Dr. Leander Grode
Dr. Leander Grode is Managing Director (CEO) at Vakzine Projekt Management GmbH (VPM) since June 2019. Since 2013 he is Chief Scientific Officer at VPM and since April 2008 he has been responsible for Business Development.
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Between 2001 and 2003 Leander Grode was the coordinator of the vaccine development group at the MPI in the Department of Immunology.
He graduated in 1997 with a degree in biology at the Max-Planck Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt/Main in the Department of Molecular Membrane Biology under Prof. Hartmut Michel. In the year 2000 he graduated as a PhD at the Max-Planck Institute of Infection Biology in the Department of Immunology under Prof. Stefan H.E. Kaufmann. The focus of his thesis was vaccine development against tuberculosis based on live carriers, such as salmonella or mycobacterium bovis BCG.
He studied biology in Giessen and Frankfurt/Main with focus on cell biology and zoology. As an exchange student, he visited the University of California San Francisco in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics in the lab of Prof. John Watson.