Thomas Willnow

Thomas' scientific work in one sentence

I investigate the importance of the systemic metabolism for brain development, function and disease.

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Short CV

University Studies: Diploma in Biology, 1988, Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität München
PhD: Biochemistry, 1991, Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität München
Current Position: Full professor in Molecular Cardiovascular Research, Charité – University Medicine Berlin
Senior Group Leader, Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin
Full Professor in Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Aarhus University

What is - in your opinion - your best publication?

Andersen et al., Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2005 Sep 20;102(38):13461-6. Epub 2005 Sep 7
"Neuronal sorting protein-related receptor sorLA/LR11 regulates processing of the amyloid precursor protein."

What are your most important prizes and memberships?

Heinrich Wieland Prize for Lipid Research
Award of the German Society for Nephrology
Honorary doctorate of the University of Aarhus

Society for Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

5 questions about research - past, present, future

1. What are your primary tasks and responsibilities in your actual position?
To conduct research and to coordinate strategic research efforts in my current affiliations.

2. What is it that gives you pleasure and/or satisfaction the most?
Solving challenging scientific problems.

3. Which research question(s) affects you at the moment? What is its social significance?
My current efforts are dedicated to elucidating the metabolic basis of Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia in the elderly.

4. Which publication influenced you the most?
Cannot really single out one particular publication.

5. What do you like most about AMPro? What are your particular plans within the collaboration?
I cherish the possibility to collaborate with experts in the field of metabolism and stem cell research who provide important conceptual input for my work.