Jürgen Bernhagen

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany


Jürgen Bernhagen serves as a Full Professor and Chair of Vascular Biology at Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU), Munich, Germany, and Principal Investigator at the Institute for Stroke and Dementia Research (ISD), Munich, Germany. He is a biochemist and immunologist by training, who obtained his Diploma (M.S.) and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany, and the Picower Institute for Medical Research, Manhasset, NY, USA. He previously held positions in basic and applied biomedical research as a Postdoc and Senior Scientist at the same institute, where he worked with Professors Richard Bucala and Anthony Cerami, and as a Group Leader and Department Head at the University of Stuttgart and the Fraunhofer Institute in Stuttgart, Germany. He worked as a Full Professor of biochemistry at RWTH Aachen University between 2002 and 2015, where he headed the Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology. Dr. Bernhagen (re)discovered MIF proteins, showing that they are central players in inflammatory pathologies, and identified the MIF/chemokine receptor axis as a driving force of atherosclerotic disease. His research at LMU centers around the molecular and cellular mechanisms driving inflammation and cardiovascular disease with a focus on cytokines, chemokines, MIF proteins, their receptors, and cellular signaling platforms such as the COP9 signalosome. He has published over 175 papers in this area, including high-ranking publications in Nature, Nature Medicine, PNAS, Circulation, Cell, and Science Translational Medicine. Bernhagen has a Hirsch index of 54 (WoS) or 64 (Google Scholar) and his works have been cited more than 12500 times and flanked by numerous patents. He received the Paul-Martini Award for Pharmacological Medicine and numerous fellowships and serves on several boards. His research has been funded by several foundations including Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the SyNergy Excellence Cluster, and the Munich Heart Alliance.

Biography Updated on 24 April 2018

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