Dr. Günter Valet-- Bio

Professor Günter Valet studied theoretical physics (1961-62) and medicine (1962-68) in Munich, Freiburg and Montpellier, graduated as MD with subsequent clinical formation and research work at the Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie (MPIB) in Munich (1968-71). A research fellowship concerning the biochemistry of the human complement system at Scripps Clinic & Research Foundation, La Jolla, CA (1972-73) was followed by habilitation at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich in 1974. Appointments as professor for experimental medicine in 1981, head of the independent Mildred-Scheel Laboratory for cancer cell research at MPIB, Martinsried (1981-1989) and as head of the cell biochemistry group since 1989 provided the possibility for medicine directed transdisciplinary molecular cytometry research work. The development of sensitive fluorescence cell function assays and of multiparameter flow cytometers opened the way for the analysis of single cell functions as fast indicators for alterations of disease activity in patients (1981-95).

The establishment of algorithms data pattern analysis (“data sieving”) for cytometric and other multiparameter data (1987) represents the basis of the predictive medicine by cytomics concept (2001). It permits therapy dependent disease course predictions for individual patients, thus representing a new potential for the improvement of medical services in everyday medicine. It seems also suitable for the discovery of new drug targets. The proposal of a human cytome project (2004) has the potential for the establishment of a generalized molecular cell and disease classification system since cells represent the elementary function units of organisms with diseases emerging as consequence of molecular alterations in cells and cell systems (cytomes). Refer to (http://www.biochem.mpg.de/valet/cellbio.html#tabcont) for Professor Günter Valet’s numerous scientific articles.

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