Prof. Dr. Theo Wallimann
Retired Adjunct Professor
Retired Adjunct Professor at the Department of Biology|
Past Research concentrated on the area of: “Energy homeostasis in cells, tissues and organs"
Theo A. Wallimann worked as a research group leader and staff member at the Institute of Cell Biology at the ETH Zurich, where he qualified as a lecturer (with habilitation: http://e-collection.library.ethz.ch/view/eth:1690) in 1984 and was awarded the title of Professor in 1994. Prof. Theo Wallimann was head of the Institute of Cell Biology in 1995 and Deputy Head in 1996. He resigned from his post in June 2008 and since then, is still active as Prof.emeritus.
Born on October 13, 1946 in Alpnach, OW, near Lucerne, Theo Wallimann studied at the Biology Department of the ETH Zurich, where his PhD dissertation (http://e-collection.library.ethz.ch/view/eth:21729) in the laboratory of Prof. Hans M. Eppenberger was awarded with distinction and the ETH medal in 1975. Supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Muscular Dystrophy Association, U.S.A., Dr. Theo Wallimann then worked from 1975 - 1981 as a postdoctoral research associate with Prof. A.G.Szent-Györgyi in the Biology Dept. at Brandeis University in Boston, Mass.,U.S.A. on the subject of "myosin-linked calcium regulation of muscle contraction". In 1981, he took up teaching and research as a senior assistant at the Institute of Cell Biology of the ETH Zurich in the areas of muscle biochemistry, bioenergetics and molecular physiology of Creatine Kinases (CK).
The main emphasis of Prof. Wallimann's multidisciplinary research was on the ultrastructural localization, molecular structure and physiological function of creatine kinase (CK), creatine transporter (CRT) and AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) isoenzymes in cells with high and fluctuating energy requirements, e.g. skeletal and heart muscle, nerve cells, photoreceptors, electrocytes and spermatozoa. The involvement of CK, CRT and AMPK in a number of diseases and the question of whether these enzymes may represent valid targets for pharmacological intervention have been explored. Creatine (Kreatin) metabolism, creatine uptake via CRT as well as creatine supplementation in health and disease were investigated and research on the structure, function and regulation of CRT and AMPK with respect to their key regulatory roles in cellular energy metabolism represented a new line of research.
Further details can be seen in the Review: "The creatine kinase system and pleiotropic effects of creatine" published in Amino Acids 2011, 40(5):1271-96 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00726-011-0877-3)
A broad network of international collaborations has been established and a number of publications on the above subjects have been published.
Prof. Theo Wallimann organized together with Prof. Roger Harris, GB, the Internatl. CREATINE-2015 Conference on "Creatine in Health, Sport and Disease" (April 20-25th) held in Laufen, Germany.
The Lectures of the invited speakers held at this Congress have been published in the Special Issue: "Creatine for Life: in Health, Sport and Medicine" in the Journal "Amino Acids" (Springer Verlag) (Aug.2016) Vol 48 (8):1439-2199 (Issue Editors: Theo Wallimann and Roger Harris).
Cell Biology Association USA
Biophysical Society USA
Union of Swiss Society for Experimental Biology (USGEB)
Past teaching at ETH Zurich
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