Head of Department

Professor Dr. Thomas Efferth


1980-1986 Study of Biology, Technical University Darmstadt, Germany

1990 PhD Thesis at the German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany

1997 Habilitation (Postdoctorate Thesis), Technical University Aachen, Germany


2005 Research group leader, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany

2007 Associate Professor (apl.), University of Heidelberg, Germany

2009 Full Professor, Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Biology, Institute of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Mainz, Germany


1991 Ludolf Krehl-Award (1st place) of Southwest-German Society for Medicine

2006 Honorary professor of the Northeast Forestry University, Harbin, China

2006 Dr. Wilmar Schwabe Award conferred by the Society for Medical Plant Research

2008 Citizen medal (Bürgerplakette) of the city of Heidelberg

2010 Visiting professor at the Zhejiang Chinese Medical University. Hangzhou, China

2011 Award of the Central European Society for Anticancer Drug Research (CESAR) for translational research in the development of antitumoral agents


  • >350 PubMed-listed publications
  • Hirsch-factor: 48
  • >8000 citations
  • 4 books
  • >150 lectures at international conferences
  • >150 poster presentations at international conferences
  • Two US patents, 1 European patent, 1 Spanish patent


  • Vice-president of World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies, Specialty Committee for Immunology
  • Editor of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
  • Co-Editor/Section editor of Planta Medica, European Journal of Medicinal plants, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Biochemistry and Analytical Biochemistry
  • Editorial Board member of 26 journals, including International Journal of Oncology, Cancer Genomics and Proteomics, Chemico-Biological Interactions, Current Medicinal Chemistry, Frontiers in Pharmacology; Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Pharmaceuticals, Phytomedicine
  • Scientific advisory board member of several institutions, including the German Pharmaceutical Society (DPhG), International Institute of Anticancer Research (IIAR), Begell House Publishers (New York, USA)