A whole working life for leukemia research

After 30 years of working at the Leibniz-Institute DSMZ and 40 years in leukemia-lymphoma-research, Prof. Hans G. Drexler MD will “tirelessly retire”.

Internationally renowned leukemia-lymphoma researcher and head of the Department for Human and Animal Cell Cultures, Prof. Hans Günther Drexler MD of the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures, will enter retirement on 31st December 2019. The hematologist took over the reins of the DSMZ-Department on 1st May 1989, when it was newly founded, and went on to build it up as one of the world’s leading collection and research departments. 

Prof. Hans G. Drexler, MD: in leukemia-lymphoma-research since 1979
Since starting his doctoral thesis in December 1979 in Ulm, Southern Germany, his continuous and primary focus has been on leukemia-lymphoma-research. Prof. Drexler describes himself as “a physician in science”. In 2001, he qualified as Professor at the Technical University Braunschweig in Northern Germany, the same institution that appointed him Adjunct Professor in 2005. For the last 26 years, the researcher has regularly held lectures on the topic of “biology and blood cell diseases”. Drexler attended medical school at the University of Ulm, and graduated “summa cum laude” in 1982. His scientific career took him to the Loyola University in Chicago, USA, and the Department of Hematology at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine of the University of London, Great Britain, for a total of six years. 

530 publications and 620 marathons: Prof. Hans G. Drexler, MD
Professor Drexler’s publication list includes 530 published articles, mainly in international journals and textbooks. Amongst others, his work was published in renowned journals such as “Nature Genetics”, “Blood” or “Leukemia.” His textbooks on leukemia-lymphoma cell lines are standard references on this topic all across the globe. Apart from his scientific activities, Hans G. Drexler is also a dedicated sportsman. In the past 20 years, he has run more than 75,000 kilometers in 620 marathons and ultra-marathons – in 86 of these he successfully completed distances of 100 kilometers and 100 miles. The academic has announced his intention to keep staying active in the future as well, planning to hold lectures in Braunschweig, Italy and Spain and to continue to contribute scientific papers in his area of expertise. His running shoes will continued to be a fixture in his travel bag. 

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