Short CV/Education and training

  • 1991 – 1998
    Studied medicine at the University Hospital of RWTH Aachen University, Germany

  • 1994 – 1995
    Studies abroad at United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St. Thomas's Hospitals in London, UK, with support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

  • 1995 and 1996
    Submitted undergraduate thesis to the Institute of Biochemistry, RWTH Aachen University

  • 1995 and 1998
    United States Medical Licencing Examination (USMLE), Step 1 and 2

  • 1999
    Doctorate, awarded the Borchers Prize for outstanding dissertation by RWTH Aachen University

  • 1999 – 2000
    Internship/Residency in internal medicine, University Hospital of RWTH Aachen University

  • 2000
    Licence to practise medicine

  • 2000 – 2003
    Postdoc, UT Southwestern Medical Centre, Department of Molecular Genetics

  • Since 2003
    Clinical associate at the Department of Medicine II

  • Since 2005
    Director of an Emmy Noether research group at the Department of Medicine II and the Centre for Neuroscience, Freiburg, Germany

  • 2005
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in experimental medicine

  • Since 2006
    Principal investigator, Spemann Graduate School in Biology and Medicine

  • Since 2007
    Member of the Comprehensive Cancer Care Centre of Freiburg

  • 2008
    Board certification in internal medicine

Selected publications

  • Zurhove, K. et al.: Gamma-secretase limits the inflammatory response through the processing of LRP1. In: Science Signaling 1(47), 2008. ra15. Discussed in: Science Signaling Podcast: 25 November 2008, Petra May and Annalisa M. VanHook (25 November 2008), Sci. Signal. 1(47), pc12. [DOI: 10.1126/scisignal.147pc12].

  • May, P. et al.: The LDL receptor-related protein (LRP) family: an old family of proteins with new physiological functions. In: Ann Med. 39, 2007. S. 219-228.

  • Hu, L. et al.: Macrophage Low-density Lipoprotein Receptor-related Protein Deficiency Enhances Atherosclerosis in Mice. In: Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2006 [Epub ahead of print].

  • Takayama, Y. et al.: Low density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 1 (LRP1) controls endocytosis and c-CBL-mediated ubiquitination of the platelet-derived growth factor receptor beta (PDGFRbeta). In: J Biol Chem. 280(18), 2005. S. 18504-185010.

  • May, P. et al.: Neuronal LRP1 Functionally Associates with Postsynaptic Proteins and Is Required for Normal Motor Function in Mice. In: Mol. Cell Biol. 24(20), 2004. S. 8872-8883.

  • May, P. et al.: Differential Glycosylation Regulates Processing of Lipoprotein Receptors by g-Secretase. In: J Biol. Chem. 278(39), 2003. S. 37386-37392.

  • May, P., Bock, H.H., Herz, J.: Integration of endocytosis and signal transduction by lipoprotein receptors. In: Sci STKE 2003. pe12.

  • May, P., Reddy, Y.K., Herz, J.: Proteolytic processing of low density lipoprotein receptor-related protein mediates regulated release of its intracellular domain. In: J Biol. Chem. 277(21), 2002. S. 18736-18743.


Selected projects

  • The significance of negative regulation of inflammatory processes by LRP1 for atherogenesis

  • The role of the LRP1 lipoprotein receptor in liver fibrogenesis

  • The role of LRP1 in embryogenesis, in particular vascular development, and in the developing CNS

Additional qualifications

  • Specialist in internal medicine, 2008


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Married, 2 children (born 2005 and 2009)


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