Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

Positions held

Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) gGmbH / Excellence Center for Life Sciences, Mainz, Germany:

Since 2010

Director of Scientific Management

Key responsibilities:

  • Business development, incl. strategic planning, inter-institutional relations, benchmarking & reporting
  • Internal & external communications, incl. corporate brandingInternal & external communications, incl. corporate branding
  • Fundraising (from public, private & corporate funders); management of extramural project funding
  • Recruitment, incl. of key personnel during start-up phase; training & career development
  • Event management, incl. of networking & promotional events
  • Technology transfer

Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), Madrid, Spain:

2008 – 2010

Director of Scientific Management

  • Key responsibilities similar to the ones listed above for IMB GmbH

Center for Brain Research (CBR) of the Medical University of Vienna, Austria:

2005 – 2008

Research Group Leader and Habilitation in Neuroscience (8th July 2008)

Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen, Germany:

2004 – 2005

Manager of a large European project: approx. 150 participating scientists in 7 countries; budget €12.5m

2000 – 2003

Public Relations Manager and Technology Transfer Officer for the Max Planck Institute

1999 – 2002

Postdoctoral Researcher in the group of Prof. Dr Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard; Nobel laureate 1995


University of Applied Sciences, Mainz, Germany:

2011 – 2014

Master of Science (MSc) in Business Administration, Grade: 1.2 (Sehr gut)

Department of Biochemistry, Medical Sciences Institute, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK:

1995 – 1998

PhD in Biochemistry

1994 – 1995

MSc in Biochemistry

Additional current appointments (Selection)

Heidelberg University Hospital (Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg), Germany:

Since 2016

Consultant on Technology Transfer & Start-up Projects

  • Advice on fundraising, incl. VC pitching, communication, business development & strategy

State of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany:

Since 2017

Member of the Arbeitskreis Transferinitiative RLP, an initiative by the Stiftung für Innovation Rheinland-Pfalz

  • Intersectoral group of experts from industry & academia advising the State on its strategy & concrete measures to foster knowledge & technology transfer as well as entrepreneurship & start-ups

Since 2017

Member of the Bioethics Commission of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate

  • Assesses the socio-economic impact of the CRISPR/Cas technology

Since 2014

General Manager (Geschäftsführer) of the Research Focus GeneRED

  • A joint initiative between the University of Mainz & IMB gGmbH

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland:

Since 2018

External Examiner of the Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Thinking, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

  • An interdisciplinary programme aimed at inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs
  • Review progress of the programme & how well it achieves its strategic goals

Innovative Training Network (ITN) “ImageInLife”:

Since 2016

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board

  • A European Commission-funded research & training network with institutions in 6 European countries

University of Applied Sciences Bingen, Germany:

Since 2015

Guest Lecturer for the BSc programmes in Bioinformatics & Biotechnology

  • Lectures & practical courses on project management, communication & fundraising

University of Trento, Italy:

Since 2010

Guest Lecturer, International Doctoral School of Biomolecular Sciences of the University’s Centre for Integrative Biology

  • Lectures & courses on science management, communication, fundraising & strategic career development

Department of Biology, University of Padua, Italy:

Since 2009

Visiting Professor in the Department of Biology

  • Lectures and Practical Courses on Science Communication, Science Management, Fundraising, as well as Strategic Career Planning and Career Development


Ralf has written successful grants & project proposals that raised over €25 million in external funding, both from public funding bodies as well as from private foundations & companies (approx. 60 grants and >80 corporate & fee-for-service agreements).

For a list of prizes and awards Ralf Dahm has received, please click here.