Member of the board of directors

Further organisations

2017 - today Director of the LOEWE Initiative “DynaMem”, RMU, Germany

2016- today Member of the advisory board of the Graduate school, Technical University Dresden, Germany 

2016 - today Founding Director der Johanna Quandt Young Academy at Goethe (JQYA)

2012 - today Co-Director of the Cluster of Excellence “Macromolecular Complexes”, Frankfurt, Germany

2012  - today Co-Director of UniWIND

2012 - 2018 Vice-President of the Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

2007 - today W3 Professorship for Molecular Cell Biology of Plants at Department of Biology, Institute for Molecular biology the JWG University Frankfurt

Honours and Awards

  • Spiridon Brusina Medal, Croatian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2014)
  • Liaison Officer of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (2013)
  • Strassburger Preis, Germany (2004)
  • Habilitationspreis of the LMU Munich, Germany (2004)
  • Volkswagen-Nachwuchsgruppenleiter, Germany (2003-2008)
  • Entrance into the Book of honor McGill University (1999)
  • McGill Cancer Centre Award, Canada (1998)
  • McGill Major Ph.D. Award, Canada (1998)
  • Alma Mater Award, McGill University, Canada (1997)
  • McKinnell Award, Canada (1997)
  • DAAD HSP-II/III Fellowship, Germany (1996-1998)