Pharmazeutische Biologie

Prof. Dr. Lutz Heide

Work History

since 1994

Full Professor of Pharmaceutical Biology, University of Tübingen, Germany

1/14 - 12/15 Professor at the Pharmacy Department, College of Medicine, University of Malawi. Contracted by GIZ/CIM, Germany, on official leave from the University of Tübingen.

10/10 - 3/11

Sabbatical at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

3/05 - 9/05

Sabbatical at the Salk Institute of Biological Studies, La Jolla, California, USA

3/99 - 9/99

Sabbatical at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and at the University of Cincinnati, USA

4/96 - 9/96

Sabbatical at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA

1991 - 1994

Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Biology, University of Freiburg, Germany

1990 - 1991

Heisenberg Scholar of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

1987 - 1990

Assistant Professor, Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology, University of Bonn, Germany

1985 - 1987

Postdoctoral Fellow (JSPS/Humboldt Scholar), Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyoto University, Japan

3/85 - 5/85

Consultant for the UNICEF/WHO Action Programme on Essential Drugs, Somalia, Africa

1982 - 1985

Senior Pharmacist Advisor, Refugee Health Unit, Ministry of Health, Somalia, Africa

1978 - 1981

Teaching Assistant, Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology, University of Münster, Germany

1977 - 1978

Pharmacy trainee in a community pharmacy, Salzgitter, Germany

Awards and Honours

1997, 2004 and 2012

PHÖNIX Prize of Pharmaceutical Sciences


Alfried Krupp-Award for Young University Professors (850.000 DM)


Heisenberg Scholarship of the German Research Foundation (DFG)


Egon Stahl-Prize of the Society of Medicinal Plant Research


First Grade Honour Certificate of the Ministry of Health, Somalia


Jephcott-White Waller Prize, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine



Habilitation (= highest academic degree in Germany) for Pharmaceutical Biology, University of Bonn, Germany


PhD in Pharmaceutical Biology, University of Münster; Germany; passed with distinction (summa cum laude)


Registered Pharmacist, State of Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany


University graduation in pharmacy, University of Münster, Germany

Further Education


Summer Courses in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University, Montreal, Canada


Diploma Course in Medical Education, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK


Certificate in Tropical Community Medicine and Health, Liverpool, UK

Academic Service and Scientific Committees (Selected)

since 2016 Managing Director, Pharmaceutical Institute, University of Tübingen, Germany
since 2016 Responsible organizer of the course “Pharmacy in Development Cooperation and Disaster Relief” at the University of Tübingen
since 2015 Member of the selection committee for Georg Forster Research Fellowships, Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, Germany

since 2011

Member of the Board of Trustees (Stiftungsrat) of the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry, Halle, Germany

since 2010

Elected member of the Steering Committee (Fakultätsrat) of the Faculty of Science, Tübingen University

2004 - 2013

Member of the Selection Committee of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for the Asia/Pacific Region

2011 - 2012

Member of the International Evaluation Committee of the School of Life Sciences & Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

2008 - 2009

Member of the International Advisory Board of the Fifteenth International Symposium on the Biology of Actinomycetes (ISBA'15), Shanghai, China

2007 - 2008

Member of the International Scientific Committee of the International Biotechnology Symposium, Dalian, China

1998 - 2001

Managing Director, Pharmaceutical Institute, University of Tübingen, Germany

since 1997 Responsible organizer of the Certificate Course “Clinical Pharmacy” at the University of Tübingen

1995 - 1998

Dean of Studies, Pharmaceutical Institute, University of Tübingen, Germany

1997 - 1999

Member of the national committee for the revision of the pharmacy curriculum at the German Ministry of Health

Research Grants (Selected)

German Research Foundation (DFG)

European Research Area - Industrial Biotechnology (ERA-IB)

European Commision (EU)

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen

Industry Funding

Coordinator of the ERA-IB Consortium "GenoDrug" (2011-2013)

Coordinator of the Graduate School "Antibacterial Compounds", Eberhard Karls University Tübingen (2009-2013)

Coordinator of the EU Consortium "CombiGyrase" (2004-2007)

Areas of Research

Pharmaceutical challenges in developing countries and in disaster relief

Quality of anti-infective medicines in Africa; medical supply chain management in developing countries; pharmaceutical education in developing countries

Synthetic biology of microbial bioactive compounds; gyrase inhibitors; aminocoumarin antibiotics; prenyl transferases

Personal Details

Date of birth: 16. May 1955, Salzgitter, Germany

Marital status: Married, two sons