Rector – Professor Kerstin Krieglstein

The rector manages the University of Konstanz and represents it both internally and externally. Her areas of responsibility include, amongst others, the development of governance as well as the university’s structural and development planning. She is responsible for appointing professors and leads appointment negotiations.

Curriculum vitae:

Professor Kerstin Krieglstein began her tenure as rector of the University of Konstanz on 1 August 2018. From 1 April 2014 until 31 July 2018, she was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Freiburg. In 2007, she was appointed to the Professorship of Anatomy at the University of Freiburg and led the Department of Molecular Embryology from then on. From 2010 until 2014, she acted as the Vice-Dean for Structure, Research and Development in the Faculty of Medicine. From 2001 to 2007, she was Professor in and Head of the Department of Neuroanatomy in the area of human medicine at the University of Göttingen. Before that she was Associate Professor of Anatomy at Saarland University from 1999 to 2001.

Kerstin Krieglstein studied chemistry and pharmacy at the Phillips-Universität Marburg and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München from 1982 to 1987, also gaining her pharmacist’s licence. In 1990, she completed her doctoral studies at the Phillips-Universität Marburg with honours before attaining her habilitation (post-doctoral qualification) in the area of anatomy and cell biology at Heidelberg University. She was selected as a Heisenberg Fellow by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in 1998.

For her accomplishments in research and teaching she won numerous awards, including the Wolfgang Bargmann Prize from the Anatomische Gesellschaft (1999) as well as the teaching award for innovative improvements in study programmes with state examinations (Instructional Development Award, IDA), which she received in 2013. Kerstin Krieglstein has been a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina since 2007 and a long-standing member in committees of the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Helmholtz Association, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as well as the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts (MWK) Baden-Württemberg (conference of deans). She received international recognition through her appointment to the Scientific Advisory Board of the Center of Excellence for Neuroscience at the Academy of Sciences Finland.


Former rectors of the University of Konstanz