Short CV/Education and training

  • 1975 – 1978
    Studied chemistry and biology at Ulm University, Germany

  • 1978 – 1983
    Hiatus from studies: five years of parental leave

  • 1983 – 1987
    Studied biology at Ulm University; concentrations: biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics

  • 1987
    Diplom degree in biology

  • 1988 – 1991
    Research assistant in the Department of Internal Medicine, Ulm University

  • 1991
    Doctor of Biological Anthropology in the field of clinical immunology, Department of Internal Medicine, Ulm University; excellent doctoral thesis award

  • 1992
    Visiting researcher in the Microbiology, Immunology and Medicine Department at the Hormone Research Institute, University of California, San Francisco, USA

  • 1993 – 1998
    Research associate, Department of Internal Medicine, Ulm University

  • 1995
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in the field of experimental medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at Ulm University

  • Since 1998
    Director of the experimental orthopaedics section at the Heidelberg University Orthopaedic Hospital, Germany

  • 2004
    C3 professor of experimental orthopaedics, Heidelberg University

Selected publications

  • Geiger, F. et al.: VEGF producing Bone Marrow Stromal Cells (BMSC) enhance vascularization and resorption of a natural coral bone substitute. In: Bone 41, 2007. S. 516-522.

  • Pelttari, K. et al.: Secretion of MMP3 by expanded articular chondrocytes predicts ectopic cartilage formation capacity in vivo. In: Arthritis Rheum 58(2), 2008. S. 467-474.

  • Kasten, P. et al.: Two point mutations in GDF-5 enhance ectopic bone formation in a ß-tricalciumphoyphate scaffold. In: Biomaterials 31, 2010. S. 3878-3884.


Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the review board for the German Research Foundation (DFG) in the field of orthopaedics and trauma surgery, 2008 – 20012

  • Member of the German Ministry of Education and Research Road-Map Initiative for Musculoskeletal Research, 2007

  • President of the Basic Research Section, German Society for Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Surgery, 2005 – 2010

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