Profile of Rudi Balling
Prof. Dr. Rudi Balling is the founding director of the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB), University of Luxembourg since 2009. The LCSB is an interdisciplinary centre at the University of Luxembourg dedicated to the analysis of neurodegenerative diseases through computational and system biology oriented approaches.
Prof Balling is a developmental biologist and geneticist. He studied human and animal nutrition at the Universities of Bonn and Washington State University, USA and received his PhD in Human Nutrition from the University of Aachen, Germany. In 1993, he became Director of the ‘Institute of Mammalian Genetics’ at the GSF National Research Center for Environment and Health in Munich, after completing research posts at Mount Sinai Research Hospital in Toronto, Canada and the Max Planck Institutes of Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen and Immunbiology in Freiburg, Germany. In 2001, he took over the position as Scientific Director of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig. In 2009 Professor Balling was a guest professor at the Broad Institute of MIT/Harvard University in Boston (USA) prior to his current appointment at the LCSB in 2009.
Professor Balling was coordinator of the German Human Genome Project (1996 – 2000), the European ESFRI-project EATRIS (European Advanced Translational Medicine Research Infrastructure) (2008-2010) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Grand Challenges Consortium on the development of Vaccine Animal Models (2005-2009).