Schmitz, Katja, Prof. Dr.

University education

1997 – 2002 undergraduate studies in chemistry at University of Bonn

2000 semester abroad at Oxford University

2002 – 2005 graduate studies in biochemistry at University of Bonn (Schepers/ Sandhoff lab)

Scientific degrees

2002 Diploma in Chemistry, University of Bonn, Germany

2005 Dr. rer. nat., University of Bonn, Germany

Professional experience

2005 Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Bonn, Germany

2005-2007 Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA, and The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, Cambridge, USA

2007-2011 Research Group Leader at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Since 2011 Professor of Biological Chemistry at Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany

2019 maternal leave (8 months)

Honors and awards

2019 Innovation Award in the field of medicine for (Medizinsonderpreis: „Antimikrobielle, gewebsregenerierende Laminate für die regenerative Medizin“

2006 – 2007 Postdoctoral fellowship of the Ernst Schering Foundation

2005 – 2006 Postdoctoral fellowship of the German Academic Exchange


2003 – 2005 PhD-fellowship of the German Scholarship Foundation

2003 – 2004 PhD-fellowship of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie

2003 „Bonner Forum für Biomedizin” Award

2002 „Bonner Forum für Biomedizin” Award

2001 – 2002 Fellowship of the Theodor-Laymann- Foundation

2000 – 2002 Fellowship of the Fritz-ter-Meer- Foundation

1996 – 2002 Student-fellowship of the German Scholarship Foundation

Offices and committee assignments

since 2021 and

2013 – 2015 Head of Examination Commission Biomolecular Engineering

2015 – 2019 Member of Examination Commission Biomolecular Engineering

since 2017 Member of Examination Commission Chemistry

2012-2019 Member of Board of the Chemistry Department, TU Darmstadt

2016 – 2019 Vice executive director, Institute for Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, TU Darmstadt

2016-2019 Mentor, TANDEM program of DHV (Deutscher Hochschulverband)

since 2017 Faculty representative at Ingenium, the Organization for early career scientists at TU Darmstadt

2013 – 2015 Dean of Studies of the Chemistry Department at TU Darmstadt

since 2012 Mentor, German Scholarship Foundation