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Prof. Dr. Klaus von der Mark

Klaus von der Mark is a recognized expert in the extracellular matrix biochemistry. From 1991 to 2008 he held the Chair of Experimental Medicine (connective tissue research) at the Nikolaus Fiebiger Center for Molecular Medicine at the University of Erlangen, where he continues to work on a freelance basis since his retirement. Klaus von der Mark is conducting basic research into cell-matrix interactions and skeletal development. He leads several projects in which he and his team study the molecular mechanisms of cartilage and bone development and cell interactions with biomimetic surfaces.


  • 1987: Habilitation in Physiological Chemistry, LMU Munich
  • 1971 - 1973: Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA
  • 1968 - 1971: Doctoral degree, Max Planck Institute for Protein and Leather Research and LMU Munich
  • 1962 - 1968: Study of Chemistry, LMU Munich

Professional History

  • Since 2008: Freelancer at the Nikolaus Fiebiger Center for Molecular Medicine, Friedrich Alexander University (FAU) Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • 2001 - 2002: Visiting research fellow at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Molecular Genetics, Houston, Texas, USA
  • 1999 - 2002: Executive Director of the Nikolaus Fiebiger Center for Molecular Medicine, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • 1991 - 2008: Full Professor of Experimental Medicine I and Connective Tissue Research. Head of the Institute of Experimental Medicine and Connective Tissue Research, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • 1987 - 1994: Leader of the Clinical Research Unit for Rheumatology of the Max Planck Society at the Institute for Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • 1974 - 1987: Research Associate and Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried

Awards & Honors

  • 2008: Erwin Uehlinger Medal of the Germany Society for Osteology
  • 2002 - 2006: Scientific Advisory Board of the Finnish Academy Sciences
  • 2003 - 2008: Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Inflammatory Research, Münster
  • Since 2001: Scientific Advisory Board of the BCRT, Berlin

Memberships & Editorships

  • German Society for Cell Biology
  • German Connective Tissue Society (2000-2002: President)
  • German Society for Developmental Biology
  • International Society for Matrix Biology
  • Since 1998: Matrix Biology
  • Since 1994: Experimental Cell Research
  • Since 1992: Cell & Tissue Research
  • 1993 - 1996: Journal of Cell Biology
  • Since 1994: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
  • Since 1991: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
  • Since 1989: Journal of Cellular Biology
  • Since 1984: Differentiation

Find out more about Klaus von der Mark's research group at the Nikolaus-Fiebiger-Center for Molecular Medicine at the Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (information in German only).