Oliver Ullrich is full professor (Ordinarius), chair of Anatomy, at the University of Zurich and professor (Hon.-Prof.) of Space Biotechnology in the Department of Machine Design (IMK), Engineering Design and Product Development, Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Germany and adjunct professor at the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), China.
He is leading key research projects in the life sciences research program of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), conducted so far during 17 parabolic flight campaigns, 4 sounding rocket missions and 3 orbital missions, including the International space station (ISS). He is elected academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) for lifetime, head of Space Medicine / Life Sciences and member of the council, German Society for Aerospace Medicine, as well as project director and chairman of the Swiss Parabolic Flight Platform.
Oliver Ullrich obtained degrees in medicine and biochemistry at the Free University Berlin. He obtained his MD from the Humboldt-University Berlin and his PhD in biochemistry from the Free University Berlin, both in 1998. He stayed as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Cell- and Neurobiology at the Institute of Anatomy, Medical Faculty Charité, Humboldt University Berlin. Oliver Ullrich then became group leader at the same institute in 2000, from which he also received the venia legendi in anatomy and cell biology in 2003. Before moving to Switzerland, he was promoted to Professor of Molecular Immunology of the Institute of Immunology, Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg.