Dr.-Ing. Ute Dechert

Unit Head Organisation & Processes

Dr.-Ing. Ute Dechert, born in 1961, studied chemistry at Technische Universität Darmstadt where she also attained the academic rank of doctor of engineering in 1992 after joining the working group headed by P.D. Dr. E. Wollny, which formed part of Prof. Dr. H.G. Gassen’s study group at the Institute for Biochemistry. She spent the subsequent four years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Biomedical Research Centre at the University of British Columbia, Canada, where she explored signal transduction processes in hematopoietic cell systems before joining BRAIN AG as project manager in 1996. At BRAIN, she supervised several industrial cooperation projects as well as R&D projects funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with a focus on microbial screening programs, heterologous protein expression, and bio-analytics. In this context, she has laid the foundation for BRAIN’s BioArchive, including its data management system, and established corporate processes in the field of instrumental (HPLC-)analytics. Since 1999 she has also been responsible for managing R&D projects funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU), and the EU, and is the administrative contact for project management agencies and governmental audit bodies.

The responsibilities of BRAIN’s HR department, in which she has been in charge of the selection and recruitment procedure for employees and scholarship holders since 2001, were expanded in 2005 to include the in-house training of biology laboratory assistants and administrative employees and once more in 2008, when HR-related public relations activities were added to the portfolio. Since 2013, Dr.-Ing. Ute Dechert has headed BRAIN’s Organization & Processes unit, spanning purchasing, IT, infrastructure and technology, general administration, and, in particular, human resources management.

In addition, she acts as a volunteer auditor for agencies in the field of degree program accreditation (ASIIN e.V., Aquas), and is a member of the Technical Committee 10 (Biosciences) of ASIIN e.V., the Female Managers’ Network within the Association of German Biotechnology Companies (VBU), the Bergstraße HR Network run by Wirtschaftsförderung Bergstraße GmbH, the local business development agency, the DECHEMA e.V. “Biotechnology Education” board committee as well as the biotechnology industry advisory board of Esslingen University of Applied Sciences.

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