Ärztlicher / Beruflicher Werdegang

seit 2013

Principal Investigator of the Translational Lung Research Center Heidelberg (TLRC) and the German Center for Lung Research (DZL)

seit 2012

Principal Investigator (PI) of sub-project 7 (Imaging) within ASCONET/COSYCONET


seit 2012

Head of the Section Pulmonary Radiology and Head of the Division Imaging in the Department of Internal Medicine (as part of the Department Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Heidelberg)


seit 2011

Member of the Ethics Committee of the Medical Faculty Kiel


2007 – 2012

Vice Director of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology in Kiel



Associate Professor of the Medical Faculty in Kiel



Head of the radiology section of the 1st Medical Hospital of University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Kiel


2005 – 2006

Project Manager DIRO-Lung as part of the strategic alliance between DKFZ and Siemens Medical Solutions


2005 – 2006

Head of the Emmy-Schmidt-Group „Image guided individual therapy of chest disease“ at the DKFZ, Heidelberg


2005 – 2006

Fellowship in the Department of Radiology at German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) of the Helmholtz-Society (Heidelberg)



Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Radiology



Board certification in „Diagnostic Radiology”



United States Medical License Examinations



German Full License to Practice Medicine


1997 – 2005

Residency and Fellowship at the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at the University Hospital Kiel


1995 – 1996

Neurosurgery at Paracelsus-Klinik Osnabrück


Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang


Thesis: ”Differenzierung der elektrophysiologischen Merkmale cerebellärer Körnerzellen in der Ontogenese: Patch-Clamp-Untersuchungen an Primärkulturen aus Hühnerembryonen” (grade: ”magna cum laude”)


1989 – 1995

Medical School of the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel




Felix-Wankel-Tierschutz-Award 2007 of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

2004 – 2007

Four congress poster prizes awarded to the supervised groups


Inventors Award of the German Radiologic Society for „Artificial Chest for Diagnostic Radiology“

1991 – 1995

Scholarship of Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes

Research Interests

advanced imaging strategies for thoracic diseases with multi-slice detector CT and magnetic resonance imaging for diagnostics and motion-adapted radiotherapy

establishment of Lung MRI in clinical practice

experimental ex-vivo systems for thoracic imaging based on ventilated and perfused porcine lung explants inside a dedicated MR-compatible chest Phantom


1. ASCONET/COSYCONET: Sub-Project 7 (Imaging) ►

2. MRI of the lung at 1.5 and 3 Tesla: Development and clinical implementation of protocols (in collaboration with German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel, University of Würzburg, University of Mannheim, National Jewish Health in Denver, Co. and Siemens Medical Sytems)

3. Non-contrast enhanced and contrast enhanced functional MRI of the lung

4. 4D-CT, 4D-PET-CT and dynamic MRI of respiratory mechanics



German patent No. 101 21 159.7. Künstlicher Thorax.