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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, Botanical Institute, 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 2013       Speaker of the CEPLAS Graduate School and the CEPLAS Equal Opportunity Programme

since 2015       Member of the Senate of the University of Cologne

2011-2013      Managing Director of the Botanical Institute