Steffen Koschmieder was born in Mettmann, Germany. He received his medical training at universities in Bochum, Mainz (Germany), Dijon (France; European Union scholarship), and Houston, and Salt Lake City (USA; German Academic Exchange Program scholarship). He received his Doctoral degree from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Mainz, Germany, for his work on the prognostic value of slow pathway evoked potentials in an experimental stroke model. From 1997 to 2002, he was a resident physician in the Department of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology) at the Goethe University Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany, where he began to work on normal and malignant hematopoiesis. From 2002 to 2004, he extended his knowledge and technical skills during a postdoctoral fellowship sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG), in the laboratory of Professor Daniel Tenen at the Harvard Institutes of Medicine in Boston, Mass, USA. There, his interest became focused on normal and leukemic stem cells as well as on inducible transgenic models of disease. Upon returning to Germany in 2004, Dr. Koschmieder joined the Department of Medicine (Hematology/Oncology) at the University of Münster, Münster, Germany, where he became board-certified in internal medicine and hematology/oncology and earned his Habilitation degree for his work on the molecular control of gene regulation in myeloid leukemias. In 2011, he moved to the RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany, where he is currently Professor for translational hematology and oncology, Attending Physician, and Head of the Clinical Hematology Laboratory. His research group focuses on mechanisms of differentiation and survival of normal and leukemic stem cells and how these cells are affected by oncogenes and transcription factors. He is a Member of The American Society of Hematology (ASH), the German Society for Hematology and Oncology (DGHO), and the German Society for Internal Medicine (DGIM). For his work, he was awarded the 2005 Proscientia prize for basic research as well as the 2008 Young Investigator Award of the University of Münster.
Biography Updated on 25 December 2011