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Theo Wallimann

formerly at Institute of Cell Biology ETH Zurich

present address:
Schuermattstrasse 23
CH-8962 Bergdietikon, AG
Theo Wallimann worked as a Research Group Leader and Staff Member at the Institute of Cell Biology, ETH Zurich, where he qualified as a Lecturer (with Habilitation ( ) in 1984, and was awarded the Title of Professor in 1994. Wallimann was Head of the Institute of Cell Biology in 1995 and Adjunct Head in 1996. He resigned from his position at the ETHZ on May 31st 2008 and is now a Prof. Emeritus.

Born on October 13, 1946 in Alpnach, OW, near Lucerne, Switzerland, Theo A. Wallimann studied at the Biology Department of the ETH Zurich.

In 1975, he completed his PhD in Prof. Hans M. Eppenberger’s laboratory with a dissertation on: “Creatine Kinase Isoenzymes and Myofibrillar Structure” that was approved with distinction and for which he was awarded the ETH price and medal. ( ).

Supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) and the Muscular Dystrophy Association of America (MDA), he then worked from 1975-1981 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate with Professor Andrew G. Szent-Györgyi at the Department of Biology, Brandeis University in Boston, Mass. U.S.A., on the subject of "Myosin-linked calcium regulation of muscle contraction".

In 1981, he took up teaching at the Biology Dept. ETH Zurich and research as a Senior Research Assistant at the Institute of Cell Biology of the ETH Zurich to work in the areas of muscle biochemistry, bioenergetics and molecular structure and physiology of creatine kinase (CK) and AMP-stimulated protein kinase (AMPK) that are important for cellular energetics and energy homeostasis, respectively.

Theo Wallimann was the recipient of the Alfred Vogt Price 2005:

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