Curriculum vitae

Main Research Areas
  • Immune escape of human pathogenic micro-organisms
  • Infection-associated function of the complement system
  • Genetic susceptibility for infections
Professional Career
Since 2000 Professor for infection biology, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (FSU Jena) 
Since 2000 Head of the department infection biology, Leibniz-Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans-Knöll-Institute Jena
1999 Nontenured professor, University Hamburg
1993 Habilitation in immunology and molecular biology, University Hamburg
1989-2000 Group head at the Bernhard-Nocht-Institute for tropical medicine Hamburg
1989 Visiting associate, Laboratory of Immunoregulation, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
1985-1988 Postdoc, Laboratory of Immunoregulation, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
1984 PhD as Dr. rer. nat., University Bremen
1980-1985 Research assistant, University Bremen
1980 Diploma in biology, University Bremen



Awards · Appointments · Scientific Activities
Since 2009  Member at the editorial board of molecular immunology, frontiers in innate immunity
2009 Excellence award from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie
Since 2008 Representative of the graduate school International Leibniz Research School for Microbial and Biomolecular Interactions (ILRS)
2008 EFIS lecture award of the European Federation of Immunological Societies
Since 2007 Principal investigator of the excellence graduate school Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC)
2007 Heinz Spitzbart award of the European Society for Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ESIDOG)
Since 2006 Principal investigator of the graduate school International Leibniz Research School for Microbial and Biomolecular Interactions (ILRS)
2007-2011 President of the European Complement Network
2005 – 2012 Board member of the European Complement Network
2004 Thuringian research award
Since 2002 Deputy Director of the Leibniz-Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans-Knöll-Institute Jena
Since 2000 Project leader for infection biology, L2
1999-2001 Member at the editorial board of experimental and clinical immunology, thrombosis and haemostasis, section editor molecular immunology
Member of the European Working Party on the Genetics of Complement mediated Kidney Diseases, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie (DGHM), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Immunologie, Gesellschaft für Genetik, Gesellschaft für Nephrologie

Publications

Lang SN, Germerodt S, Glock C, Skerka C, Zipfel PF, Schuster S (2019) Molecular crypsis by pathogenic fungi using human factor H. PLOS One 14(2), e0212187.
Person F, Rinschen MM, Brix SR, Wulf S, Noriega MLM, Fehrle W, Schmitz J, Schwarz A, Ivanyi P, Steinmetz OM, Reinhard L, Hoxha E, Zipfel PF, Bräsen JH, Wiech T (2019) Bevacizumab-associated glomerular microangiopathy. Mod Pathol 32(5), 684-700.
Person F, Zipfel PF, Wiech T (2019) Thrombotische Mikroangiopathie: Was gibt es Neues? Der Nephrologe 14(1), 26-31. (Review)
Röttgerding F, Wagemakers A, Koetsveld J, Fingerle V, Kirschfink M, Hovius JW, Zipfel PF, Wallich R, Kraiczy P (2019) Author Correction: Immune evasion of Borrelia miyamotoi: CbiA, a novel outer surface protein exhibiting complement binding and inactivating properties. Sci Rep 9(1), 7056.
Schaumburg F, Witten A, Flamen A, Stoll M, Alabi AS, Kremsner PG, Löffler B, Zipfel PF, Velavan TP, Peters G (2019) Complement 5a receptor polymorphisms are associated with PVL-positive Staphylococcus aureus colonization in African Pygmies. Clin Infec Dis 68(5), 854-856.
Smith RJH, Appel GB, Blom AM, Cook HT, D’Agati VD, Fakhouri F, Fremeaux-Bacchi V, Józsi M, Kavanagh D, Lambris JD, Noris M, Pickering MC, Remuzzi G, de Córdoba SR, Sethi S, Van der Vlag J, Zipfel PF, Nester CM (2019) C3 glomerulopathy – Understanding a rare complement-driven renal disease. Nat Rev Nephrol 15(3), 129-143. (Review)
Top O, Parsons J, Bohlender LL, Michelfelder S, Kopp P, Busch-Steenberg C, Hoernstein SNW, Zipfel PF, Häffner K, Reski R, Decker EL (2019) Recombinant production of MFHR1, a novel synthetic multitarget complement inhibitor, in moss bioreactors. Front Plant Sc 10, 260.
Walter L, Sürth V, Röttgerding F, Zipfel PF, Fritz-Wolf K, Kraiczy P (2019) Elucidating the immune evasion mechanisms of Borrelia mayonii, the causative agent of lyme disease. Front Immunol 10, 2722.
Yin C, Ackermann S, Ma Z, Mohanta SK, Zhang C, Li Y, Nietzsche S, Westermann M, Peng L, Hu D, Bontha SV, Srikakulapu P, Beer M, Megens RTA, Steffens S, Hildner M, Halder LD, Eckstein HH, Pelisek J, Herms J, Roeber S, Arzberger T, Borodovsky A, Habenicht L, Binder CJ, Weber C, Zipfel PF, Skerka C, Habenicht AJR (2019) ApoE attenuates unresolvable inflammation by complex formation with activated C1q. Nat Med 25(3), 496-506.
Zecher D, Banas B, Büttner-Herold M, Kirschfink M, Zipfel PF (2019) The Case: A 78-year-old woman with acute kidney injury and hemolytic anemia. Kidney Int 95(2), 473-474.