Bertold HockProf. Dr. rer. nat.
Center of Life and Food Sciences, Weihenstephan
Former Chair of Cytology
Bertold Hock began his academic career with the study of the development of cell organelles in higher plants as well as with the regulation of sporocarp or fruiting body development in fungi. Over the years, he focused his academic work on bioanalysis. He and his department chair became internationally recognised for groundbreaking work in producing monoclonal and recombinant antibodies for ultrasensitive tests to detect pesticides and pollutants. Recently, Bertold Hock expanded his research to include molecular impact tests, the focus of which was the utilisation of gene expression prototypes in zebra fish to assess water contamination with the active substances in oestrogen. Bertold Hock was involved in the fundraising of and was a defining presence in more than 30 German Research Foundation projects between 1972 and 2002. Together with international partners, he was involved in nine EU projects from 1998 to 2008. As well as this, he took part in two aerospace projects with experiments on the influence of weightlessness on fungi. At the moment, he is involved in the ongoing project TripleLux of the German Ministry for Education and Research, which is investigating the effect of space flight conditions on human genetic material and the immune system with the trial of a new measurement system. Since 2008, he has been working with students within the scope of a mentoring programme for the Technische Universität München.
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