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Christian Wolfrum

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


Full biography

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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Christian WolfrumFull Professor of the Institute of Food Nutrition and Health at the ETH Zurich