Principal Investigator

Max-Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics

Stuebeweg 51
79108 Freiburg

Andrew Pospisilik

Academic Education

1994 - 1998 BSc: Human Physiology Hnrs., University of British Columbia, Canada

Scientific Degrees

2003 PhD: Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of British Columbia, Canada

Professional Experience

since 2010 Independent Group Leader, Department of Epigenetics, Max-Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg
2003 - 2010 Postdoctoral Fellow: Model system genetics and genomics of metabolic disease, Penninger Lab, IMBA (Institute of Molecular Biotechnology Austria)

Others (Editorial work, member of scientific councils, advisory boards)

Peer-Review Dev Cell, PNAS, Diabetes, PLOS One, Diabetes Care, Am J Physiol
Peer-Review (other) ERC Advanced Grant Reviewer, Reviewer MDC Berlin PhD program
Editorial duties Guest editor for Epigenetics and Metabolism review series Cell Mol Life Sci
Community PhD Symposium Speaker (Leipzig, Bregenz, Konstanz), Postdoc Career Day Speaker (Koeln), 15+ PhD Committees, PhD Program Steering Committee
Conference Org. Epigenetics Freiburg 2010, Max-Planck 50th Anniversary Symposium, TriRhena Chromatin Club (2013-pres.), TriRhena Metabolism Club (2014-pres.)


2017 World Economic Forum Speaker / Faculty
2016 HeIDI Helmholtz Investigator Award
2016 ERC Consolidator Grant – Dismantling Noise
2015 GSK Award for Basic Medical Science
2013 EASD Rising Star Award
2011 RISE1 Awardee – Epigenesys network of Excellence
2011 ERC Starting Grant – MetabolicPolycombics
2010 Awarded W2 ‘equivalent’ by the Max Planck Society
2008 Nominee Vienna’s “Future” Prize
2007 JDRF Post-doctoral Fellowship
2004 Marie Curie Post-doctoral Fellowship
2001 MSFHR Doctoral Research Fellowship
2000 MRC / CIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship
2000 Izaak Walton Killam Award
1999 Li Tze Fong Award
1998 Kurt Henze Memorial Award - top theoretical undergraduate award
1998 Edgar C. Black Memorial Award - top practical undergraduate award
1998 University Graduate Fellowship