Short CV/Education and training

  • 1981
    Abitur (A-levels) at Bernhard Strigel Gymnasium (grammar school), Memmingen, Germany

  • 1981 – 1982
    Studied chemistry at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

  • 1982 – 1988
    Studied medicine at LMU Munich, Germany

  • 1984
    Preliminary physician's examination

  • 1985
    1st section of the physician's examination

  • 1987
    2nd section of the physician's examination

  • 1987 – 1988
    Final year of medical school at LMU Munich

  • 1988
    3rd section of the physician's examination

  • 1988 – 1990
    House officer, Surgical Hospital and Outpatient Clinic, City Centre University Hospital, LMU Munich

  • 1990
    Physician's licence, LMU Munich

  • 1990
    Visiting researcher, Department of Anaesthesiology, College of Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA

  • 1990 – 1991
    Fellowship from the Dr Johannes Heidenhain Foundation, Institute for Surgical Research, LMU Munich

  • 1990 – 1993
    On-call service, Surgical Hospital and Outpatient Clinic, City Centre University Hospital, LMU Munich

  • 1991
    Doctor of Medicine, Institute for Surgical Research, Faculty of Medicine, LMU Munich

  • 1991 – 1994
    Research associate, Institute for Surgical Research, LMU Munich

  • 1992
    Certificate of specialist training, radiation protection in the field of diagnostic radiology

  • 1994 – 1996
    Research associate, Institute of Clinical-Experimental Surgery, University Hospitals of Homburg (Saar), Saarland University, Germany

  • 1996
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification in medicine), Institute of Clinical-Experimental Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Saarland University, Homburg (Saar)

  • 1996
    Offer (candidate of first choice) of a C3 professorship in surgical research, University of Bonn (declined)

  • 1996
    C2 lecturer, Institute of Clinical-Experimental Surgery, University Hospitals of Homburg (Saar), Saarland University

  • 1996 – 2002
    Deputy director, Institute of Clinical-Experimental Surgery, University Hospitals of Homburg (Saar), Saarland University

  • 1998 – 2002
    Heisenberg Fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG), Bonn, Germany (Vo 450/6-1 and Vo 450/6-2)

  • 1998 – 1999
    Visiting researcher as a Heisenberg Fellow, Centre of Blood Research (T. Springer / U. von Andrian), Surgical Research Laboratories (J. Folkman / B. R. Zetter); Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

  • 2000
    Professor by special appointment of experimental surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Saarland University, Homburg (Saar)

  • 2002
    Offer of a C3 professorship (candidate of first choice, accepted) in experimental surgery, University of Rostock, Germany

  • Since 2002
    Director of the Institute of Experimental Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Rostock

  • 2002 – 2015
    C3-Professorship for Experimental Surgery, Medical Faculty of the University of Rostock

  • Since 2002
    Director of the Rudolf-Zenker-Institute for Experimental Surgery, Medical Faculty of the University of Rostock

  • 2004 – 2006
    Vice dean for research and scientific development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Rostock

  • 2015
    W3-Professorship for Experimental Surgery, Medical Faculty of the University of Rostock

Selected publications

  • Stratos I, Madry H, Rotter R, Weimer A, Graff J, Cucchiarini M, Mittlmeier T, Vollmar B. Fibroblast growth factor-2-overexpressing myoblasts encapsulated in alginate spheres increase proliferation, reduce apoptosis, induce adipogenesis, and enhance regeneration following skeletal muscle injury in rats. Tissue Eng Part A 17:2867-2877, 2011

  • Siebert N, Xu W, Grambow E, Zechner D, Vollmar B. Erythropoietin improves skin wound healing and activates the TGF-β signaling pathway. Lab Invest 91:1753-1765, 2011

  • Stratos I, Richter N, Rotter R, Li Z, Zechner D, Mittlmeier T, Vollmar B. Melatonin restores muscle regeneration and enhances muscle function after crush injury in rats. J Pineal Res 52:62-70, 2012

  • Zechner D, Spitzner M, Bobrowski A, Knapp N, Kuhla A, Vollmar B. Diabetes aggravates acute pancreatitis and inhibits pancreas regeneration in mice. Diabetologia 55:1526-1534, 2012

  • Kuehl AR, Abshagen K, Eipel C, Laschke MW, Menger MD, Laue M, Vollmar B. External inosculation as a feature of revascularization occurs after free transplantation of murine liver grafts. Am J Transplant 13:286-298, 2013

  • Bobrowski A, Spitzner M, Bethge S, Mueller-Graf F, Vollmar B, Zechner D. Risk factors for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma specifically stimulate pancreatic duct glands in mice. Am J Pathol 182:965-974, 2013

  • Bannert K, Kuhla A, Abshagen K, Vollmar B. Anti-apoptotic therapeutic approaches in liver diseases: do they really make sense? Apoptosis 19:1243-1253, 2014

  • Butschkau A, Wagner NM, Genz B, Vollmar B. Protein Z exerts pro-angiogenic effects and upregulates CXCR4. PLoS One 9:e113554, 2014

  • Abshagen K, Brensel M, Genz B, Roth K, Thomas M, Fehring V, Schaeper U, Vollmar B. Foxf1 siRNA delivery to hepatic stellate cells by DBTC lipoplex formulations ameliorates fibrosis in livers of bile duct ligated mice. Curr Gene Ther 15:215-227, 2015

  • Kuhla A, Ludwig SC, Kuhla B, Münch G, Vollmar B. Advanced glycation end products are mitogenic signals and trigger cell cycle reentry of neurons in Alzheimer's disease brain. Neurobiol Aging 36:753-761, 2015


Selected projects

  • European Social Fund: Optimisation of stem cells for therapeutic application using modulation by means of miRNA.

  • BMBF (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) – Elite research and innovation in the new German federal states: REMEDIS consortium

    Subproject C1: In-vivo imaging of ophthalmological implant and drainage systems

    Subproject C2: In-vivo investigation of differential vascular response to drug-eluting multimode stents

  • DFG (German Research Foundation) EI 768/1-2: Mechanisms underlying the protective effects of darbepoetin in biliary fibrosis

  • DFG AB 453/1-1: Targeted antifibrotic gene therapy – Stem cell potential of hepatic stellate cells

  • BMBF joint project: Cytotherapeutic approaches in models of biliary fibrosis

    Subproject 4: Reversing fibrosis using cell-based therapeutic processes and local preconditioning with erythropoietin

  • DFG VO 450/11-1: Relevance of protein Z in septic coagulopathy and inflammation

  • DFG KU 3280/1-1: Fgf21 – A key factor in hepatic–neuronal communication

  • DFG AB 453/2-1: Repin1 and resolvins – Provocation and resolution of "sterile" inflammation (inflammasome) as part of the progression of chronic liver diseases to HCC

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Membership in professional societies:

  • German Surgical Society (DGCH)

  • Surgical research section of the German Surgical Society

  • Association of Bavarian Surgeons

  • German Society for Microcirculation and Vascular Biology

  • European Society for Microcirculation

  • European Society for Surgical Research

Service on committees of professional societies:

  • Senator and head of Section 17 (Surgery, Orthopaedics, Anaesthesiology), German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Berlin, since 2016

  • Chair of the surgical research section of the German Society of Surgery (DGCH), since 2015

  • Chair of the Conference of Surgical Research Professors, since 2015

  • President of the academic council of the University of Rostock, since 2014

  • Member of the advisory board to the International Graduate School of Neuroscience at Ruhr University Bochum, since 2014

  • Member of the German Research Foundation (DFG) senate commission on key questions in clinical research, since 2013

  • Member of the supervisory board for the Clinical Trials Unit of the German Surgical Society (SDGC), since 2013

  • Member of the German Research Foundation (DFG) senate commission on key questions in clinical research, 2013

  • Editor-in-Chief, European Surgical Research, published by Karger Verlag, since 2012

  • Member of the German Research Foundation (DFG) grants committee for Research Training Groups, since 2010

  • Member of the Exploratory Research Board for the International AO Foundation, 2010 – 2013

  • Member of AcademiaNet, the Robert Bosch Foundation's portal for outstanding female scientists, since 2009

  • Review board member for the German Research Foundation (DFG), interdisciplinary "Medical Technology" section, 2008 – 2010

  • Review board member for the DFG, "Medicine--Vascular and Visceral Surgery" review board, "Inflammation" section, 2008 – 2010

  • Member of the scientific advisory board to the German Medical Association, since 2008

  • Review board member for the DFG, review board "Medicine – Vascular and Visceral Surgery", section "Inflammation", 2008 – 2010

  • Member of the scientific advisory board of the German Medical Association, since 2008

  • Review board member for the German Research Foundation (DFG), Inflammation section, since 2008

  • Review board member for the DFG, interdisciplinary section for Medical Technology, since 2008

  • President, European Society for Surgical Research, 2007 – 2009

  • Member of the award committee, European Society for Microcirculation, 2006 – 2010

  • 1st vice president, European Society for Surgical Research, 2005

  • 1st chair, German Society for Microcirculation and Vascular Biology, 2005

  • 2nd vice president, European Society for Surgical Research, 2004

  • Vice dean of research and scientific development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Rostock, 2004 – 2006

  • Member of the faculty council, Faculty of Medicine, University of Rostock, since 2003

  • Member of the research commission, Faculty of Medicine, University of Rostock, since 2002

  • Member of various appointments committees, Faculty of Medicine, University of Rostock, since 2002

  • Member of the Habilitation committee, doctoral committee and the library committee, Faculty of Medicine University of Rostock, 2002 – 2004

  • Vice chair of the expert advisory board for the Society of Friends and Patrons of the University Hospital of Homburg, Germany, 2001 – 2002

  • Member of the forum advisory board, German Surgical Society, since 2000

  • Accounts auditor, European Society for Surgical Research, 2000 – 2005

  • Treasurer, surgical research section of the German Surgical Society, 1998 – 2012

  • Member of the executive committee, German Society for Microcirculation and Vascular Biology, 1997 – 2005

  • Member of the extended executive committee, surgical research section of the German Surgical Society, since 1996

Additional qualifications

  • Member of various hiring committees in the Faculty of Medicine

  • Director of the Central Laboratory-Animal Housing facility

  • Vice dean of Research and Scientific Development, 2004 – 2006

  • Member of the faculty council, since 2003

  • Director of the institute, since 2002

  • Member of the research commission in the Faculty of Medicine, since 2002

  • Member of the Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) committee, PhD committee and library committee, Faculty of Medicine, 2002 – 2004

Mentoring activities:

  • WakWin, German Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (DGAI)

  • Novartis Mentoring Programme for surgeons in transplantation medicine

  • CyberMentor programme in STEM fields

  • Mentoring Programme at the University of Greifswald


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • University management


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