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She brought the future to Berlin-Buch

The Berlin-Buch campus is today a thriving place that’s shaping the future. Gudrun Erzgräber has played a major role in this. After reunification she took over as head of site management and built up the BiotechPark. She received the Order of Merit of Germany in 2008 and the Order of Merit of the State of Berlin in 2009.

In 1958 she began studying physics and nuclear physics in Berlin and Dresden. Upon completion she worked as a research associate at the Central Institute for Nuclear Research of the Academy of Sciences of the GDR near Dresden and took up studies in engineering pedagogy. She became qualified as a specialist translator and joined the Central Institute for Molecular Biology in 1968. She earned her doctorate in 1973 and qualified as a professor in 1986. She set up a radiation biology laboratory in Dubna, Russia, from 1976 to 1983. After returning to Berlin in 1983 she began her second career, this time as a science manager, helping build up the renowned Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine.