Director of TUM-IAS

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Michael Molls

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Professional Address:
Technische Universität München
Institute for Advanced Study
Lichtenbergstraße 2 a
85748 Garching Germany
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Present Position:
Director of the TUM Institute for Advanced Study

Scientific and Clincal Work | Education

Michael Molls was the chairholder and director of the clinic for radiotherapy and radiation oncology at TUM from 1992 to 2014. Further activities include serving as member of the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board at the TUM hospital “Rechts der Isar” and head of the Tumour Centre (Tumorzentrum, TZM) München of both Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) and TUM. He was particularly committed to process, result, and structure quality of interdisciplinary oncology.

As president of the German Society for Radiation Oncology (DEGRO) and head of the DEGRO Academy, Michael Molls contributed to the introduction of interdisciplinary guidelines for the treatment of cancer patients (in cooperation with the German Cancer Society) and he developed a curriculum for specialization in radiation oncology based on European recommendations. He promoted the integration of radiobiological and physical-medical research in radiation oncology.

In 1976, Michael Molls succeeded in cultivating mouse preimplantation embryos in vitro. New developmental and radiobiological (X-rays, neutrons, tritium, combination of radiation with pollutants, chemotherapeutic substances, hyperthermia) insights were gained using this system of fast proliferating stem cells.

From 2010 to 2016, Michael Molls was the co-speaker of the cluster of excellence “Munich Centre for Advanced Photonics” (MAP) of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) and responsible for the biomedical area of this research network. Together with colleagues, he performed experiments with laser generated protons/ions and investigated biological effects of nanosecond proton irradiation (cell death, chromosomal aberrations, DNA repair). MAP has built the framework for the “Center for Advanced Laser Applications” (CALA) at LMU and TUM. F. Krausz/LMU and M. Molls/TUM initiated the CALA project (63 Mio EUR). In 2011, it was recommended for funding by the German Science Council (Wissenschaftsrat).

Michael Molls focussed his clinical research in cancer patients on tumour hypoxia, tumour blood perfusion, innovative imaging techniques for therapy planning, high-precision and individualized radiotherapy and the initiation of multicenter studies funded by the DFG and the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).

Renowned is the work of the Molls group on stereotactic radiation treatment of brain tumours and early lung carcinomas and liver metastases as well as on post-therapeutic quality of life in breast and prostate cancer.

As speaker of the TUM Senior Excellence Faculty and with colleagues of the group of the “TUM Emeriti of Excellence”, Michael Molls founded the “TUM Sustainability Forum” in 2016. The Forum organizes interdisciplinary symposia (Sustainable Risk Management, Sustainable Development in Africa, Violated Earth – Violent Earth, Discovery of X-Rays – a Big Bang for Science, Circular Economy, etc.). Since 2020, Michael Molls is the director of the TUM Institute for Advanced Study.

Michael Molls is the author of approximately 400 reviewed publications and editor of textbooks, monographs and series of books on radiation oncology, radiation biology, medical physics, and recently on the topic of sustainability.

He supervised 14 habilitations (professorial teaching qualification processes). Seven of his staff have been appointed to professorships or executive positions in Germany and abroad.

Short Biography


Study of medicine and licensing examination, University of Freiburg


Occupational medicine in Turkey (Istanbul) and former Yugoslavia


Assistant at the Institute of Pharmacology, doctorate, experimental study on “Anaphylactic Shock and Treatment in Guinea Pigs”, University of Freiburg


Assistant and consultant at the Institute for Radiation Biology and at the Radiation Clinic of the Essen University Clinic. Habilitation and Venia legendi (university instruction licence) for embryology, radiation biology, and radiation therapy


Professor and director of the Radiation Therapy and Radiation Oncology Clinic at the “Klinikum rechts der Isar” (TUM university hospital)

Since 2015

Speaker of the “TUM Senior Excellence Faculty” (group of the “TUM Emeriti of Excellence”) and member of the “TUM Extended Board of Management”

Since 2020

Director of the “TUM Institute for Advanced Study” (IAS)

Professional Positions

  • Member of expert commissions of the German Council of Science and Humanities, DFG, Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, federal and state ministries, and of national and international advisory boards, chairman of review committees
  • Reviewer for national and international journals
  • Member of the academic directorate of the TUM research reactor (1996-2003)
  • President of the German Society for Radiation Oncology (DEGRO) (1997-1999)
  • Head of the Tumor Center Munich (TZM) of LMU and TUM (2001-2003)
  • President of the academy for advanced training and continuing education of the DEGRO (2004-2009)
  • Member of the board of management (from 2006), co-spokesperson (2010-2016) and head of biomedicine for the cluster of excellence “Munich Centre for Advanced Photonics” (MAP) of the DFG
  • Member of the review boards “cancer research” and “medical technology” of the DFG (2007-2012)
  • Member of the Peer Review College of the Danish Council for Strategic Research (2008)
  • Coordinator of the European radiation biology project CARDIORISK (EU 7th framework programme) (2008-2011)
  • Member of the academic advisory board for the ELI Beamlines Facility, Prague (Extreme Light Infrastructure, European Project) (2010-2015)
  • Member of the board of directors of the Centre for Advanced Laser Applications (CALA) (2012-2016)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Center for Tumor Diseases Heidelberg, Dresden (NCT) (since 2015)
  • Spokesperson for the TUM Senior Excellence Faculty and member of the Extended Board of TUM (since 2015)
  • Director of the TUM Institute for Advanced Study (since 2020)


  • Hanns Langendorff Prize (1979)
  • Member of the German National Academy of Sciences “Leopoldina” (since 1998)
  • President of the joint annual congress of the German and Austrian Societies of Radiation Oncology and the German Society for Medical Physics (DGMP) (2000)
  • Honorary member of the Austrian and the German Societies of Radiation Oncology (2004, 2014)
  • Honorary award of the Munich Tumour Centre (2007)
  • Chairman of the “Alfred Breit Award” committee (since 2013)
  • Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary (2017)
  • Dr. h. c. Cyprus University of Technology (2019)

Publications as Dircetor of the TUM-IAS


  • Molls, Michael; Eberspächer, Jörg; Auernhammer, Hermann; Färber, Georg; Herbst-Gaebel, Birgit; Lindemann, Udo; Mainzer, Klaus; Petry, Winfried; Reichwald, Ralf; Scheurle, Jürgen; van Hemmen, Leo; Wilderer, Peter (Hrsg.): Wissenschaft, Vernunft & Nachhaltigkeit – Denkanstöße für die Zeit nach Corona. TUM Forum Sustainability. Technische Universität München, 2020 mehr…
  • Michael Molls, Jörg Eberspächer, Konrad Oexle, Claudia Peus, Ralf Reichwald, Peter Wilderer und Juliane Winkelmann: Change – Change. TUM Forum Sustainability, Wissenschaft, Vernunft, Nachhaltigkeit – Denkanstöße für die Zeit nach Corona, 2020, 298-305 mehr…
  • Gabriele Multhoff, …, Michael Molls et al.: Targeted Natural Killer (NK) cell based adoptive immunotherapy for the treatment of patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) after radiochemotherapy - results of a randomized phase II clinical trial (NSCLC-TKD/IL-2). Clinical Cancer Research, 2020 mehr…
  • Michael Molls und Jörg Eberspächer: Denkanstöße geben – Aufgabe der Wissenschaft! TUM Forum Sustainability, Wissenschaft, Vernunft, Nachhaltigkeit – Denkanstöße für die Zeit nach Corona, 2020, 10-11 mehr…
  • Michael Molls, Renate Oberhoffer und Ingo Borggräfe: Gesundheit und Medizin. TUM Forum Sustainability, Wissenschaft, Vernunft, Nachhaltigkeit – Denkanstöße für die Zeit nach Corona, 2020, 208-214 mehr…