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.