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Prof. Dr. med. Johannes Backs

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Prof. Dr. med. Johannes Backs


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Professional Degrees

2019                    Appointment as Full University Professor (Heidelberg University)
2013

Appointment as Full Professor and DZHK Professor (Medical Faculty, Heidelberg University)

2002 Doctor of Medicine (Dept. of Cardiology, Heidelberg University), “summa cum laude”
Professional Career
Since 2019 Director of the Institute of Experimental Cardiology, Heidelberg University
2015 – 2019 Director of the Dept. of Molecular Cardiology and Epigenetics, Heidelberg University
2013 – 2015 Associate Professor and Head of the Section of Cardiac Epigenetics in the Dept. of Cardiology, Heidelberg University
2007 – 2013 Emmy Noether Junior Research Group Leader of the DFG, Dept. of Cardiology, Heidelberg University
2007 – 2008 Clinical Resident, Dept. of Cardiology (Director: Prof. H.A. Katus), Heidelberg, Germany
2006 – 2007

Instructor in the lab of Prof. Eric Olson in the Dept. of Molecular Biology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, USA

2003 – 2006 Postdoctoral fellow of the DFG (Supervisor: Dr. Eric N. Olson, Dept. Molecular Biology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, USA)
1998 – 2003 Clinical Resident, Dept. of Cardiology (Director: Profs. W. Kübler and H.A. Katus, Heidelberg University)
1991 – 1998

Medical School, Universities of Gießen, Heidelberg and Freiburg

1990 – 1991 School of Biology, University of Bochum
Awards
2017 Arthur-Weber Award from the German Cardiac Society (DGK)
2016 Outstanding Investigator Award from the International Society of Heart Research (ISHR)
2015 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science (CBCS) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)
2015 Outstanding Early Investigator Award from the Basic Cardiovascular Science Council (BCVS) of the American Heart Association (AHA)
2011 Klaus-Georg-und-Sigrid-Hengstberger Research Award from the DGK
2010 Franz-Maximilian-Groedel Research Award from the DGK
2007 Emmy Noether Research Award from the German Research Foundation (DFG)

Coordinative roles

Since 2019 Speaker of the DZHK partner site Heidelberg/Mannheim
Since 2019 Vice Speaker of the program committee of the German Cardiac Society (DGK)
Since 2019 Elected Vice Chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Epigenetic Regulation of Cardiovascular Disease in 2021 and Chair in 2023
Since 2017 Associate Editor of the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology (JMCC)
2017 Organizer of DZHK Symposium “Metabolism and Cardiovascular Disease” in Heidelberg
Since 2016 Board Member of the Heart Failure Association (HFA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)
Since 2016 At-Large Council Member der International Society of Heart Research
2015 – 2017

Board Member of the German Cardiac Society (DGK)

2015 – 2017 Spokesman of the Committee for “Experimental Cardiology“ of the German Cardiac Society (DGK)
2013 – 2015 Spokesman of the Working Group 8 „Genetics and Molecular Biology of Cardiovascular Disease” (DGK)
Since 2013 Member of the Research Coordinating Committee (RCC) of the German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK), Berlin, Germany
2005 – 2008 Consultant für Myogen Discovery Research / Gilead, Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A

Current Third Party Funding

  German Research Foundation (DFG)
2019-2022 BA 2258/9-1: CaMKII-dependent mechanisms of RBM20 cardiomyopathy
2018-2022 SFB 1118 (B03): Epigenetic regulation of adaptive and maladaptive effects through O-GlcNAc-Modificationen in the diabetic heart
  German Center of Cardiovascular Research (DZHK)
2019-2021 Translational research project: Hit-to-lead development of CaMKII-HDAC4 inhibitory compounds to treat heart failure
2019-2020 DZHK partner site project (HD-BA-2): Molecular mechanisms of cardiomyopathies
2017-2019 DZHK shared expertise (B17-031): Epigenetic control of endothelial phenotype and atherosclerosis in response to atherogenic blood flow
2018-2019 DZHK shared expertise (B18-008): Contribution of skeletal muscle to inflammation-induced heart failure
2017-2020 DZHK shared expertise (B17-017): EP3 receptor-dependent epigenetic pathways in septic cardiomyopathy