Director Prof. Dr. Frank Emmrich
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Director Prof. Dr. Frank Emmrich

The director of the Fraunhofer IZI is Prof. Dr. Frank Emmrich, who is also a professor at the University of Leipzig, where he has headed the Institute of Clinical Immunology and Transfusion Medicine since 1994. This dual position enables the efficient sharing of experience, not to mention the optimal supervision of undergraduate and doctoral dissertations, and provides an excellent basis for cooperation. Both a doctor and an immunologist, Prof. Emmrich spent 13 years as both a researcher and department head at Max Planck Institutes in Freiburg and Erlangen. Over seven of these years he was a professor at the Friedrich Alexander University in Er­langen-Nuremberg.


Education and graduations

  • 1968: Abitur (German High School Diploma) – with honors – at the Thomas-Oberschule (grammar school) in Leipzig
  • 1968–1974:  Student of Human Medicine at the University of Leipzig, 1974 State examination as best graduate (Dipl. med.), 1975 Doctorate in Human Medicine (Dr. med.)
  • 1974–1978: Assistant doctor at the Medical University Hospital in Leipzig
  • 1978–1979: Senior assistant doctor at the research department of the SIFIN State Institute for Immune Preparations and Nutrition Media, Berlin-Weißensee

Professional career

  • 1981: Research associate at the Institute for Immunology and Genetics of the German Cancer Research Center DKFZ in Heidelberg, Emphasis: Anti-idiotypic monoclonal antibodies
  • 1981–1986: Laboratory manager at the Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology in Freiburg (Director: Prof. Eichmann, Cellular Immunology), Emphasis: cell biology, regulation of cell activation
  • 1986: Habilitation at the University of Freiburg/Br. for the special field of Immunology. Conferral of the Venia legendi (right to teach) and appointment as private lecturer, Emphasis: regulation of the human immune response to streptococci A-CHO.
  • 1986–1994: Professor (C3) for Clinical Immunology at the Institute for Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology of the Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen (Dean: Prof. Kalden)
  • 1987–1994: Head of the clinical study group for Rheumatology / Immunology of the Max Planck Society in Erlangen, Emphasis: autoimmunity research and immune therapy
  • since 1994: Professor (C4) for Clinical Immunology, Director of the Institute for Clinical Immunology and Transfusion Medicine of the University of Leipzig, Emphasis: autoimmunity, immune and cell therapy, stem cells and cell technology, therapy development and clinical trials

Current capacities

  • Chairman of the development association »Leipziger Initiative für Biotechnologie e.V.«
  • DGfI representative in the Association of the Scientific Medical Societies in Germany (AWMF)
  • Member of numerous national and international scientific associations
  • since 2005: Head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology (IZI) in Leipzig
  • since 2006: Director of the Translational Center for Regenerative Medicine (TRM) in Leipzig
  • since 2008: Member of the German Ethics Council
  • since 2008: Vice chairman of the Group for Life Sciences of the Fraunhofer Society
  • since 2008: Executive chairman of the Association for the Promotion of Health Economy in the Leipzig region, VFG (Verein zur Förderung der Gesundheitswirtschaft in der Region Leipzig e.V.)
  • since 2010: Executive chairman of the biosaxony e.V.
  • since 2011: Executive chairman of the German Society for Regenerative Medicine (GRM)
  • since 2013: Executive chairman of the German Stem Cell Network (GSCN)