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Ute Höcker

Position: Professor

eMail: hoeckeru(at)

phone: 0221-470-6897



Curriculum Vitae


1984 - 1986    B.Sc. (“Vordiplom”) in Agricultural Sciences, University of Bonn, Germany.

1986 – 1987   Practical training on a farm in Königswinter, Germany.

1987 - 1990    M.Sc. (“Diplom”) in Agricultural Sciences, University of Hohenheim, Germany.                   

1990 - 1991    Fulbright fellowship, Graduate study in Plant Genetics and Molecular Biology, University of Florida, USA.

1991 - 1995    Ph.D. in Plant Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Florida, USA. With Don McCarty and Indra Vasil. Topic: ABA signaling during maize seed maturation.

1995 – 1999   Postdoc, University of California, Berkeley, USA. With Peter Quail.

1999 - 2006    Independent group leader, University of Düsseldorf.

7/2003            Habilitation in Plant Biology, University of Düsseldorf.

since 2006       Professor, Institute for Plant Sciences, University of Cologne.



1990 - 1991    Fulbright Scholarship

2000               Bennigsen-Foerder-Research Prize of the State Northrhine-Westphalia



since 2013      Principal Investigator at the Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences (CEPLAS)

since 2006       Principal Investigator at the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS)

2013-2020       Speaker of the CEPLAS Graduate School

2013-2020       Member of the CEPLAS Steering Committee


2013-2018       Speaker of the CEPLAS Equal Opportunity Programme

2015-2019       Member of the Senate of the University of Cologne

2011-2013       Managing Director of the Botanical Institute