Institute of Biology/ Genetics, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
Thomas Börner started his scientific career as a PhD student at the Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg in the lab of Rudolf Hagemann in 1974. Following the award of his doctorate in genetics (1974) he continued his studies on plastome mutants of higher plants at the same place (habilitation in genetics 1979).
He moved to Berlin in 1982 where he took the position of an Associate Professor at the Humboldt University. Two years later he became a Full Professor of Genetics and in 1993 C4 Professor of Genetics. From 1982 on, he was the head of the newly founded Department of Genetics at the Humboldt University. He retired from University in 2012.
His research interests are widespread, with focus on the genomes of chloroplasts and mitochondria, especially their gene expression and interactions with the nucleus. His studies on cyanobacteria dealt with light-triggered signal transduction and with the biosynthesis of secondary metabolites.
Thomas Börner has engaged himself in numerous scientific activities other than research, for example as member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina or as Spokesman of the Collaborative Research Center 429.