Dr. Leander Grode (1970) joined VPM in May, 2003.
As Manager he was responsible for all of VPM´s projects until June, 2008.
After being Director of Business Development since 2008 he became CSO and procurator of VPM in April 2013.
Since June 2019 Dr. Grode is Managing Director of VPM.
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.
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 samonella or mycobacterium bovis BCG.
Between 2001 and 2003 Leander Grode was the coordinator of the vaccine development group at the MPI in the Department of Immunology.