Council Officer – Economy and Sponsor Group
European Center for Angioscience (ECAS), Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University & German Cancer Research Center Heidelberg, Germany
Hellmut G. Augustin is Professor of Vascular Biology at the Medical Faculty Mannheim of Heidelberg University, Head of the Division for Vascular Oncology and Metastasis Research at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), and Founding Director of the European Center of Angioscience at Heidelberg University, Germany. Trained as a Veterinary Pathologist (Hannover, Germany) and as PhD in Experimental Pathology (Cornell University, USA), he worked previously as Assistant Professor at the University of Göttingen, Germany and as Department Head at the Tumor Biology Center in Freiburg, Germany.
The Augustin laboratory (www.augustinlab.de) studies 1.) the molecular mechanisms of physiological blood vessel formation, assembly, and maturation focusing on angiogenesis regulating receptor tyrosine kinases, most notably on the Angiopoietin-Tie ligand-receptor system as well as on other selected novel candidate molecules, 2.) the mechanisms of organotypic vascular differentiation and angiocrine signaling studying the lung and liver vasculature as prototypic vascular beds, 3.) the molecular mechanisms of tumor progression focusing on tumor-vessel interactions during metastasis, and 4.) translational work aimed at defining the therapeutic window of stromal targeted therapies.