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EFRAIM members Marburg:

Philipps-University of Marburg, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Molecular Diagnostics

PI: Prof. Dr. med. Harald Renz
University of Marburg, Germany

Prof. Dr.  Harald Renz

Harald Renz is Professor of Laboratory Medicine at the Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany. He is sub-specialized in Clinical Immunology and Allergology. He is Head of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Molecular Diagnostics of the University Hospital Marburg.   

Harald Renz was resident in Pediatrics (1986-1988); resident in Laboratory Medicine (1988-1995); senior attendant in Laboratory Medicine (1995-1999; University Hospital Charité Berlin), Subspecialty training in Clinical Immunology and Allergology (1988-1995; Marburg, Denver, Berlin).

His work on disease-related animal models has let to the development of mouse models for various disease-related phenotypes (including acute and chronic airway inflammation, airway remodelling, perinatal immune-development. 

He has further developed the concept of neuro-immune interaction in bronchial asthma and atopic dermatitis and is currently involved in the translation of the hygiene hypothesis from epidemiology to mechanism. He has published more than 200 original articles in peer-reviewed international Journals, has contributed with 87 review articles and editorials and has edited 44 book chapters. His cumulative Journal Impact Factor is 970 for October 2009.

 He is participating as an active member in several national and international scientific societies including AAAAI, EAACI, ERS and the German Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (DGAKI). He is current General Secretary of the DGAKI.

Project manager: Dr. Dr. Petra Ina Pfefferle
University of Marburg, Germany

Petra Pfefferle studied biology and chemistry at the University of Hanover and finished her PhD thesis in Microbiology in 1987. In the nineties she works as a project leader in the group of Alexander Krämer at the School of Public Health, University of Bielefeld and finished her postgraduate training in Public Health and Epidemiology with a PhD Thesis in Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases. From 2002 to 2005 she worked as a professor for Biology and Public Health at the University of Applied Science at Bielefeld. Since 2005 she is the scientific coordinator of the national collaboration centre Transregio 22 “Allergic responses of the lung”. In 2007, she joined the PASTURE/EFRAIM-group, since than she is responsible for the central determination of immunological parameters obtained from study cohort.

Post Doc:
Dr. rer. nat. Gabriele Köllisch
University of Marburg, Germany

Post Doc:
Stephanie Brand
University of Marburg, Germany

Ph.D. student:
Christian Böcking
University of Marburg, Germany

Technical assistant:
Lydia Lerch