Reinhold Mann oversees the Laboratory’s Environmental, Biological and Computational Sciences departments, which together have 210 employees and a yearly budget of $61 million. Research in the life sciences at Brookhaven includes sophisticated imaging techniques, basic studies on DNA, proteins, molecular and cellular mechanisms, and biomedical and environmental applications based on this research.
Reinhold Mann earned an M.S. in mathematics in 1977 and a Ph.D. in biophysics in 1980, both from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. After briefly working as a research staff member at the Fraunhofer Institute for Information and Data Processing in Karlsruhe, Germany, he came to the U.S. as a visiting scientist at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in 1981, supported by a Feodor-Lynen Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He held various scientific and management positions at ORNL, mainly in computer science and advanced engineering, until he became Director of ORNL’s Life Sciences Division in 1997.
In 2001, Mann joined DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) as Deputy Laboratory Director for Science and Technology, and, a year later, became Chief Research Officer and Associate Laboratory Director, Fundamental Science. In 2004, Mann moved back to ORNL as Associate Laboratory Director, Biological and Environmental Sciences, overseeing approximately 450 staff members and $140 million in research funds.
In 2008, Mann became Senior Vice President for Research and Development at Battelle Science and Technology Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he was a member of a start-up team that developed the concept and plans for a national renewable energy laboratory as a joint venture between Battelle Memorial Institute and Petronas, the Malaysian-owned international oil and gas company. Also from 2007 to 2008, Mann served as Chair of the Board of Directors for DOE’s Bioenergy Science Center.