Tobias Keck was born in Nürnberg, Germany, and educated at the University of Erlangen and the University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Erlangen, Nürnberg, Germany and started his residency at the Department of General and Visceral Surgery, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany. After receiving postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA, under supervision of Professor Andrew L. Warshaw, where Keck performed research on pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. He completed his residency at the University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany. In 2004, he became a staff member and pursued his academic career from an Assistant to Associate Professor. At present, he is Vice Chairman of the Department of General and Visceral Surgery, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany, and Director of the International Pancreatic Cancer Center, Freiburg, Germany. His main research activities are currently focused on clinical studies and surgical techniques in pancreatic surgery. Currently, he is running a multicenter trial with 14 academic centers in Germany, comparing pancreatogastrostomy to pancreatojejunostomy. As far as basic research, the main interests of Keck lie in the field of epigenetics in pancreatic cancer and epithelial-mesenchymal transition of pancreatic cancer cells as well as their mechanisms of chemoresistance.
Biography Updated on 10 April 2012