Lutz Graeve, PhD

Professor Lutz Graeve studied Biology at the University of Hamburg and studied the biogenesis of a viral glycoprotein during his diploma and Ph.D. projects at the Institute of Physiological Chemistry, University Medical Center Eppendorf (UKE) in Hamburg. From 1986-90, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, Cornell University Medical Center, New York, in the group of Enrique Rodriguez-Boulan, studying the biogenesis and sorting of membrane proteins in polarized epithelial cells. In 1990, he returned to his native Germany and joined the lab of Peter C. Heinrich at the Medical Faculty of the RWTH Aachen. There he began to work on interleukin-6 signalling, cellular trafficking of IL-6 type cytokine receptors and regulation of TIMPs by IL-6-type cytokines. He received his venia legendi for Biochemistry in 1995 and was appointed as Professor of Biochemistry of Nutrition at the University of Hohenheim in 2000, where he is still active today. He continued his research in membrane protein biogenesis and sorting, focussing on lipid raft biology. In addition, he works on the anti-tumor and anti-adipogenic activities of plant polyphenols. He is currently Head of the study programs and the examination committee in nutrition and pro dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences. He is an advisory member of the German Nutrition Society (DGE) and Chairman of the Baden-Württemberg section of the DGE.