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Prof. Dr.
Joachim Müller-Quernheim

Department of Pneumology
Medical Director
Phone: 0049-761-270-37060


  • 1980-1982 Post-Doc training in basic immunology, collabora-tive research center 107, University of Mainz, research on vasculitis
  • 1982-1993 Home staff training appointment for internal medicine, pneumology and allergology, IIIrd Medical Department, University of Mainz; immunological research on autoaggressive disorders. 1990 senior staff member and Ph.D.
  • 1984-1986 Post-Doc,.Pulmonary Branch of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA, research on the immunopathogenesis of sarcoidosis
  • 1993-2002 Senior investigator, Research Center Borstel; and Senior staff member,       Medical Hospital Borstel, Germany. Research on immunology and genetics of sarcoidosis
  • Since 2002 Full Professor (C4) and Medical Director of the Department of Pneumology, Medical Center - University of Freiburg

Focus of research

  • Diagnostics, immunopatho-genesis, genetics and therapy of the granulomatous lung disorders sarcoidosis and berylliosis
  • Immunopathogenesis and diagnostics of fibrosing lung diseases

Selected publications

  • Rivera NV, Ronninger M, Shchetynsky K, Franke A, Nothen MM, Muller-Quernheim J, Schreiber S, Adrianto I et al. High-Density Genetic Mapping Identifi es New Susceptibility Variants in Sarcoidosis Phenotypes and Shows Genomic-driven Phenotypic Differences. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2016; 193:1008-22.
  • Fischer A, Ellinghaus D, ... Nebel A, Muller-Quernheim J, Franke A, Schreiber S. Identification of Immune-relevant Factors Conferring Sarcoidosis Genetic Risk. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2015; 192: 727-36.
  • Balmes JR, Abraham JL, Dweik RA, Fireman E, Fontenot AP, Maier LA, Muller-Quernheim J, Ostiguy G, et al. An official American Thoracic Society statement: diagnosis and management of beryllium sensitivity and chronic beryllium disease. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2014; 190: e34 – e59.
  • Hofmann S, Fischer A, Nothnagel M, … Zissel G, Muller-Quernheim J, Schreiber S. Genomewide association analysis reveals 12q13.3-q14.1 as new risk locus for sarcoidosis. Eur Respir J. 2013; 41:889-900.
  • Maertzdorf J, Weiner J, Mollenkopf HJ, Bauer T, Prasse A, Muller-Quernheim J, Kaufmann SH. Common patterns and disease-related signatures in tuberculosis and sarcoidosis. Proc Nat Acad Sciences USA. 2012; 109:7853-58.