Christian Wolfrum


Full Professor of the Institute of Food Nutrition and Health at the ETH Zurich.

Full biography

  • Education

    1997 – 2000: Ph.D.-Thesis– Department of Biochemistry, University of Münster
    1996 – 1997: Diploma Thesis – Texas A&M University
    1992 – 1996: Study of Chemistry – University of Münster

  • Employment History

    Since 2017: Full Professor for Translational Nutritional Research – ETH Zürich
    Since 2019: Guest Professor– NUS, Singapore
    2010 – 2016: Associate Professor for Translational Nutritional Research – ETH Zürich
    2008 – 2010: Assistant Professor for Obesity Research – ETH Zürich
    2007 – 2008: Group leader – Institute of Molecular Systems Biology, ETH Zürich
    2000 – 2006: Postdoctoral Research – Rockefeller University, NYC, USA
    1997 – 2000: Ph.D.-Thesis Research –University of Münster

  • Institutional Responsibilities

    Since 2020: Associate Vice President Medicine, ETH
    Since 2017: Dean of Education Medical Curriculum, ETH
    Since 2017: Director ETH-SLA Animal Facility
    Since 2015: Steering Committee member ETH-EPIC Animal Facility
    2013-2019: Member ETH Research Commission
    Since 2012: Dean of Education Health Science and Technologies Curriculum, ETH

  • Supervision

    Postdocs (former and present): R. Deval, T. Dahlby, C. Wu, M. Balaz, L. Balazova, S. Modica, L. Ding, N. Akchiche, D. Lasar, C. Wu, T. Challa, T. Dahlby, A. Sharma, D. Dapito
    PhD students (former and present): F. Long, B. Meissburger, A. Tomaszewska, E. Röder, N. Mrosek, M. Rosenwald, H. Möst, N. Beaton, A. Perdikari, L. Straub, G. Grandl, C. Rudigier, G. Sarker, C. Moser, A. Effymiathou, W. Sun, H. Dong, E. Kuhlenkampff, F. Long, T. Wang, A. Kellenberger

  • Teaching Activities

    Classes: Digital Medicine, Molecular Metabolism, Translational Medical Sciences, Introduction to Nutritional Sciences, Advanced Topics in Nutritional Science, Pathobiochemsitry, Molecular Translational Biomedicine Graduate School Courses, Advanced Anatomy and Physiology, Endocrinology
    Courses: Molecular Biology Practical Course, Rat Anatomy Practical Course, Precision Medicine for Medical Students

  • Companies

    Cofounder of the Glycemicon AG, Cofounder of the Apomach GmbH

  • Board memberships

    Molecular Metabolism – Editor, Biochimica and Biophysica Acta – Editorial Board, PHRT/SPHN – Research Board, HMZ – Steering Committee, Center for Precision Medicine – Research Board, BIU Cluster Ulm – Advisory Board, Helmholtz Diabetes Center Graduate School – Advisory Board, Universita Svizzera Italiana Medical Faculty – Advisory Board

  • Review Activities

    Review activities for journals (selection): Aging Cell, Cell, Cell Metabolism, Cell Reports, Cell Stem Cell, Diabetes, EMBO, EMBO Molecular Medicine, EMBO Reports, ERC (Starting, Consolidator and Advanced), Molecular Metabolism, Nature, Nature Communications, Nature Medicine, Nature Metabolism, Nucleic Acids Research, PLoS Biology, PLoS Genetics, Science, Science Translational Medicine, Science Signaling, Trends in Endocrinology
    Review activities for grant agencies (selection): ERC (Starting, Consolidator and Advanced), SNSF, Dutch Diabetes Foundation, Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft, ANR, Helmholtz Society, Volkswagen Stiftung

  • Societies

    Vice president and president elect of the DGF (German Society of Lipid Research Society (from 2018 - present), Vice president (2016 - 2018) and current president (2018 – present) of the International Conference on the Bioscience of Lipids Society (ICBL)

  • Organization of Conferences

    H.P. Kaufman Tage der DGF, Hamburg (2018) – Main Organizer 58th ICBL, Zürich (2017) – Main Organizer Latsis Symposium on Personalized Medicine, Zürich (2016) – Main Organizer 3rd Swiss-Sino Symposium, Shanghai (2013) – Co Organizer 2nd Swiss-Sino Symposium, Zürich (2011) – Main Organizer

  • Prizes/Awards

    2019: Rank Prize Award Lecture of the Nutrition Society UK
    2014: Max Rösler Award
    2013: Venture Kick Award (with ETH spin-off Glycemicon)
    2012: Spark Award
    2008: ERC Young Investigator Award
    2004: Young Investigators Award of the European Federation for the Science and Technology of Lipids
    2004: Junior Investigator Research Grant by the American Diabetes Association
    2000: H.P. Kaufmann Award “For Young Scientists” of the DGF
    1998: Young Scientist Award from Unilever

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