Kiel Marine Science

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Frank Kempken

Am Botanischen Garten 1-9, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-4274
Telefax: +49 431 880-4248

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Information about Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Frank Kempken


Professor Dr. Frank Kempken was born in the city of Moers (Germany) in 1960. Between 1980 and 1985 he studied Biology at the Ruhr University Bochum, where he then earned his doctorate and worked as a scientific employee. After a stay abroad at the University of Florida between 1989 and 1990, he habilitated in 1996 at the Department of General and Molecular Botany in Bochum and worked as lecturer there.

In 2001 Frank Kempken became university professor for Botany with the emphasis on Genetics and Molecular Biology in Kiel. From 2004 to 2008, Kempken was Vice Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. From 2008 to 2014 he was Vice President of the university. In January 2014 he was elected to become president of the German Society for Genetics.

Research questions

Most of the research of Frank Kempken is related to molecular genetics and cell biology of filamentous fungi. Central research questions include:

  • What is the biological function of fungal secondary metabolites?
  • What is the coding potential of fungi from marine sources?
  • Can we use fungal transposons as mutagenesis tools in filamentous fungi?
  • Are there true marine fungi and what specific adaptions may exist?
Current Research

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