Caesar is a neuroscience research institute associated with the Max Planck Society. The institute is operated by a non-profit foundation under private law.

Board of Directors

Dr. Jason Kerr

Dr. Jason Kerr

Since September 2013, Dr. Jason Kerr is director of the Department Behavior and Brain Organization. Since September 2015, he is currently the managing director of caesar.

Jason Kerr was born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1970. From 1989 onward, he initially studied human anatomy at the Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology at Otago University in Dunedin, New Zealand, graduating with a BSc in 1994, followed by a DipSci in human anatomy in 1995. He remained at Otago University, carrying out research until 1999, when he was awarded a doctorate in neurophysiology. Thereafter he held two post-doc positions, first from 1999 to late 2003 at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and then until 2005 at the MPI for Medical Research in Heidelberg. Dr. Kerr continued to work as project leader until 2006 in the department headed by Bert Sakmann, before taking up the post of leader of the Network Imaging Group at the MPI for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen. In addition to becoming Director and head of the Department of Behavior and Brain Organization at the caesar research center, Jason Kerr is also an appointed Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society and a member of the MPI for Metabolism Research, Cologne. The long-term goal of Dr. Kerr’s research is to understand how mammals use their vision to make decisions and the neurobiological mechanisms that underlie this process.


Assistant: Ruth Pohle
Phone: +49-228-9656-113
Email: jason.kerr@caesar.de

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Prof. Dr. U. Benjamin Kaupp

Prof. Dr. U. Benjamin Kaupp

Since January 2008, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Benjamin Kaupp is director of the Department of Molecular Sensory Systems. From January 2008 to September 2015, he was the managing director of caesar.

Prof. Kaupp studied Chemistry at the Universities of Tübingen and Berlin. He received his PhD at the Max-Volmer-Institute of the Technical University Berlin and did his "Habilitation" in Biophysics at the University of Osnabrück in 1983. From 1988 to 2007, Kaupp was Director at the Institute of Neuroscience and Biophysics (INB) of the Research Centre Jülich. Kaupp serves on several scientific boards and is closely affiliated with the Max Planck Society. He was member of the Senate's Committee for Collaborative Research Centres of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Heisenberg Committee. He is a Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society, member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts. Kaupp is Professor for Biophysical Chemistry at the University of Cologne since 1988 and Professor for Molecular Neurobiology at the University of Bonn since 2008. Kaupp's research priorities lie in the fields of Sensory Systems, Molecular Neurobiology, Chemotaxis, Ion Channels, and Membrane Receptors. His fundamental research results have found their way into many textbooks.


Assistant: Heike Krause
Phone: +49-228-9656-273
Email: u.b.kaupp@caesar.de

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

 Gertrud Bilski

Gertrud Bilski

Since November 1st, 2009, Ms. Gertrud Bilski is Administrative Managing Director and member of the Executive Board of caesar.

After having gained professional experience in medical-technical and commercial professions, Ms. Bilski studied business management in Bonn and received her diploma in economics in 1998.Subsequent to her studies she worked for several years as commercial manager for a start-up company in the medical devices sector. From 2003 until joining caesar, Bilski worked as head of administration at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, known for its radio telescopes in Effelsberg and Chile. The focal points of her work at caesar are the management of the commercial departments and institute’s infrastructure, as well as the asset management. Bilski is a member of the International Relations and Science Committee of the city of Bonn and actively engaged on different committees promoting Bonn as a renowned scientific location.


Assistant: Robert Schleuter
Phone: +49-228-9656-181
Email: gertrud.bilski@caesar.de