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Prof. Dr. Michael Sittinger

Michael Sittinger is one of the early pioneers in the field of tissue engineering. He has been conducting research into bone and cartilage replacements for over 20 years, using human cell cultures for his experiments. His three-dimensional matrix-supported cell transplants were first applied in patients in clinical studies in 2001. These cell-based products are now on the market and are being used successfully to treat cartilage and bone defects. Currently, Michael Sittinger and his team are looking into how certain "attractants" can stimulate the body's own stem cells to regenerate cartilage and other tissues. In addition to his work at the Charité, Michael Sittinger has founded several companies engaged in the development and commercialization of tissue engineering products.


  • 1999: Qualified to teach Experimental Medicine
  • 1998: Habilitation in Experimental Medicine, Charité, Humboldt University Berlin
  • 1991-94: Doctoral degree, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Institute for Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology and University of Regensburg, Institute for Anatomy
  • 1989-91: Diploma thesis at University of Regensburg, Institute for Pharmacy
  • 1988-89: University of Colorado, Department of Cellular and Developmental Biology
  • 1985-88: Study of Biology, University of Regensburg
  • 1978-81: Training as a power plant electrician

Professional History

  • Since 2006: Head of Translational Technologies, BCRT, Berlin
  • Since 1999: Head of the Charité Laboratory for Tissue Engineering, Berlin
  • 2000-03: Director of Research & Development, BioTissue Technologies/TransTissue GmbH, Freiburg i.B./Berlin
  • 1997-99: Leader of the Tissue Engineering Research Group at the German Rheumatology Research Center, Berlin
  • 1994-96: Research associate, Charité, Humboldt University Berlin

Memberships & Editorships

  • TERMIS-EU Tissue Engineering International & Regenerative Medicine Society (2006-10: Deputy Chairman)
  • German Rheumatology Society
  • Germany Society for Regenerative Medicine
  • Germany Society for Matrix Biolog