Retreat des TRR 305 in Wertach / Allgäu
Gerhard Christofori studied Biology at the University of Heidelberg and obtained his PhD in 1988 in the laboratory of Walter Keller at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg. He did postdoctoral training with Douglas Hanahan at the University of California San Francisco, where he began to study the molecular mechanisms of multistage tumor development in transgenic mouse models.
In 1994 he became a Group Leader at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna.
Since 2001 he is Professor and Chair of Biochemistry within the Department of Biomedicine at the University of Basel. His laboratory uses cultured cancer cell lines in vitro and refined transgenic mouse models of carcinogenesis in vivo to unravel the molecular mechanisms underlying malignant tumor progression and metastasis formation.