Prof. Friedemann Kiefer

Council Officer – Publication Highlight Group


European Institute for Molecular Imaging (EIMI)

University of Münster, Germany.


Friedemann Kiefer is Professor for Intravital Molecular Imaging at the European Institute for Molecular Imaging (EIMI) at the WWU, Münster. After his training in Biochemistry and Physiological Chemistry (Tübingen), he obtained his PhD from the I.M.P. Vienna and the University of Tübingen. He subsequently was a post-doctoral fellow at the Ontario Cancer Institute and Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute (Toronto, Canada). Returning from Canada he joined the MPI for Physiological and Clinical Research (Bad Nauheim, Germany) and subsequently moved to Münster, were he headed the Mammalian Cell Signaling Group, at the MPI for Molecular Biomedicine from 2002 to 2017. Since August 2017, he is a director at the EIMI.

Mission statement

At the EIMI our group continues to focus on morphogenetic processes that shape and maintain the vascular systems, especially during the tissue specific development and function of lymphatic vessels. More recently besides developmental processes, we have turned to physiological and pathophysiological processes during adult life, in particular inflammation, where the interplay of blood and lymphatic vessels, tissue oxygenation and leukocytes is crucial for the maintenance of organ function.