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Prof. Dr. Georg N. Duda

Georg Duda is an engineer and one of the three founding directors of the BCRT. Since 2008, he is also Director of the Julius Wolff Institute for Biomechanics and Musculoskeletal Regeneration at the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Georg Duda is fascinated by the interplay between biology and mechanics that essentially defines tissue formation in organogenesis and healing. Starting from an understanding of how loading acts on joints and muscles and the mechanical stresses that result, Georg Duda and his team are working on the development of implants for joint replacement and fracture repair. By studying the interaction between mechanically loaded tissue matrices and cell behavior they have managed to derive principles for bone and cartilage regeneration, which can provide a basis for new therapy concepts. More recently, Georg Duda has expanded his research portfolio to include studies on the understanding of cellular aging and mechanotransduction as well as on inflammation as key element of the regenerative cascade in bone and muscle healing. He aims to unravel the basis mechanisms of early inflammation as a key to allow an early stratification of patients with healing disorders and subsequent personalized therapies by means of pluripotent cells and customized scaffolds strategies.



  • 2001: Habilitation, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • 1996: PhD, Technical University Hamburg-Harburg and Mayo Clinic, Rochester/MN, USA
  • 1985-91: Study of Precision Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, Technical University Berlin


Professional History

  • Since 2008: Director of the Julius Wolff Institute, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Since 2007: Full Professor (W3) "Biomechanics and Biology of Musculoskeletal Regeneration", Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Since 2007: Spokesperson, Berlin-Brandenburg School for Regenerative Therapies (BSRT) of the German Research Foundation (DFG, GSC 203)
  • 2007-11: Spokesperson, SFB 720 "Biomechanics and Biology of Musculoskeletal Regeneration" of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • Since 2006: Deputy Director, BCRT
  • Since 2006: Founding Member of the Board of Directors, Center for Sports Science and Sports Medicine Berlin (CSSB)
  • 2002: C3 professorship in the DFG funded clinical research group "KFO 102 Biomechanics and Biology of Bone Healing", Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • 1997-08: Head of the research laboratory of the Center for Musculoskeletal Surgery of the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • 1995-97: Research Associate, Department of Trauma Research and Biomechanics, University of Ulm
  • 1994: Visiting Researcher, Biomechanics Lab, Johns Hopkin's University, Baltimore/MD, USA
  • 1992-95: Research Associate, Institute of Biomechanics, Technical University Hamburg-Harburg
  • 1991-92: Special Project Associate, Biomechanics Laboratory, Mayo Clinic, Rochester/MN, USA


Awards & Honors

  • 2013: Election as first international member of the Wyss Associate Faculty, Harvard Boston
  • 2013: Member of the Senatskommission SGKF of the German Science Foundation (DFG)
  • 2002: S. M. Perren Award, European Society of Biomechanics
  • 2001: Gisela Sturm Award, Schulthess Clinic
  • 2000: Clinical Biomechanics Award, European Society of Biomechanics
  • 2000: Basic Science Award, Orthopaedic Research Society
  • 1991-92: Doctoral scholarships by the Cusanuswerk, the DAAD and the Mayo Foundation



  • 2013: Elected to the Science Translational Medicine Advisory Board
  • 2013: Member of the Basic Science Board of the EFFORT
  • Member of the Advisory Board, Regenerative Medicine Initiative Berlin-Brandenburg
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Tissue Engineering & European Orthopaedics and Traumatolog