Ulrich auf dem Keller received his diploma in Biochemistry in 2000 from the University of Tubingen, Germany and his PhD in 2005 from the ETH Zurich, Switzerland, after completing his doctoral studies with Prof. S. Werner and supported by a Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds PhD fellowship in the Institute of Cell Biology. After a short postdoctoral period in the same department he joined in 2006 Prof. C. M. Overall’s laboratory at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada as a recipient of a Research Fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG) to work on protease proteomics. In 2009, he returned to ETH Zurich as a Senior Scientist and Junior Group Leader, where he applies advanced proteomics to elucidate the function of proteases in skin inflammation and repair.

Supported by a Novo Nordisk Foundation Young Investigator Award, Ulrich auf dem Keller will move his laboratory in September 2017 to the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), where he will continue his work on interconnected protease networks in the healing skin wound and in collaboration with the Copenhagen Wound Healing Center on the elucidation and characterization of biomarkers for healing impairments by proteomics analysis of clinical wound exudates.


As an active researcher in the field of cutaneous wound healing for more than 15 years and a member of the ETRS since several years, I tremendously benefited from the society at each step of my career. Attending meetings and events organized by the ETRS resulted in active exchange with several ETRS members, created novel ideas and finally led to collaborative and highly interdisciplinary grant applications. By becoming a member of the ETRS board, I want to give something back to the society and help in maintaining and further expanding this outstanding network of researchers dedicated to tackle a major unmet medical need with devastating impact on the quality of life of an increasing number of people.

If being elected to serve on the ETRS board, I want to particularly strengthen the exchange between basic and clinical researchers aiming at establishing even more interdisciplinary research consortia with complementary expertise. To even further extend the network, I want to support efforts in reaching out to societies with overlapping research interests, such as the International Proteolysis Society, of which I am a council member since 2015. Based on my expertise in ‘omics’ technologies, I want to contribute to increased exploitation of the power of these approaches in wound healing research with help of special topics at annual meetings and dedicated workshops.