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PD Dr. med. Ingo Hilgendorf

Coordinator of Translational Research



+49 (0)761 270 37844


Research Interests

  • Retrieving research questions from clinical practice and putting novel insights on disease mechanisms into a clinical context
  • Studying inflammation as a common denominator of conventional and novel cardiovascular risk factors
  • Special focus on heterocellular interactions of innate immune cells from the single cell to the organism level

Brief CV

Ingo Hilgendorf studied Medicine at the University of Tuebingen and at Brown Medical School, Providence (2000-2007), receiving his medical doctoral (Dr. med.) degree in 2008. He then joined the Department of Cardiology at the University Hospital Freiburg (Chair: Prof. Christoph Bode) for his medical training. Receiving research scholarships from the German Research Foundation and the Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis Research, he joined the group of Prof. Filip Swirski at the Center for Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School, Boston (2011-2013) for his postdoctoral training in immunology and cardiovascular research. Upon his return to Freiburg, he established the Research Group for Immunocardiology being awarded an Emmy Noether grant by the German Research Foundation, while also working as an attending physician, interventionalist and deputy of the head of the Department of Cardiology at the University Heart Center Freiburg-Bad Krozingen. Since 2021 Ingo coordinates the Translational Research at IEKM.

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