Endowed Professorship for Medical Researcher Christoph Kuppe

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Research on Chronic Kidney Diseases at Uniklinik RWTH Aachen


The Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung now provides funding to support the work of PD Dr. Christoph Kuppe: The physician and medical researcher at Uniklinik RWTH Aachen has been appointed one of three new Else Kröner Clinician Scientist Professors. Kuppe conducts research at the Clinic of Renal and Hypertensive Disorders, Rheumatological and Immunological Diseases headed by Professor Jürgen Floege and at the Institute of Experimental Internal Medicine and Systems Biology headed by Professor Rafael Kramann.

Eligible to apply for Else Kröner Clinician Scientist Professorships are physicians from university hospitals or research institutions providing patient care in Germany. Appointees must have demonstrated excellence in research, patient care, and teaching, undertake research in an innovative area, and be no more than 40 years of age. Each professorship is endowed with up to one million euros and is scheduled to be supported for a maximum of ten years. The endowed professorship has an equal focus on research and patient care.

Pathophysiological Bases of Chronic Kidney Disease

Christoph Kuppe’s research focuses on the pathophysiological bases of chronic kidney disease. His research group develops therapies using patient-centered methods. The team has been generating “maps” of regulatory gene changes for each cell of the kidney to gain a better understanding of pathophysiological changes. Their research will make it easier to predict the course of disease in the future.

The scientist already received several awards for his work. Funded by the German Research Foundation, he has been an Emmy Noether junior research group leader since the end of 2021, for example. He received an ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council in early 2022, the Life Sciences Bridge Award from the Aventis Foundation in September 2022, and the Carl Ludwig Prize from the German Society of Nephrology in November 2022.

Kuppe studied and earned his doctorate at RWTH Aachen University. He then completed a residency at the Clinic for Renal and Hypertensive Diseases, Rheumatological and Immunological Diseases at Uniklinik RWTH Aachen and earned a Master of Health and Business Administration, MHBA, at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. As a postdoctoral researcher, he contributed to several collaborative projects with the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg and at Erasmus University in Rotterdam.


Christoph Kuppe has been awarded an endowed professorship from the Else Kröner Fresenius Stiftung.