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Munich, 07/23/2009

Prof. Dr. Burcu Dogramaci
Faculty of History and the Arts

Political iconography, artistic exile and migration, even fashion and media history are some of the subjects that Professor Burcu Dogramaci deals with in her research. On April 1 this year, she was appointed Professor of Art History with special focus on the 20th Century and the Present at the Institute of Art History of LMU Munich’s Department of the Arts. What made her accept the position? “LMU Munich is the best university in Germany,” explains Professor Dogramaci.  “The Munich Institute of Art History is full of tradition, and Munich is very attractive for my field, with the Central Institute of Art History and many exhibiting institutions.” The Institute is also realigning itself, setting new emphases with the professorships for Islamic and Judean art History and Film History. “I am anticipating an inspiring, open environment for my research, in which I shall be concentrating on questions bearing on our future such as artistic migration, globalization and transfer of culture.”
Burcu Dogramaci, born in 1971, studied art history and German language and literature in Hamburg, and earned her doctorate in 2000 with a work on Graphic Art in Fashion and Press in the Weimar Republic. In 2005, she received the stipendium of the Aby-M.-Warburg Prize of the City of Hamburg. Burcu Dogramaci received a stipendium from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft for the years 2003 to 2006 to write her habilitation thesis “Cultural transfer and national identity. German-speaking architects, urban planners and sculptors in Turkey after 1927”. She was awarded the Kurt-Hartwig-Siemers Research Prize of the Hamburgische Wissenschaftliche Stiftung for this thesis in 2008. Over the past years, she has held professorships at the University of Hamburg, Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg and Jacobs Universität Bremen for the broader subject area of her dissertation and habilitation as well as for contemporary art. She has also been a freelance art critic for various media. Other emphases in her research include transfer of culture, architecture and photography of the Weimar Republic, female modern artists, and emigration. “I already have the impression that there is a lot of interest in the arts of the 20th century and the present among the Munich students, so I am looking forward to many dedicated students, museum visits and excursions together.” She says Munich and its surroundings also offer a high quality of life on a private level. “That is very important to me, especially in light of my family situation with three children,” the professor explains.

Prof. Dr. Heiko Hermeking
Medical Faculty

Heiko Hermeking, who has been professor of experimental and molecular pathology at LMU Munich since March 2009, is currently dealing, among other things, with tumors of the gastrointestinal tract. Born in 1966, he studied biology at LMU Munich, where he finished his doctor's degree on the topic of “Functional interactions between the c-MYC proto-oncogene, the large T antigen of DNA tumor virus SV40 and the p53 tumor suppressor gene in the induction of apoptosis and cell cycle progression”. Following that, he worked as a post-doc at Johns Hopkins University Medical School in Baltimore, USA. He headed an independent group of junior academics at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, and completed his habilitation at LMU Munich in the field of cellular biology on the topic of “Identifying effectors of the p53 tumor suppressor gene and the c-MYC oncogene, and investigations into epigenetic changes and cellular senescence in tumors”. Following this, he worked as professor and head of molecular tumor pathology in the Pathology Department of Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
“The position in Munich gives me the opportunity to confirm processes observed in experimental systems in human tumor material, and to network with the excellent local institutes, task forces and research associations,” says Professor Hermeking. Another reason for choosing LMU Munich is the institute’s focus on tumors of the gastrointestinal tract, in particular colonic carcinoma, in which p53 and MYC play an important role.
His research projects include investigations into the mechanisms of tumor formation by molecular and cellular biological methods, the functions of the transcription factors encoded by the c-MYC oncogene and p53 tumor suppressor gene, functional analysis of p53-regulated microRNAs/RNAs and c-MYC target genes using “knock-out” mice, and the diagnostic relevance of genetic and epigenetic changes in these signal transduction networks in human tumors.

Prof. Dr. Mario Martini
Faculty of Law

In 2008, Prof. Dr. Mario Martini already filled a vacant Chair in Public and Administrative Law at LMU Munich, and he has been full professor of public and administrative law in Munich since April 2009. Martini, born in 1969, studied law at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz where he completed his first state law examination in 1995, and then worked as research assistant at the Chair of Public Law and Administrative Studies up until 1998. There, he headed and supervised, among other things, the independently acquired project “Visual Administrative Law” in the scope of the Program for Funding Stipendiums und Traineeships. In 1999, he earned his doctorate with his work on “Integrated regulatory approaches in the law of matters requiring approval under immission control law”. After a legal internship at the District of Koblenz Court of Appeals, he completed the state law examination in 2000 in Mainz.
Since then, Martini has been working as assistant professor at Bucerius Law School, Hamburg. 2006 saw his habilitation with a thesis on “The market as an instrument of sovereign distribution control”, and Martini received the venia legendi for the fields public and administrative law, science of public administration and European law. Martini was the first to habilitate from the Bucerius Law School. For the period of one year starting in fall 2007, Martini filled a vacant chair for administrative sciences, in particular governance and administration in a European context, at the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer. “I am delighted to be at a superb faculty with an outstanding scientific reputation, which gives me good opportunities for research,” says Martini after his call to LMU Munich.
His research at LMU will be focusing on constitutional law, general and special administrative law, European law and administrative sciences, and public economic law – in particular regulation law, social law, and economical analysis in public law.

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Zangl
Faculty of Social Sciences

Governance today is no longer the simple task of ruling – it also involves non-governmental institutions, including civil society, private enterprise and international institutions. This phenomenon has caught the interest of Professor Bernhard Zangl, who has held the Chair in Global Governance and Public Policy at the Geschwister Scholl Institute of Political Science (GSI) since 1 April 2009. The Chair is also associated with the Munich Center on Governance, Communication, Public Policy and Law (MCG). The Center initiates and organizes interdisciplinary cooperation between different fields of social science in research and teaching. Zangl’s workgroup delves into the fundamental transformation processes of modern governing. Born in 1967, Zangl studied at the Universities of Tübingen and Pisa from 1988 to 1994. Between 1994 and 1998, he completed his doctor’s degree at the University of Bremen, where he worked first as research assistant and then as assistant professor. He worked as a John F. Kennedy Fellow at the Center for European Studies (CES) at Harvard University and as a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. From 2005 to 2009, he was professor of “International relations: Politics in global society” at the University of Bremen. In 2008, he was a visiting fellow at the Social Science Research Center Berlin and in a special research field of Freie Universität Berlin. His workgroup “Global Governance and Public Policy” at LMU Munich tackles questions such as what governing duties should be assumed by non-state institutions and what should remain the state's responsibility. “Especially interesting,” Professor Zangl explains, “is what division of labor between state and non-state instances allows effective yet legitimate governing, or what division of labor is advantageous under what conditions.” This division of labor should be systematically described, explained and evaluated. “The research perspectives at the newly established Munich Center on Governance appeal to me greatly,” says Professor Zangl. He is also privately looking forward to Munich: “As a Bavarian who has lived for years in Bremen, I look forward to weekends in the Alps. In the north, I really missed the hiking and skiing.”

Prof. Dr. Volker Schmid
Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics

New statistical models for modeling dynamic medical images count among Volker Schmid’s current interests. The former research fellow of Imperial College London has followed the call to the newly created Professorship of Bioimaging at the Institute of Statistics of LMU Munich. This was created in the scope of the LMUinnovativ project “BIOMED-S – Analysis and Modeling of Complex Systems”. Volker Schmid, born in 1973, studied statistics at LMU Munich and earned his doctorate in 2004 on the topic of “Bayesian space-time modeling in epidemiology”. In 2005, he received a stipendium from the Clinical Imaging Centre of GlaxoSmithKline plc, and moved to the interdisciplinary Institute for Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London. There, he developed new statistical models for modeling dynamic medical images. In particular, he dealt with dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance tomography (MRT), which plays an important part in oncological diagnosis and therapy evaluation. At the beginning of 2007, he became a member of the project “Cardiovascular magnetic resonance: from morphology to function” financed by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and worked on modeling blood flow in the heart on the basis of perfusion MRT images. The emphasis of the newly established Bioimaging workgroup will be on developing and applying statistical methods and models on data from imaging techniques in the life sciences. “One main focus,” says Schmid, will be on the application of spatial statistical principles, be it by defining local dependencies for discrete spatial data or the use of point processes. The Bayesian method will be applied in particular. To be able to work with the extremely enormous volumes of data sometimes generated in imaging, an important quest will be to develop efficient algorithms for analyzing the models.

Prof. Dr. Bettina Valeska Lotsch
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Bettina Lotsch works at tiny dimensions. The chemist born in 1977 has been Professor of “Synthetic Chemistry – Functional Nanostructures” at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of LMU Munich since February 2009. Bettina Lotsch studied at LMU Munich and at the University of Oxford. In 2006, she earned her doctorate with her work “From Molecular Building Blocks to Condensed Carbon Nitride Networks: Structure and Reactivity” from the field of inorganic solid-state chemistry at LMU, funded by doctoral stipendiums from the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (Chemical Industry Fund) and the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation). Following that, Bettina Lotsch moved to the University of Toronto, Canada for a post-doc visit to research nanoscale and mesoporous systems, funded by a Feodor-Lynen Stipendium of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The decision to return to LMU Munich was “motivated in particular by the excellent research infrastructure – including the direct integration into the cluster of excellence NIM and the excellent equipment in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry”. Also decisive was the opportunity “to take a large step towards academic independence already at a young age, and to gain long-term security of my position”. Bettina Lotsch sees her future research in the borderland between material, solid-state and nano chemistry, where the conflict between them must be abated by synergies with regard to synthesis, analysis and application technology. The emphasis in her present research lies on the development of a colloidal or “nano” chemistry for highly porous organometallic and covalent organic frameworks and the synthesis of novel multifunctional porous materials that could be used as gas stores and catalytically active materials. Also in the foreground will be the creation of synthetic accesses to two-dimensional systems, which promise interesting chemical, electrical and mechanical properties due to their dimensional restriction, and which would be of great interest for use in energy storage and conversion.

Honorary Professorship
Prof. Dr. Annette Kur
Faculty of Law

As she gave her lecture “German and European Trademark Law”, Dr. Annette Kur was already with LMU Munich – since May this year, she has already held the position of honorary Professor of Rights and Intellectual Property and Competition Law at the university’s Faculty of Law. Annette Kur, born in 1950, completed her first and second state examinations in the 1970s. In 1979, she earned her doctorate with her work on “Giving Evidence and Burden of Proof in Proceedings concerning Unfair Competition” as a stipendiary of the Max Planck Society. Since March 1980, she has been research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law, where for many years she has collaborated with various European and International bodies. In fall 2002, she was appointed “adjungerad professor” at the University of Stockholm, which expired in 2008. In fall 2006, Dr. Kur taught as visiting professor at New York University, where she was also guest professor in fall 2006 and again in spring 2009. She has also headed regular courses at the Faculty of Law at LMU Munich since the winter semester 1994/1995, including the abovementioned lecture and seminars on matters of competition law. Her research interests are mainly in the law of unfair competition, the law of intellectual property – in particular trademark and patent law – procedural law and consumer protection law, and copyright and design patent law. The latter law protects design samples and models of commercial products.


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