Dr. Peter Gruss is an internationally renowned researcher in gene regulation and embryonic development, who served as the President of the Max Planck Society in Germany from 2002-2014. Previously, Dr. Gruss was Director of the Department of Molecular Cell Biology at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen for 16 years.
Dr. Gruss has received multiple awards for his contributions to science, including the German Future Prize, the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit, the Harnack Medal, and the highest scientific honor in Germany, the Leibniz Prize. He is a member of various national and international scientific organizations including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Göttingen Academy of Sciences, the European Molecular Biology Organization, and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. He is an honorary member of the Japan Academy and the National Academy of Sciences Republic of Korea, and a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
From 2015-2019, Dr. Gruss developed the "Siemens Technology & Innovation Council" (STIC), which was an advisory board discussing technologies and innovations that will play a significant role for Siemens over the next ten years and beyond with the supervisory board. He also was a supervisory board member of Siemens, Munich Re and on the board of directors of Actelion.