Short CV/Education and training

  • 1996 – 2003
    Studied medicine at Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany

  • 2000 – 2001
    German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Training Group GRK 438: Vascular biology in medicine

  • 2004
    Doctorate (summa cum laude) from the Institute for the Prevention of Circulatory Diseases, LMU Munich

  • 2004
    Physician's licence

  • 2004 – 2009
    Postdoc at the Institute of Molecular Heart and Circulatory Research, University Hospital, RWTH Aachen University

  • 2007 – 2008
    Junior doctor at the Institute of Pathology, University Hospital, RWTH Aachen University

  • 2008
    Conferral of the venia legendi (authorisation to teach) in the field of general and molecular pathology, RWTH Aachen University

  • 2009
    Heisenberg Fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG) and independent junior research group leader at the Rudolf Virchow Centre, DFG Research Centre for Experimental Biomedicine, University of Würzburg, Germany

  • 2012
    Associate Professor of Vascular Biology at the Department of Vascular Surgery at the Technical University Munich (TUM)

Selected publications

  • Zernecke, A. et al.: Delivery of microRNA-126 by apoptotic bodies induces CXCL12-dependent vascular protection. In: Sci Signal. 2, ra81, 2009.

  • Landsman, L. et al.: CX3CR1 is required for monocyte homeostasis and atherogenesis by promoting cell survival. In: Blood 113, 2009. S. 963-972.

  • Zernecke, A. et al.: Protective Role of CXC Receptor 4/CXC Ligand 12 Unveils the Importance of Neutrophils in Atherosclerosis. In: Circ Res. 102, 2008. S. 209-217.

  • Weber, C. et al.: The multifaceted contribution of leukocyte subsets to atherosclerosis: lessons from mouse models. In: Nat Rev Immunol. 8, 2008. S. 802-815.

  • Zernecke, A. et al.: Chemokines in atherosclerosis: an update. In: Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 28, 2008. S. 1897-1908.


Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Society for Microcirculation and Vascular Biology

  • German Cardiac Society

  • Editorial board of PLoS ONE

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