Short CV/Education and training

  • 1992 – 1997
    graduate school (Biology) at the Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen, Germany

  • 1996 – 1997
    B.sc. thesis, department of Virology, University of Giessen, Germany, head: Prof. Dr. H.J. Thiel, principal investigator: SE Behrens (now: chair at Institute for Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Martin-Luther-University of Halle)

  • 1997 – 2001
    PhD student at the department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Medical Center, Heinrich-Heine-University of Düsseldorf, Germany, principal investigator: CM Kramm (now: Co-director of University Children's Hospital in Halle/Saale, Germany)

  • 2001
    PhD thesis, University of Düsseldorf, Germany

  • 2001 – 2002
    PhD at the department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Medical Center, Heinrich-Heine University of Düsseldorf, Germany

  • 2002
    Postdoctoral fellowship, Surgery department, Children's Hospital, University of Philadelphia, principal investigator: M Sena-Esteves (now: chair at Neuroscience Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA)

  • 2003 – 2006
    PhD at the Division of Cardiology, Geneva University Hospital, Switzerland, principal investigator: F Mach, chair in Cardiology

  • 2006 – 2013
    Groupleader Division of Cardiology, Geneva University Hospital, Switzerland

  • 2012
    privatdocent, Medical Faculty, University of Geneva

  • since 2013
    Professor (W2) Clinical Pathobiocheminstry, Medical Faculty, LMU München

Selected publications

  • Steffens S et al. (2005). Low dose oral cannabinoid-therapy reduces progression of atherosclerosis in mice. Nature, 434(7034):782-6

  • Steffens S et al. (2006). Short-term treatment with CD3 antibody reduces the development and progression of atherosclerosis in mice. Circulation, 114(18):1977-84

  • Montecucco F et al. (2009). CB2 cannabinoid receptor activation is cardioprotective in a mouse model of ischemia/reperfusion. Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology, 46(5):612-20

  • Montecucco F et al. (2012). The activation of the cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2) is associated with a reduction of atherosclerotic plaque vulnerability in humans and mice. European Heart Journal, 33(7):846-56.

  • Molica F et al. (2013). Endogenous cannabinoid receptor CB1 activation promotes vascular smooth-muscle cell proliferation and neointima formation. Journal of Lipid Research, 2013, 54 :1360-1368

  • Lenglet S et al. (2013). Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase Deficiency Enhances Intraplaque Neutrophil Recruitment in Atherosclerotic Mice. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol 33, 215-223.

  • Horckmans M et al. (2016). Neutrophils orchestrate post-myocardial infarction healing by polarizing macrophages towards a reparative phenotype. European Heart Journal, 2016, ehw002 [Epub ahead of print]

  • Schloss MJ et al. (2016). The time-of-day of myocardial infarction onset affects healing through oscillations in cardiac neutrophil recruitment. EMBO Molecular Medicine, 2016, 8(8):937-48



Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Nucleus Member European Society of Cardiology Working Group Atherosclerosis and Vascular Biology, 2012

    Wissenschaftler des Deutschen Zentrums für Herzkreislaufforschung (DZHK), Standort München ( Munich Heart Alliance)

  • Memberships in Scientific Associations:

  • American Heart Association, American Physiological Society, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kardiologie, Deutscher Hochschulverband, ESC Working Group on Atherosclerosis and Vascular Biology, International Cannabinoid Research Society, Swiss Physiological Society, Swiss Working Group Cardiovascular Research

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • 2 daughters (2005, 2009)


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