Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Peter Westhoff

Professor Peter Westhoff was born in Warburg-Welda in 1951 and studied biology, chemistry and educational psychology from 1969 to 1977 at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, where he qualified as a teacher (grammar school level). Following his State Examination in 1977, he earned his doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) in Giessen in 1980.

He earned his post-doctoral degree (Habilitation) in botany at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf in 1985. In 1988 he was called to the Chair of Developmental and Molecular Biology of Plants at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. His main research interests are the structure of the photosynthetic apparatus in plants and the development of C4 turbo photosynthesis over the course of evolution.

From 2001 to 2001 he was Managing Director of the Department of Biology and from 2002 to 2004 Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, then its Dean from 2004 to 2007. In 2010 he was appointed as Director of HHU’s Botanical Garden.

Professor Westhoff has been and is involved in a large number of national and international research projects and for six years (2006-2012) was a member of the Senate of the German Research Foundation. From 2007 to 2012 he was spokesperson for Collaborative Research Centre 590; in 2012 he was co-initiator of the Cluster of Excellence in Plant Sciences (CEPLAS) of the universities of Düsseldorf and Cologne.

In 2013 Professor Westhoff was admitted to the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina). The Leopoldina’s task is to advise politics, society and the business community on current scientific and science policy issues.


Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer

Prof. Dr. Peter Westhoff

Secretary's office

Kerstin Dauber

Building: 16.11
Floor/Room: 01.45
Phone +49 211 81-10010
Fax +49 211 81-10015

Personal Advisor

Isabel Strauß

Building: 16.11
Floor/Room: 01.50
Phone +49 211 81-10989
Fax +49 211 81-15193
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