Robert Thimme

Principal Investigator

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

Hugstetter Straße 55
79106 Freiburg i. Brsg.

Current position

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

Academic training

1989 – 1996 Study of Medicine in Berlin and Freiburg

Scientific qualifications

2006 Habilitation in Internal Medicine, University of Freiburg
(Mentor: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. H. E. Blum)
1994 Dissertation in Medicine, University of Freiburg
(Supervisor: Prof. Dr. O. Haller)

Postgraduate Positions

since 2013 Director, Department of Medicine II,
Medical Center - University of Freiburg
2012 – 2013 Assistant Director, Department of Medicine II, and Head of the Liver Center for Freiburg, Medical Center – University of Freiburg
since 2009 Heisenberg Professorship W2/W3 in Hepatology
2005 – 2009 Junior Professorship for Hepatitis Viral Infection,
University of Freiburg
2001 – 2005 Assistant physician, Department of Medicine II,
Medical Center – University of Freiburg
1998 – 2001 Research Fellow in the Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, USA
(Prof. Dr. F. V. Chisari)
1996 – 1998 Assistant physician, Department of Internal Medicine II,
Medical Center - University of Freiburg

Miscellaneous (Honors, Awards)

2020 Elected member to German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
2007 Thieme Prize for Medicine of the Leopoldina Academy for natural scientists
2007 Kußmaul Prize of the „Südwestdeutschen Gesellschaft für Gastroenterologie“
2007 Dr. Norbert-Henning Prize for Gastroenterology,
University of Erlangen
2003 Heine Medin Award of the European Society of Clinical Virology
2002 Emmy Noether Program DFG
2002 Research Award of the American Liver Foundation, San Diego, USA
1994 Ludwig Heilmeyer Prize of the University of Freiburg

link to all publications from R. Thimme: Pubmed

Publications based on CRC1160 funding

Globig, A. M., M. Heeg, C. S. Larsen, R. D. Ferreira, G. Kindle, S. Goldacker, V. Strohmeier, S. L. Silva, C. Cunningham-Rundles, I. Quinti, R. Thimme, D. Bettinger, M. Schultheiss, and K. Warnatz. 2021. International multicenter experience of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt implantation in patients with common variable immunodeficiency. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 13:S2213-2198(21)00301-9.

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.

Kemming J, Thimme R, Neumann-Haefelin C. 2020. Adaptive Immune Response against Hepatitis C Virus. Int J Mol Sci. 21(16):E5644. doi: 10.3390/ijms21165644.

Hofmann M, Thimme R. 2020. Hepatitis B vaccine and NK cells: a new player in memory. Gut. 15:gutjnl-2020-321151. doi: 10.1136/gutjnl-2020-321151. Online ahead of print.

Binder, B., and R. Thimme. 2020. CD4+ T cell responses in human viral infection: lessons from hepatitis C. J Clin Invest. pii: 133222. doi: 10.1172/JCI133222. [Epub ahead of print]

Heim, K., Neumann-Haefelin, R. Thimme, and M. Hofmann. 2019. Heterogeneity of HBV-Specific CD8(+) T-Cell Failure: Implications for Immunotherapy. Front Immunol 10: 2240.

Kemming, J., E. Reeves, K. Nitschke, V. Widmeier, F. Emmerich, T. Hermle, E. Gostick, A. Walker, J. Timm, D. A. Price, M. Hofmann, R. Thimme, E. James, and C. Neumann-Haefelin. 2019. ERAP1 allotypes shape the epitope repertoire of virus-specific CD8(+) T cell responses in acute hepatitis C virus infection. J Hepatol. 70(6):1072-1081.

Schuch A, Salimi Alizei E, Heim K, Wieland D, Kiraithe MM, Kemming J, Llewellyn-Lacey S, Sogukpinar Ö, Ni Y, Urban S, Zimmermann P, Nassal M, Emmerich F, Price DA, Bengsch B, Luxenburger H, Neumann-Haefelin C, Hofmann M, Thimme R. 2019. Phenotypic and functional differences of HBV corespecific versus HBV polymerase-specific CD8+ T cells in chronically HBV-infected patients with low viral load. Gut. 68(5):905-915.

Schuch A, Zecher BF, Müller PA, Correia MP, Daul F, Rennert C, Tauber C, Schlitt K, Boettler T, Neumann-Haefelin C, Hengel H, Pircher H, Cerwenka A, Thimme R, Hofmann M. 2019. NK-cell responses are biased towards CD16-mediated effector functions in chronic hepatitis B virus infection. J Hepatol. 70(3):351-360.

Neumann-Haefelin, C., and Thimme. 2018. Entering the spotlight: hepatitis B surface antigen-specific B cells. J Clin Invest 128: 4257-4259.

Adam, L., K. Zoldan, M. Hofmann, M. Schultheiss, D. Bettinger, Neumann-Haefelin, R. Thimme, and T. Boettler. 2018. Follicular T Helper Cell Signatures in Primary Biliary Cholangitis and Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis. Hepatol Commun 2: 1051-1063.

Hofmann, M., D. Wieland, Pircher, and R. Thimme. 2018. Memory vs memory-like: The different facets of CD8(+) T-cell memory in HCV infection. Immunol Rev 283: 232-237.

Provine, N. M., B. Binder, M. E. B. FitzPatrick, A. Schuch, L. C. Garner, K. D. Williamson, B. van Wilgenburg, Thimme, P. Klenerman, and M. Hofmann. 2018. Unique and Common Features of Innate-Like Human Vdelta2(+) gammadeltaT Cells and Mucosal-Associated Invariant T Cells. Front Immunol 9: 756.

Mathew NR, Baumgartner F, Braun L, O’Sullivan D, Thomas S, Waterhouse M, Müller TA, Hanke K, Taromi S, Apostolova P, Illert AL, Melchinger W, Duquesne S, Schmitt-Graeff A, Osswald L, Yan KL, Weber A, Tugues S, Spath S, Pfeifer D, Follo M, Claus R, Lübbert M, Rummelt C, Bertz H, Wäsch R, Haag J, Schmidts A, Schultheiss M, Bettinger D, Thimme R, Ullrich E, Tanriver Y, Vuong GL, Arnold R, Hemmati P, Wolf D, Ditschkowski M, Jilg C, Wilhelm K, Leiber C, Gerull S, Halter J, Lengerke C, Pabst T, Schroeder T, Kobbe G, Rösler W, Doostkam S, Meckel S,Stabla K, Metzelder SK, Halbach S, Brummer T, Hu Z, Dengjel J, Hackanson B, Schmid C, Holtick U, Scheid C, Spyridonidis A, Stölzel F, Ordemann R, Müller LP, Sicre-de-Fontbrune F, Ihorst G, Kuball J, Ehlert JE, Feger D, Wagner EM, Cahn JY, Schnell J, Kuchenbauer F, Bunjes D, Chakraverty R, Richardson S, Gill S, Kröger N, Ayuk F, Vago L, Ciceri F, Müller AM, Kondo T, Teshima T, Klaeger S, Kuster B, Kim DDH, Weisdorf D, van der Velden W, Dörfel D, Bethge W, Hilgendorf I, Hochhaus A, Andrieux G, Börries M, Busch H, Magenau J, Reddy P, Labopin M, Antin JH, Henden AS, Hill GR, Kennedy GA, Bar M, Sarma A, McLornan D, Mufti G, Oran B, Rezvani K, Shah O, Negrin RS, Nagler A, Prinz M, Burchert A, Neubauer A, Beelen D, Mackensen A, von Bubnoff N, Herr W, Becher B, Socié G, Caligiuri MA, Ruggiero E, Bonini C, Häcker G, Duyster J, Finke J, Pearce E, Blazar BR, Zeiser R. Sorafenib promotes graft-versus-leukemia activity in mice and humans through IL-15 production in FLT3-ITD-mutant leukemia cells. Nat Med. 24: 282-291.

Wieland, D., J. Kemming, A. Schuch, F. Emmerich, P. Knolle, Neumann-Haefelin, W. Held, D. Zehn, M. Hofmann, and R. Thimme. 2017. TCF1(+) hepatitis C virus-specific CD8(+) T cells are maintained after cessation of chronic antigen stimulation. Nat Commun 8: 15050.