Short CV/Education and training

  • 2003 – 2004
    Junior professor of Tissue Engineering at MHH

  • 2003 – 2004
    Coordinator of the interdisciplinary Tissue Engineering Network at the Medical University Hannover (MHH)

  • 2001 – 2004
    Authorised officer and director of preclinical research and development at the company ARTISS GmbH, Hannover

  • 1998 – 2004
    Staff researcher and head of the research group Tissue Engineering, Leibniz Research Laboratories for Biotechnology and Artificial Organs (LEBAO), Hannover, Germany

  • 1995 – 1998
    Taught in the areas of genetic engineering/gene therapy and biotechnology

  • 1991 – 1994

  • 1987 – 1988
    Diplom thesis: Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany, in the virus research section; Director Prof. P.H. Hofschneider. Topic: Generation of monoclonal antibodies against coxsackievirus B3 proteins

  • 1982 – 1986
    Studied biology (Diplom degree) at Giessen University, Germany. Diplom examinations in genetics, molecular biology, microbiology, virology

  • 1982
    Attained the General Hochschulreife (higher education entrance qualification), Obere Aar, Germany

Selected publications

  • Mertsching, H. et al.: Generation and transplantation of an autologous vascularized bioartificial human tissue. In: Transplantation 88(2), 2009. pp. 203-210. [IF 5,6].

  • Kallenbach, K. et al.: A Novel Small Animal Model for Accelerated Investigation of Tissue Engineered Aortic Valved Conduits. In: Tissue Engeneering Part C – Methods. 7. April 2009 [Epub ahead of print] [IF: 4,4].

  • Schanz, J. et al.: Experimental tracheal patching using extracellular matrix scaffolds. In: Annals of Thoracic Surgery 87, 2009. pp. 1321-1322; author reply 1322-1323. [IF: 2,0].

  • Mertsching, H., Hansmann, J.: Bioreactor Technology in Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering. In: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology 112, 2009. pp. 29-37. [IF: 3,3].

  • Linke, K. et al.: Engineered vascularised liver tissue for applied research. In: Tissue Engeneering 13, 2007. pp. 2699-2707. [IF: 4,4].

  • Cebotari, S. et al.: Clinical application of tissue engineered human heart valves using autologous progenitor cells. In: Circulation 114(S1), 2006. pp. I132-137. [IF: 10,9].

  • Leyh, R.G. et al.: Tissue engineering of viable pulmonary arteries for surgical correction of congenital heart defects. In: Annals of Thoracic Surgery 81, 2006. pp. 1466-1470. [IF: 2,2].

  • Mertsching, H. et al.: Engineering of a vascularized scaffold for artificial tissue and organ generation. In: Biomaterials 26, 2005. pp. 6610-6617. [IF: 3,1].

  • Walles, T. et al.: Tissue remodelling in a bioartifical fibromuscular patch following transplantation in human. In: Transplantation 80, 2005. pp. 284-285. [IF: 3,6].

  • Schultheiss, D. et al.: Biological vascularized matrix for bladder tissue engineering: matrix preparation, reseeding technique and short-term implantation in a porcine model. In: Journal of Urology 173, 2005. pp. 276-280. [IF: 3,3].

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the management committee of the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology, Stuttgart, Germany

  • Advisory board of the German Society for Regenerative Medicine

  • Bundesverband der Pharmazeutischen Industrie (BPI – German Pharmaceutical Industry Association): Steering Committee: Tissue Engineering, Law and Market Access; Committee: Licensure

  • DECHEMA: Active member of the working committee Medical Biotechnology

Reviewer for:

  • EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), since 2008

  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), since 2007

  • German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), since 2006

  • German National Academic Foundation, since 2006

  • German Research Foundation (DFG), since 2005

Guest reviewer for:

  • Annals of Thoracic Surgery

  • Biomaterials

  • Materials in Medicine

  • Mini Reviews in Medical Chemistry

  • Journal of Materials Science


  • The Open Biomedical Engineering Journal

  • Nature Medicine


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