Short CV/Education and training

Current positions

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    University professor for life at Charité Universitätsmedizin in Berlin, Germany

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    Managing senior consultant and deputy to the Acting Director of the Division of Nephrology and Internal Intensive Care Medicine at the Charité Campus Virchow-Klinikum, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

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    Director of the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH)–Charité Clinical Scientist Programme (80 Fellows currently)

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    Head of the nephrology research lab at the Charité Campus Virchow-Klinikum (CVK); our research focus is on transplantation and endogenous regeneration

Education and academic career

  • 1988 – 1993
    Studied medicine at the University of Zagreb, Croatia

  • 1993 – 1995
    Junior doctor at the "Rebro" University Hospital, Zagreb

  • 1995
    Licence to practise medicine

  • 1995 – 1997
    Dissertation at the Max Delbrück Centre for Molecular Medicine (MDC), Berlin, Prof. Dr. Hermann Haller

  • 1998
    Doctorate at Humboldt University, Berlin; dissertation topic: Gene therapy in ischemia/reperfusion-induced acute renal failure Grade: "summa cum laude"

  • 1998 – 1999
    Research fellow in the Department of Immunology and Organ Transplantation under Prof. Barry Kahan, University of Texas, Houston, USA

  • 1999 – 2005
    Junior doctor, Division of Nephrology, Campus Charité Mitte (CCM), Prof. Dr. Hans-H. Neumayer, Berlin, and in the Franz Volhard-Klinik, Charité Campus Buch, Department of Hypertension and Nephrology, Prof. Dr. Friedrich C. Luft, Berlin

  • 2002
    Appointed assistant professor (Juniorprofessorin) of nephrology with a research focus on transplantation medicine, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

  • 2002 – 2007
    Assistant professor at Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, positive interim evaluation in 2005

  • 2005
    Specialist in internal medicine

  • 2005 – 2006
    Senior consultant in the Division of Nephrology, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin (CCM), Prof. Dr. Hans-H. Neumayer; deputy director of the transplantation outpatient clinic

  • 2006 – 2011
    Senior consultant in the Division of Nephrology and Internal Intensive Care Medicine (CVK), Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Frei

  • 2007
    Appointed professor (W2) of nephrology with a research focus on experimental transplantation medicine, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

  • since 2008
    University professor for life at Charité Universitätsmedizin in Berlin, Germany

  • 2009
    Specialisation in nephrology

  • Since 2012
    Managing senior consultant and deputy to the Acting Director, Prof. Dr. A. Jörres, of the Division of Nephrology and Internal Intensive Care Medicine at the Charité Campus Virchow-Klinikum, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin 2 nephrology units, 2 critical care units, dialysis unit, interdisciplinary transplant unit (85 beds in total)

Selected publications

Selected projects

  • Research Unit FOR 1054, German Research Foundation (DFG) – DR 498/1-1, "Sex specific mechanisms in myocardial hypertrophy", PI for subproject TP02 "Sex differences in adaptive and maladaptive myocardial hypertrophy – role of the Akt/mTOR pathway", 2008 – 2011

  • SysKID – "Systems biology towards novel chronic kidney disease diagnosis and treatment", consortium member, PI for P13-CHARITE "Mesenchymal progenitors and mTOR", 2010 – 2014

  • Charité Clinical Scientist pilot project, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and the foundation Stiftung Charité, co-founder and director, 2011 – 2014

  • FOR 1054, DFG – DR 498/1-2, "Sex specific mechanisms in myocardial hypertrophy", PI for subproject TP02 "Sex specific functions of mTORC1 and mTORC2 in cardiac hypertrophy", 2011 – 2014

  • FOR 1368, DFG – DR 498/2-1, "Hemodynamic Mechanisms of Acute Kidney Injury", PI for subproject TP05 "Cytochrome P450-dependent vasoactive metabolites as mediators and targets of ischemic acute kidney injury", 2011 – 2014

  • Volkswagen Foundation's funding initiative "Experiment!", project: "Does the translational apparatus wear a molecular gender?", 2014 – 2016

  • FOR 1368, DFG – DR 498/2-2, "Hemodynamic Mechanisms of Acute Kidney Injury", PI for subproject TP05 "EET-induced mechanisms of protection in acute kidney injury", 2014 – 2017

  • Berlin Institute of Health (BIH)-Charité Clinical Scientist Programme, funded by the BIH and the foundation Stiftung Charité, director, 2014 – 2018.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Functions and membership in specialist societies

  • Advisory board to the German Transplantation Society (DTG)

  • "Competence Team Transplantation" of the German Nephrology Society (DGfN)

  • American Society of Transplantation (AST)

  • Berlin-Brandenburg Nephrology Society (BBGN)

  • German Society of Internal Medicine (DGIM)

  • German Nephrology Society (DGfN)

  • German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (DHV)

  • German Transplantation Society (DTG)

  • European Society of Organ Transplantation (ESOT)

Editorial Boards

  • Transplantation, Gender Medicine, until 2014

  • Reviewer for scientific journal and societies (partial list, more than 3 reviews per year): American Journal of Transplantation, Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, Hypertension, Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, New England Journal of Medicine, JASN, Transplantation, Stem Cells

  • German Transplantation Society (DTG), German Nephrology Society (DGfN), European Society of Organ Transplantation, American Society of Transplantation, American Society of Nephrology, European Renal Association (reviewing abstracts for conferences), The Transplant Society

Active in university internal administration

  • Member of the Faculty Board for Academic Qualifications and the Faculty Board for Staff Development, since 2015

  • Equal Opportunity working group at the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH), since 2015

  • Member of the BIH Scientific Committee, since 2015

  • Deputy chairperson of the committee for the advancement of young researchers and continuing education, since 2009

  • Representative of the Charité on the selections committee for the Tiburtius Prize (Preis der Berliner Hochschulen), 2009 – 2014

  • Alternate member of the faculty council, 2008 – 2013

  • Advisory board of the mentoring programme for those preparing for the Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification), 2007 – 2010

  • Spokesperson for the group "Young Charité", 2006 – 2010

  • Member of the committee for the advancement of women, 2005 – 2008

  • Chair of the review committee for the Rahel Hirsch Habilitation Fellowship, since 2005

  • Founding member of the group "Young Charité", 2005 – 2006

  • Member of the committee for the advancement of young researchers, since 2002

Additional qualifications

  • More than 115 papers and book chapters published

  • Organisational work on national congresses in the fields of nephrology and transplantation medicine

  • Reviewer for national and international funding organisations, scientific journals and academic institutions

  • Mentor in various programmes for the advancement of young researchers


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