Alexander R. Rosenkranz
Professor Alexander Rosenkranz received his M.D. from the University of Vienna in 1989. He started as a research fellow at the Institute of Immunology (University of Vienna), followed by a clinical fellowship at the Clinical Division of Nephrology and Dialysis (Medical University of Vienna) from 1993 onwards. In 1996 he received the “Erwin Schrödinger scholarship” and worked as a research fellow at the Vascular Research Division, Department of Pathology, Brigham& Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA. In 1998 he moved back to Vienna, and finished his clinical training at the Medical University in Vienna and from 1999 on at the Medical University of Innsbruck. In the years 2000 and 2002 he received his license to practice internal medicine and nephrology. In 2001 he was elected as associated Professor of internal medicine. In February 2011 he became Professor of Nephrology and head of the Clinical Division of Nephrology at the Medical University of Graz (Austria). He has received numerous national and international awards including the Young Investigator Award of the American Vascular Biology Society (1998), the Membrana Research Award by the European Society of Artificial Organs and the Carl-Ludwig-Preis by the German Society of Nephrology. In the period from 2001 to 2011 he headed the Laboratory of Experimental Nephrology and published in the field of experimental acute kidney injury and glomerulonephritis showing for the first time a prominent role of regulatory T cells and mast cells in the disease. Besides proceeding in this field, he has been lately involved in the research of vascular calcification and diabetes. He is reviewer for several journals in the field of nephrology including J Am Soc Nephrol, Kidney Int and BMC Nephrology. In addition, he has been board member of the Austrian Society of Nephrology, and currently serves as the president of the Society.