Barbara Rehermann, MD
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Elected 2004
Dr. Rehermann is Chief of the Immunology Section, Liver Diseases Branch in the intramural research program of NIDDK, NIH. She received her M.D. and the Venia legendi (Habilitation) for Immunology from Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (Hannover, Germany). In addition to clinical postdoctoral training in the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endocrinology at the same university, she pursued a postdoctoral research fellowship at The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA and then directed her own laboratory as an independently funded investigator at Medizinische Hochschule Hannover before moving to the National Institutes of Health. Her research interests are the immunobiology and pathogenesis of viral and autoimmune hepatitis. In particular, her laboratory studies the role of innate and adaptive immune responses in viral clearance and disease pathogenesis using multidisciplinary approaches that include research with samples from infected patients, animal models and in vitro models of virus-host cell interaction. Her work was honored with national and international awards such as the Pettenkofer Research Award in 1997, the NIH Bench-to-Bedside Award in 2002 and the Loeffler-Frosch Award of the German Society for Virology in 2005. Dr. Rehermann is currently Associated Editor of the Journal of Immunology and served on the editorial board of the journals Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Journal of Infectious Diseases and Journal of Hepatology. She is an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Journal of Experimental Medicine, Nature Medicine, Science, Immunity and others and has served as an ad hoc reviewer on NIH study sections and on national and international research committees. Dr. Rehermann is a member of the ASCI, AASLD, AAI and ASM and has trained more than 15 postdoctoral fellows and students many of whom continued academic careers as physician scientists in the US, Germany, Japan and Korea.