Manfred Schmitt completed his undergraduate and doctoral degrees at the University of Mainz. He was awarded a research scholarship from the German Research Foundation (DFG) and spent two years in the USA as a post-doctoral researcher at the UMass Medical School in Worcester. After returning to Germany, he took up a post as a research assistant at the University of Mainz in 1990 and three years later was awarded his Habilitation. In 1996, Manfred Schmitt became Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology at the Centre for Human and Molecular Biology at Saarland University, where he held the post of Director between 2003 and 2011. From 2009 until 2014 he was Vice-President of Education at Saarland University. He has been President of Saarland University since 1 March 2017.
Research and networking
Despite receiving offers of professorial positions elsewhere (University of Düsseldorf in 2007, TU Dresden 2012), Manfred Schmitt decided to build his teaching and research career at Saarland University. He is involved in the collaborative research centre SFB 1027 'Physical modelling of non-equilibrium processes in biological systems'. Professor Schmitt is also active in two DFG-funded priority programmes and an international graduate school (IRTG 1830) involving Saarland University, Kaiserslautern University of Technology and the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. From 2008 to 2017, Manfred Schmitt has also held the position of Programme Adviser at the German-French University (DFH) for German-French degree programmes in biology.