Many hats

Interdisciplinary work requires relationships with many people


Professor (W3) of Biomaterials in Regenerative Medicine at the University Women's Hospital, Ebhart Karls University Tübingen

Deputy Student Dean

Biomedical Technologies at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen

Adjunct Associate Professor

Adjust Associate Professor in the Department of Cardiology at the University of California in Los Angeles

Executive Editor

Executive Editorial Board of the Elsivier journal Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews (IF: 15)

Editorial Board

Tissue Engineering, Scientific Reports, Journal of 3D Printing in Medicine


Katja is strongly focused on mentoring young students that wish to enter the field of biomedical technology

Katja's Story

From Ruhla to Los Angeles and back

Ruhla, Germany

Katja was born in Eisenach, Germany and was raised in the small town of Ruhla by her parents Helmut and Karin.

Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Katja received a master of science (M.Sc.) in biology, psychology and sociology in 2001; and her doctorate degree (Dr. rer. nat.) in biology in 2004 from the Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) Jena, Germany. She worked as a researcher at the Departments of Anatomy (2000-2001) and Cardiothoracic Surgery (2001-2004).

Saban Research Institute

Sha was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Saban Research Institute at the University of Southern California's Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (2004-2005).

University of California in Los Angeles

Katja was a postdoctoral research fellow at the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles UCLA, USA (2005-2008). In 2008 she was appointed as Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Medicine/ Cardiology at UCLA (2008-2009) and is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor.

Fraunhofer IGB Stuttgart

In January 2010, she became the group leader of the Fraunhofer-Attract Group at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB), Dept. of Cell and Tissue Engineering in Stuttgart, Germany and later accepted the position of Department Head. She was Interim Institute Director of the Fraunhofer IGB from 2016 - 2017.

Eberhard Karls University Tübingen

Katja accepted her call as Professor of Biomaterials in Regenerative Medicine at the University Hospital Tübingen UKT in 2011. She coordinates the bachelor "Vital Implants" and master "Implantology" modules in the Biomedical Technologies program. She has recently taken on the position of Deputy Student Dean of Biomedical Technologies.

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LIving in a world of publish or perish
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