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Katharina Schmidt-Bleek

PD Dr. rer. nat. Katharina Schmidt-Bleek

Principal Investigator - Bone Healing

Berlin Institute of Health
Julius Wolff Institut - Center for Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Regeneration
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Föhrer Str. 15
13353 Berlin

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In her research, Dr. rer. nat Katharina Schmidt-Bleek aims to unravel the regeneration capacity of bone tissue. This research area allows her to combine her two university qualifications, molecular medicine and veterinary medicine, to study the organ system “bone” in vitro and in vivo. She is specifically interested in the interaction between the musculoskeletal and the immune system with a particular focus on the adaptive immune system.

The complex processes of bone healing, adaptation and homeostasis offer a multitude of fascinating research approaches, which address the currently unmet clinical needs in the field of bone healing. Especially the demographic changes with an increasingly aged population generates more need for knowledge in this clinical field. Particularly the emerging field of osteoimmunology offers promising therapeutic approaches in this respect. The need for basic research knowledge for the development of such therapeutic approaches is central to the research group of Katharina Schmidt-Bleek.

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Research Group Bone Healing

Team Bone Healing

Vita PD Dr. rer. nat. Katharina Schmidt-Bleek

Professional Development

  • Dezember 2019
     Habilitation, Charité 
    "The influence of the immune system on the regenerative processes of bone healing"
  • Since 2016
    Head of the Research Facility “Advanced Animal Models”
  • Since 2012
    Research Group Leader “Biology of Bone Healing”
  • 2012
    Veterinarian for Laboratory Animal Science
  • Since 2010
    Prinzipal Investigator “Osteoimmunology”
  • Since 2006
    Veterinarian and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Julius Wolff Institute and Center for Musculoskeletal Research Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • April 2006
  • 1999 – 2006
    Study of Veterinary Medicine, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Juni 1997
    Dissertation, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 1994 – 1997
    Doctoral Thesis in Molecularbiology, Institut für Genbiologische Forschung Berlin GmbH
  • 1993
    Diploma in Biology
  • 1987 – 1993
    Study of Biology, Universität Kaiserslautern and Universität Hamburg

Scientific Development

  • Seit Dez 2006 
    Veterinarian and Postdoctoral Fellow, Julius Wolff Institute, Charité
  • 1994 – 1997 
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Institut für Genbiologische Forschung Berlin GmbH

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Professional Affiliations

  • DGOU – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
  • European Calcified Tissue Society
  • International Society for Fracture Repai
  • ORS – Orthopaedic Research Society

Reviewer for

  • DFG- Deutsche ForschungsgemeinschaftJournal of Orthopeadic Researche
  • Cells & Materials Journal
  • Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
  • Tissue Engineering: Parts A, B, & C
  • Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and TraumatologyJournal of Biomechanics
  • Bone


  • BSRT Course Preclinical Studies I: Animal experiments in science
  • Practical Course on "Bone healing models and monitoring"
  • FELASA A and C course

Organizer of

  • Immune modulation as therapeutical strategy in bone regeneration; ORS workshop, New Orleans 2014
  • ISBR – International Symposium on Bone Regeneration, Berlin 2015
  • The good and the bad - interdependency of bone and immune cells: Possibilities for future treatments?; ORS workshop, Disney's Coronado Springs Resort 2016





Founded by the DFG (Project Number: 427826188)
Funding Period 2021-2024





Founded by the DFG (Project Nummer: 249509554)
Funding Period 2014-2022