Paul G. Layer
1948 born in Beutelsbach / Stuttgart, Germany.
1969 – 1973 Studies of food sciences in Stuttgart-Hohenheim.
1976 PhD at University of Konstanz under Prof. F. Hucho on Photoaffinty labeling of nicotinic cholinergic receptor and acetylcholinesterase.
1977 – 1979 Postdoc at Stanford School of Medicine, USA with Prof. E. Shooter. Signaltransduction & Degradation of Nerve growth factor (NGF).
1980 – 1991 Research on development of vertebrate brains and retina in department of Prof. A. Gierer at MPI for Devel. Biol., Tübingen; “Heisenberg”-grant. Habilitation in “Zoologie” at University of Tübingen.
1986, 1990 Extended research periods at the MPG-Guest laboratory at the Institute for Cell Biology, Academia Sinica, Shanghai, VR China.
since 1991 – 2015 Full Professor for Devel Biol & Neurogenetics at Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUDa). Teaching of Developmental, Human & Evolutionary Biology.
1995 – 1996 Director of the Institute for Zoology, TUDa.
1999 Invited Guest Professor for Cognitive & Brain Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan.
1993 – 1994 Dean of Faculty for Biology at TUDa (Fachbereich Biologie der TUDa)
2002 – 2005
1993-date Mentor for most qualified students from all disciplines at TUDa, supported by Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. Award of Daidalos medal in 2013.
2015 retirement from teaching & research position.
2015-date Forschungsmentor of TUDa, supporting young investigators with their grant applications.
Manyfold international cooperations: EU, USA, China, India, Japan. Reviewer for international journals of neuroscience and developmental biology, as well as for many research foundations.
Publication of approx. 180 peer reviewed articles in internationally renowned journals on the following research topics: development of retina, brain vesicles, somites, trunk, appendages of chicken embryo and mouse embryos, establishment of retinal spheroid technologies, tissue engineering of retina, non-neuronal embryonic functions of cholinesterases and cholinergic systems, stem cell biology, radiation biology; science philosophy.