Bertram Bengsch

Principal Investigator

Center for Medicine
Department of Medicine II
Medical Center – University of Freiburg

Hugstetter Straße 55
79106 Freiburg i. Brsg.

Current position

Group leader/Heisenberg Professor, Department of Medicine II, Center for Medicine,
Medical Center – University of Freiburg

Academic training

2002 – 2008 Study of Medicine in Freiburg with electives in London, GB,
and Philadelphia, USA

Scientific qualifications

2013 PhD Thesis in Immunology, University of Freiburg
(Supervisor: Prof. Robert Thimme)
2008 Dissertation in Medicine, University of Freiburg
(Supervisor: Prof. Robert Thimme)

Postgraduate Positions

since 2020 Heisenberg Professor and Section head of Translational Hepatogastroenterology, Department of Medicine II, Medical Center - University of Freiburg
since 10/2017 Group leader, Department of Medicine II, Medical Center - University of Freiburg
2014 – 2017 Postdoctorate (DFG fellowship), Institute for Immunology & Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, University of Pennsylvania, USA
2009 – 2014 Clinical and research fellow, Department of Medicine II,
Medical Center - University of Freiburg

link to all publications from B. Bengsch: Pubmed

Publications based on CRC1160 funding

Hensel N, Gu Z, Sagar, Wieland D, Jechow K, Kemming J, Llewellyn-Lacey S, Gostick E, Sogukpinar O, Emmerich F, Price DA, Bengsch B, Boettler T, Neumann-Haefelin C, Eils R, Conrad C, Bartenschlager R, Grün D, Ishaque N, Thimme R, Hofmann M. 2021. Memory-like HCV-specific CD8+ T cells retain a molecular scar after cure of chronic HCV infection. Nat Immunol. 22(2):229-239. doi: 10.1038/s41590-020-00817-w.

Schulien I, Kemming J, Oberhardt V, Wild K, Seidel LM, Killmer S, Sagar, Daul F, Salvat Lago M, Decker A, Luxenburger H, Binder B, Bettinger D, Sogukpinar O, Rieg S, Panning M, Huzly D, Schwemmle M, Kochs G, Waller CF, Nieters A, Duerschmied D, Emmerich F, Mei HE, Schulz AR, Llewellyn-Lacey S, Price DA, Boettler T, Bengsch B, Thimme R, Hofmann M, Neumann-Haefelin C. 2020. Characterization of pre-existing and induced SARS-CoV-2-specific CD8 + T cells. Nat Med. 12. doi: 10.1038/s41591-020-01143-2.

Heim, K., B. Binder, Sagar, D. Wieland, N. Hensel, S. Llewellyn-Lacey, E. Gostick, D. A. Price, F. Emmerich, H. Vingerhoet, A. R. M. Kraft, M. Cornberg, T. Boettler, C. Neumann-Haefelin, D. Zehn, B. Bengsch, M. Hofmann, and R. Thimme. 2020. TOX defines the degree of CD8+ T cell dysfunction in distinct phases of chronic HBV infection. Gut. doi: 10.1136/gutjnl-2020-322404. Online ahead of print.

Basho K, Zoldan K, Schultheiss M, Bettinger D, Globig AM, Bengsch B, Neumann-Haefelin C, Klocperk A, Warnatz K, Hofmann M, Thimme R, Boettler T. 2020. IL-2 contributes to cirrhosis-associated immune dysfunction by impairing follicular T helper cells in advanced cirrhosis. J Hepatol. S0168-8278(20)33692-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jhep.2020.10.012.

Klocperk, A., S. Unger, D. Friedmann, M.  Seidl, K. Zoldan, J. Pfeiffer, O. Hausmann, V. Benes, G. Andrieux, T. Boettler, A. Sediva, B. Bengsch, and K. Warnatz. 2020. Exhausted phenotype of follicular CD8 T cells in CVID. J Allergy Clin Immunol. pii: S0091-6749(20)30333-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2020.02.025. [Epub ahead of print]