Bertold Hock

Prof. Dr. rer. nat.

TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan
Former professor of cytology

born September 19, 1939
Curriculum Vitae

Scientific work

Bertold Hock began his 40-year academic career with the examination of the biological development of plants and fungi. This brought about the elucidation of the light-induced transition of plant glyoxysomes (cell organelles in which lipid metabolism is taking place) into perosixomes (cell organelles that carry out oxidative reactions). His participation in two aerospace experiments on the influence of weightlessness and space radiation on the development of fungi led to important findings. This includes the perception of gravity and stimulation transfer in the upper part of the fruiting body shaft. Bertold Hock and his department became internationally recognized for groundbreaking work in producing monoclonal and recombinant antibodies for ultrasensitive tests to detect pesticides and pollutants. Most recently, Bertold Hock expanded his research to include molecular impact tests, the focus of which was the utilization of gene expression prototypes in zebra fish to assess water contamination with the active substances in estrogen. Ultimately, his involvement in the concept of result-oriented analytics proved influential. 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. Additionally, he has been involved in the German Ministry for Education and Research’s project TripleLux, which examines the effect of space flight conditions on human genetic material and the immune system with the trial of a new measurement system. Since 2010, Bertold Hock has been working with students within the scope of the TUM: Young Academy mentoring program.


Short biography

1958 – 1962 Studies in biology and chemistry, TH Stuttgart
1964 Diploma in biology, University of Freiburg
1965 Doctorate in biology, University of Freiburg
1967 – 1970 Research assistant, University of Tübingen
1970 – 1978 Professor of biochemistry of morphogenesis, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
1978 – 2001 Professor of botany, Department of Agriculture and Horticulture, TUM
2002 – 2006 Professor of cell biology at the TUM School of Life Sciences


Memberships and honors

Chair of the Munich work group “Atmospheric pollutants” in the German Research Center for Environmental Health (GSF) (1992-1998)

Spokesperson for the work group “Immunoassays for the detection of pesticides” at the German Chemical Society (GDCh) (1992-1998) and the German Institute for Standardization (DIN), DIN-Normenausschuss Wasserwesen (NAW) (1992-1998)

Spokesperson for the work group “Standardization of immunoassays for pesticides” at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) (1992-1998)

Spokesperson for the German Research Foundation’s research group “Immunoassays für den Nachweis von Pestiziden” (immunoassays for the detection of pesticides) (1988-1993)

Spokesperson for the work group “Wirkungsbezogene Analytik” at the GDCh (1998-2002)

Spokesperson for the work group “Endokrine Wirkungen” of the German Institute for Standardization (DIN) (1998-2006)

Member of TUM: Young Academy’s advisory board (since 2010)


Research projects

German Research Foundation project: Cloning and sequencing of glyoxysomal and mitochondrial malat-dehydrogenase in watermelons (1982-1987)

German Research Foundation project: Serological evidence of pesticides and their metabolites in the hydrologic cycle (1988-1992)

German Research Foundation project: Quantitative identification of non-extractable triazine residues in refractive organic acids in water with the help of ELISA (1993-1998)

EU Research Project EDEN: Endocrine disruptors: Exploring novel endpoints, exposure, low-dose and mixture effects in humans, aquatic wildlife and laboratory animals (2002-2007)

EU Research Project IMAGEMO: Development of a capacitance-based immunodetection analyzer for the assay of genetically modified organisms in food (2002-2007)

EU Research Project ELISHA: Electro-immunointerfaces and surface nanobiotechnology: A heterodoxical approach (2003-2008)


Research stays

Visiting postdoctoral researcher at Purdue University, USA (1965-1967)

Visiting researcher at Washington State University, USA (1984)

Visiting researcher at the Department of Microbiology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India (1991)

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