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How Needle And Thread Influenced My Life

Dr. Garabed Antranikian is the president of the Technical University of Hamburg.

He studied Biology at the American University in Beirut. At the University of Göttingen he completed his PhD in Microbiology in 1980 and qualified as a post-doctoral lecturer (Habilitation) in 1988. In 1989 he was appointed to a professorship in Microbiology at the Hamburg University of Technology where he has been the head of the Institute of Technical Microbiology since 1990.

From 1993 to 1999 he coordinated the EU network project Extremophiles. From 2000 to 2003 Prof. Antranikian coordinated the national network project Biocatalysis and is coordinating the Innovation Center Biokatalyse (ICBio, supported by DBU) since 2002. He was president of the International Society for Extremophiles and is chief editor of the scientific journal Extremophiles. In 2004 he was awarded the most prestigious prize for environment protection by the president of the Federal Republic of Germany. Since 2007 he is the coordinator of the “Biocatalysis2021” Cluster and the „Biorefinery2021“ Cluster of the Ministry of Education and Research and he is chairman of IBN Industrial Biotechnology North.

He is member of the Academy of Sciences of Hamburg and member of the Union of the German Academies of Sciences (acatech). He was vice president for academic affairs from 2009 to 2011 before he became president of Hamburg University of Technology in April 2011.

Being open-minded, creative and goal oriented is the key for success. Garabed Antranikian describes his extraordinary path that led him to become an international recognized scientist and president of TUHH.