Stefan H. E. Kaufmann is founding director of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin where he heads the Department of Immunology. Professor for microbiology and immunology, Charité University Clinics Berlin. Honorary Professor of the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru and Guest Professor at the Tongji University, School of Medicine, Shanghai, China.
He holds a Doctor Honoris Causa from Université de la Mediterranée, Aix-Marseille II. Past President and honorary member of the German Society for Immunology. Past President of the European Federation of Immunological Societies (EFIS) and Past President of the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS).
Studied biology at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, 1977 PhD (highest degree, summa cum laude). From 1987 to 1991 professor for medical microbiology and immunology, and from 1991 to 1998 full professor for immunology at the University of Ulm.
Scientific interests: immunity to bacterial pathogens with emphasis on tuberculosis and rational vaccine and biomarker design. Co-Developer of a recombinant BCG-vaccine candidate which is in a phase II-clinical trial.
He is Alternate Board Member of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI Alliance) and member of the Strategic Advisory Committee of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP). Initiated the global Day of Immunology to raise public awareness in immunology. Numerous scientific awards. He is coordinator of several international and interdisciplinary projects.
More than 700 publications mostly in high-ranking journals. Highly cited immunologist (ISI Thomson) with an h-Index (according to J. E. Hirsch) of 86. Editor or member of editorial boards of more than 20 international scientific journals. Member of numerous professional societies and academies including American Academy of Microbiology, Berlin–Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, World Innovation Foundation and European Molecular Biology Organization.