Head of Laboratory
Empa - Materials Science and Technology
St. Gallen, CH-9014
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Professor Harald F. Krug, born in 1952, since 1996 head of the Department of
Molecular and Environmental Toxicology at the Research Centre in Karlsruhe,
Germany, and since 1st of January 2007 appointed as head of "Materials-Biology
Interactions Laboratory" at the Empa (St. Gallen) in Switzerland. He studied
Chemistry and Biology at the University Kassel and made his PhD-Thesis at the
University of Göttingen in 1982 on the Regulation of circadian rhythmicity.
He was postdoctoral stipend at the GSF Research Centre (1983-86) in Munich and
changed his position to be a group leader at the research Centre in Karlsruhe.
At the University of Karlsruhe he got a professorship in 1996 where he had his
teaching activities and is recently appointed as "Titularprofessor"
at the University of Berne since August 2008.
Professor Krug is the speaker of the "NanoCare" consortium (2006-2009),
a cooperation project of 13 industry, research and academic partners which carries
out investigation on the possible adverse biological effects of nanomaterials
funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research. Furthermore, Prof.
Krug is involved in the following research activities: DFG-Centre for functional
Nanomaterials (CFN), German Society for Cell Biology (DGZ), Society of Hygiene,
Environmental and Public Health Sciences - GHUP (formerly: Society for
Hygiene and Environmental Medicine- GHU), Signal Transduction Society (STS),
Environmental Mutagen Society (GUM), German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular
Biology (GBM), DECHEMA Working Group "Responsible production and use of
nanomaterials" (incl. Fachsektion Nanotechnologie), Nano-Embassadors of
the "Deutsches Museum München".
Recently he is appointed as expert for the DFG Ad hoc Working Group on "Nanotoxicology
and Food", the European Project "NanoMedRoundTable", the CNT-Initiative,
funded by the BMBF, and he as a member of the foundation board of the "GEN
SUISSE” foundation and the IANH, the "International Alliance for
NanoEHS Harmonization". Additionally, he is active as reviewer for more
then a dozen of international journals and funding agencies. Furthermore he
is appointed into several working groups of the German Government (BMU) and
the Swiss Government (BAG and BAfU).
Prof. Krug was awarded in 2006 with the cwi-Award of the German Ceramic Society
and in 2007 with the Research Award for "Alternatives for Animal Testing"
of the State Parliament of Baden-Württemberg.
His main interests are focused on the molecular mechanisms of nanoparticles
and the establishing and validation of new cell culture/tissue models for studying
the toxicity of nanomaterials.