Prof Harald F. Krug

Head of Laboratory

Materials-Biology Interaction

Empa - Materials Science and Technology
Lerchenfeldstrasse 5
St. Gallen
PH: +41 (71) 274 72 74
Fax: +41 (71) 274 76 94
Email: [email protected]


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.

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