Ortrun Mittelsten Scheid

Dr. Ortrun Mittelsten Scheid joined the GMI as a Senior Group Leader in 2004, following a very successful career in Switzerland.

Dr Mittelsten Scheid was Interim Science Director of the GMI from 2007-2009.

Academic Qualifications

  • Diploma (MSc equivalent) in Biology: University of Hamburg, Germany, 1981
  • PhD: University of Hamburg, Germany, 1985

Professional Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow: Max Planck Institute for Cell Biology, Ladenburg, Germany, 1985-1987. Laboratory: Prof. Hans-Georg Schweiger
  • Postdoctoral Fellow: Institute for Plant Sciences at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland, 1988-1992. Laboratory: Prof. Ingo Potrykus
  • Research Associate: Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland, 1992-2003. Laboratory: Prof. Jerzy Paszkowski
  • Interim Scientific Director: Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria, 2007-2009

Awards & Fellowships

  • PhD Fellowship: German Merit Foundation 1981-1983
  • Fellowship: German Research Council (DFG) 1988-1990
  • Habilitation (Botany), University of Basel, Switzerland, 2000
  • Habilitation (Genetics), University of Vienna, Austria, 2006
  • NET Member: Epigenome Network of Excellence, 2006
  • Erwin Schrödinger-Prize: Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), 2016

Editoral and Advisory Functions

  • 2008 - 2020, Reporter for the Board of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
  • 2010 - 2020, Editorial Board of Plant Cell
  • 2014 - 2020, ERC Panel for Consolidator Grants
  • 2015 - present, Editorial Board of PLoS Genetics
  • 2017 - present, Scientific Advisory Board of the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research


Here is a list of all of Dr. Mittelsten Scheid's publications.