Prof. Dr. Robert Rieben

Group leader, DBMR Coordinator Murtenstrasse 40, 50 & Eye Clinic

Phone
+41 31 632 96 69
Fax
+41 31 632 75 94
E-Mail
robert.rieben@dbmr.unibe.ch
Office
Mu50 E402
Postal Address
University of Bern
Department for BioMedical Research
Murtenstrasse 50
CH-3008 Bern
Switzerland
Consultation Hour
By agreement

Born on October 9, 1960 in Bern, Switzerland
Swiss citizen
Married with Therese Loder
Daughter Marina Rieben, born 2010

Education / Scientific Career

  • 1988 – 1992: PhD thesis on ABO antibodies at the Central Laboratory of Hematology, University of Bern. Supervisor: Urs Nydegger, MD
  • 1992 – 1994: Postdoc at the laboratory of Prof. Nydegger. Continuation of projects on ABO antibodies as well as supervision of MD and PhD students.
  • 1995 – 1997: Postdoctoral Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation. Department of Nephrology, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands. Supervisor: Mohamed Daha, PhD. Work on xenotransplantation, mainly the use of synthetic antigens and complement inhibitors to prevent hyperacute rejection.
  • 1997 – 2004: Senior Scientist (Oberassistent). Clinic of Cardiology, Bern University Hospital. Projects in the field of heart (xeno-)transplantation, complement inhibition, and myocardial infarction.
  • Feb. 26, 2002: 'Habilitation' (PD Dr. phil. nat.) for immunology with specialization on transplantation immunology.
  • March 1st, 2007: Associate Professor (Prof. Dr. phil. nat.), University of Bern
  • 2007 – 2012: Head of Research, Clinic of Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery, Bern University Hospital
  • since 2005: Senior Scientist and Research Coordinator, Department of Clinical Research, University of Bern. Work on ischemia/reperfusion injury, inflammation and innate immunity in xeno- and allotransplantation, myocardial infarction, and surgery.

Major Research Grants (last 5 years)

  • 2005 – 2010: RISET Project, EU 6th Framework, 290’000
  • 2007 – 2010: SNSF basic research grant (main applicant), 260’000
  • 2011 – 2014: SNSF basic research grant (main applicant), 331’000
  • 2012 – 2014: 3R Research Foundation grant, 89’000
  • 2012 – SNSF: basic research grant (co-applicant), 238’000
  • 2014 – SNSF: basic research grant (main applicant), 499’000
  • 2015 – SNSF: Indo-Swiss JRP grant (main applicant), 250’000
  • 2015 – SNSF: R’Equip grant (co-applicant), 182’000

Membership

  • The Transplantation Society, International Xenotransplantation Association, American Society of Transplantation, Swiss Transplantation Society (Founding Member)
  • European Complement Network (Board Member 2009-2015), International Complement Society
  • Swiss Society for Laboratory Animal Science
  • Swiss Society for Allergology and Immunology, Dutch Society for Immunology
  • Biochemical Association of the University of Bern

Contribution to Scientific Peer-Review

  • Editorial Board: Xenotransplantation, Frontiers in Immunology
  • Journals: American Journal of Transplantation, Transplant Immunology, Transplantation, Xenotransplantation, Molecular Immunology, Immunobiology, Transplant International, Clinical and Experimental Immunology, Swiss Medical Weekly, PLOS One, Glycoconjugate Journal, and others
  • Granting Agencies: Research Framework Program of the European Union, Swiss National Science Foundation, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Medical Research Council UK, National Institutes of Health USA

Teaching / PhD-students / Support of Young Investigators (last 5 years)

  • 2007 – 2011: Pranitha Kamat, PhD in immunology (then postdoc until 11/2102)
  • 2008 – 2015: Yara Banz, MD-PhD, junior group leader (Habilitation, PD Dr. med.)
  • 2009 – 2013: Jana Ortmann, PD Dr. med., group leader (Habilitation, PD Dr. med.)
  • 2009 – 2013: Claudia Dührkop, PhD in Biomedical Sciences
  • 2009 – 2013: Anjan Bongoni, PhD in Biomedical Sciences, Postdoc until 08/2014
  • 2010 – 2011: Marie-Christine Franz, Master in Biomedical Sciences
  • 2010 – 2014: Thusitha Gajanayake, PhD, Postdoc (Hand Surgery)
  • 2011 – 2015 Shengye Zhang, MD-PhD
  • 2013 – 2015: Julie Denoyelle, Master in Life Sciences
  • 2013 –  Mai Abd el Hafez, PhD in Biomedical Sciences
  • 2015 –  Riccardo Sfriso, PhD in Biomedical Sciences
  • 2015 –  Adriano Taddeo, Postdoc (Hand Surgery)
  • 2015 –  Dzhuliya Dzhonova, PhD in Biomedical Sciences