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Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Arne Schäfer

Head of Research Group "Molecular Genetics of Oral Inflammatory Diseases"

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Department of Periodontology, Oral Medicine and Oral Surgery
Aßmannshauser Straße 4-6
14197 Berlin

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Head of the Molecular Genetics of Oral Inflammatory Diseases Research Group

Elucidation of the causes of oral inflammatory diseases. Research focus: systematic identification and functional characterization of underlying genetic risk factors and their associations with systemic diseases. Applied Methods:

  • Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and GWAS meta-analyses
  • Epigenome-wide association studies (EWAS)
  • RNA sequencing, exome sequencing, microbiome sequencing
  • Functional molecular biology characterization of non-coding RNAs, regulatory DNA elements, and causative risk alleles (CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, reporter gene assays, Electrophoretic Mobility Shifts [EMSA])

Vita Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Arne Schäfer

Study of Biology, Freie Universität Berlin (semester abroad University of Edinburgh, The King's Buildings, UK).

2005 PhD (Dr. rer. nat.), University of Potsdam (carried out at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam)

2006 - 2015 Postdoc and Junior Research Group Leader at the Institute of Clinical Molecular Biology (Professor Stefan Schreiber, MD), University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel (CAU), (Project Leader within the Clinical Research Group 208 DFG, University of Bonn, Germany),

2013 Habilitation and Venia Legendi for the field of Clinical Molecular Biology, Medical Faculty of CAU Kiel.

Since 2016 Head of the AG Molecular Genetics of Oral Inflammatory Diseases Department of Periodontology, Oral Medicine and Oral Surgery.

2016 Venia Legendi for the Department of Genetics, Charité - University Medicine Berlin

2017 Reputation as University Professor, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

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Prizes and awards

Jaccard Prize - European Federation of Periodontology

Miller Prize - German Society for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Eugen Fröhlich Prize and DGParo meridol Science Prize, German Society of Periodontology e.V.

Young Investigator Award Finalist, European Society of Human Genetics

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