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Hans studied biochemistry at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, and moved to the field of human genetics for his PhD studies. He obtained a PhD for a project exploring the genetic basis of a group of monogenic skin diseases, which is a major research interest until today. He continued working on disorders of keratinisation with Prof. A. Reis (then Institute of Human Genetics, Charité Berlin) and Prof. I. Leigh (then Imperial Cancer Reasearch Fund, London) before moving to the Gene Mapping Center (director Prof. A. Reis) at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin.

In 2005 he was appointed Junior Research Group leader at the University of Cologne and has been head of the Division of Dermatogenetics at the Cologne Center for Genomics (director Prof. P. Nürnberg), and he is affiliated with the University of Cologne until today, to oversee research projects and deliver lectures at the Faculty of Medicine. He completed the habilitation and was awarded the venia legendi in 2012. He has been principal investigator at the Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne and the Cologne Cluster of Excellence on Cellular Stress Responses in Aging-Associated Diseases and established several collaborative research initiatives. He is a board member of the Network for Ichthyoses and Related Keratinisation Disorders (NIRK) and coordinator of the Network on Rare Congenital Skin Diseases (SkinDev) funded by European Research Agencies. From 2013 he was involved in teaching, research and diagnostics of genetic skin diseases at the Institute of Human Genetics of the Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria, and joined the University of Huddersfield in 2015 as a Reader in Biological Sciences. 

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Diseases associated with impaired epidermal barrier function and disturbance of epidermal differentiation
  • The function and diseases of the dermal connective tissue
  • Biology of epidermal keratinocytes
  • Genetic skin diseases

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Research Expertise and Interests

  • keratinocytes
  • genodermatosis
  • epidermal barrier
  • epidermal differentiation
  • epidermal ceramides
  • connective tissue
  • skin genetics
  • skin modelling
  • organotypic tissue culture
  • protein replacement
  • medical genetics
  • medical genomics
  • translational research


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