Karsten Rippe

Karsten Rippe
Heidelberg (DEU)


Karsten Rippe leads the Research Group Genome Organization and Function at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the Bioquant Institute in Heidelberg. His group is conducting interdisciplinary research that combines molecular/cell biology and physics to develop quantitative models that describe the relation between chromatin states like heterochromatin, telomeric chromatin and cellular functions.

Karsten Rippe has obtained his academic degrees from the University of Göttingen while working at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and continued his scientific career at the Unviersity of Oregon and the Kirchhoff-Institut für Physik at the University of Heidelberg.

Furthermore, he coordinates several research consortia in the fields of systems biology/medicine. One of them is the CancerTelSys consortium, which works on the identification and characterization of telomere maintenance networks in tumors in order to exploit them for diagnosis, patient stratification, and the development of targeted therapies. There he also became a speaker of the steering commitee of the BMBF e:Med program on systems medicine.

Karsten Rippe received several scientific awards, including the Otto Hahn medal of the Max Planck Society, the European Beckman DNA award and the CSB2 Prize for Systems Biology provided by the Council for Systems Biology in Boston.

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