Prof. Dr. Elvira Mass - Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prizewinner 2020
Immunology, University of Bonn
Prof. Dr. Elvira Mass
© Silvia Hoch
Elvira Mass investigates the development and function of macrophages, cells of the innate immune system. Her work has resulted in seminal insights into the molecular basis of the role of tissue macrophages in organogenesis – the process of organ development in the embryo – which she has published in high-calibre journals. Her insights are contributing to a better understanding of certain conditions such as osteopetrosis, in which bones become abnormally dense, and neurodegenerative disorders, which are caused by mutation-carrying microglial cells. Elvira Mass earned her doctorate in Bonn and worked as a researcher in London and New York before returning to Germany to lead an independent junior research group at the LIMES Institute at the University of Bonn, where she was recently appointed to a W2 professorship.