Prof. Dr. Andrea Vortkamp

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Phone
+49 201 183 4298
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Department
Entwicklungsbiologie

Fakultät für Biologie
Room S03 S01 A55
Universität Duisburg-Essen
45117 Essen

Research Overview
 

Genetically induced skeletal malformations and degenerating bone diseases, like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, represent major challenges of modern medicine. Both can result in severe pain, mobility restrictions and significantly impair the quality of human life. To identify the molecular basis of skeletal disorders and to pave the way for the development of targeted repair strategies we are investigating the mechanisms that regulate differentiation and growth of the skeletal elements during embryonic development and postnatal life.
We are concentrating our research on the differentiation of chondrocytes in the growth plate of endochondral bones, the formation of bone tumors and the development and maintenance of the articular cartilage in the joints.